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Mopti, Mali
Mali is bustling with history and culture. If you're heading into Dogon country, see if you can find out when Mopti is doing a mask dance. We stumbled upon this even by dumb luck, and it was one of the high points of the trip. I think the kids in...
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Beijing, China
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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175 Cửa Đại, Cẩm Sơn, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
My friend and I stayed at a beautiful little inn on the river in Hoi An. Vietnam was originally not on our trip list but, since we were visiting Thailand and Cambodia, we threw it in. We were so glad that we did! Vietnam is such a beautiful...
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McMurdo Station, Antarctica
Working at McMurdo Station offers no promise of seeing wildlife. However, one amazing summer weekend, a crowd of Adelies came to visit and observe the human contingency posted at Ross Island, Antarctica. Humans are prevented by order of the...
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Kangrinboqe Peak, Burang, Ngari, China
Michael and I take the lead up a scree-choked stream draining from the Gangjam glacier. Two hours of climbing through talus brings us to ice-blue seracs rising like frozen waveforms from the mottled glacier. An hour further, in the cirque beneath...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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Calle Lion, 3383, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy
We spent the day walking around Venice and getting lost in its wonderful maze of streets. The end of the day found us facing this large church as the cat-in-the-cradle moon hung low in the sky. Randy went onto the bridge for a better view and...
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Persepolis, Iran
after touring, climbing and eating a picnic at persepolis, we came upon a nomadic family just outside of the ancient city. our driver pulled over and i walked to find the family. immediately i was swarmed by 50 or so goats, lambs, dogs and puppies...
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Tanzania

We were in our second week in Tanzania when we skipped the afternoon photo safari and stayed back in our tent camp living the local saying, “The Serengeti is a magical experience of the heart.” We watched Masaai warriors on their...

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Jl. Sedap Malam No.72 A, Kesiman, Denpasar Tim., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80118, Indonesia
While in Ubud, I saw many wonderful dance performances--there is a different one each night of the week. The best however, was Semara Ratih--it was amazing and mesmerizing. It clearly stood out above the others in its refinement. So if you are in...
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f45 3rd avenue lal bhadur sl marg, Shri Vihar, Mahaveer Nagar, Durgapura, Nagar, Rajasthan 302018, India
While on a Fulbright Summer Seminar in India, I walked into this classroom to many warm smiles and greetings of "Hello Sir."
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Disi, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jordan
If you like the desert, Wadi Rum is a fantastic place to relax for a few days. They have amazingly comfortable tents onsite (4$ a night), a great little rock climbing community, and a little general store that cooks group style breakfast and...
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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...
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Mananthavady, Kerala, India
Touring the Wayanad district of Kerala we came upon a temple where this folk dancer was performing Chakyarkoothu, a style of dance from in the area. This dancer is dressed as Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god. Five drummers thrummed a fast beat while...
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phường 11, Vũng Tàu, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Cao Dao Temple in Vietnam
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
There is nothing like locking eyes with a mountain gorilla in its own backyard.
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Unnamed Road, Peru
Colca Canyon, a three-hour drive north of Arequipa, is one of Peru’s most popular and extraordinary tourist attractions. The chasm is over 13,600 feet deep, making it one of the deepest in the world, and more than twice as deep as the...
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Hualing Market Motorway Interchange, Shuimogou Qu, Wulumuqi Shi, Xinjiang Weiwuerzizhiqu, China, 830017
I was teaching language methodology in Urumqi for the summer and our host (the department head) decided to drive us out to Hami and Tulupan for the day. We had not left this city of over 1 million people in a month so th 4 hour trek out through...
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Want to learn how to make tasty dumplings? Or hand-pulled noodles? Or the cuisine of Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan? The Hutong is a cozy retreat where you can gather with a small group and—all tools provided—learn how to make a dish or two. The Hutong...
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Arno, Italy
I knew Pisa would be crowded with Leaning-Tower-gawkers. I, of course, was one of them. But as evening fell, I was amazed at how quiet the banks of the Arno were, just a few blocks away. This trip to Italy was the 'last hurrah' of my...
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55 Luftballoons took off before the sun came up over the stunning landscape of Cappadocia Turkey. The landscape was beautiful to see from above, however I think I was more in awe of a sky full of balloons which felt like such a unique experience.
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20224 Casamaccioli, France
From a very comfortable base in Casamaccioli (population 100, this is the view from my room) chez Jean-François et Pascale, I followed a breathtakingly beautiful trail up to the top of this peak, the third highest in Corsica. Stunning vistas at...
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Pedestrian St, Chengguan Qu, Lasa Shi, Xizang Zizhiqu, China, 850000
In the Jokhang Temple square there were so many pilgrims representing many areas of Tibet. This elderly woman was watching me with my camera and seemed curious so using gestures I asked to take her photo. Her stories of a long life are etched in...
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Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
These two young gentlemen were kind enough to let me take their portrait. After our photo session the one on the right gave me quick tour of this fabulous Hindu Temple.
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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
In the days leading up to this raucous Indian holiday, it is not uncommon to see individuals who cannot wait until the official Holi-day. This gentleman has seen his fair share of colored powder.
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Fort-de-France Bay, Martinique
I was fortunate to be in Fort-de-France, Martinique on Ash Wednesday in 2011. While walking around the port city, I came upon a very colorful show of local music, dress and dance. The guests were not the only ones that enjoyed this amazing show....
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Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...