Thimphu, Bhutan: National Memorial Chorten

October 23rd, 2013

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Bhutan is a Buddhist country where religion is taken seriously,  one sees monasteries, temples, chortens, and prayer flags, across the country. The most ubiquitous of these are the chortens. Stone or earthen square structures, with proportions about twice as tall as wide, a sloped stone roof, the shape much like a cupola, as small as … Continued

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India: Absolute Relatives After living in India for the past month and a half and Indonesia earlier, we’d gotten pretty much used to power cuts. But not like this one. If it was any other day, the electricity would cut off every now and then, a few hours here, a few there. For that time, … Continued

For the longest time, whenever I would travel to a new place, it was just for the sights, sounds and smells.  I typically turned my nose up at any foreign foods or cuisine that I did not find familiar.  I have found that it is not only I that will travel to a destination such … Continued

Mozambique Swimming with Dolphins Adventure Part 1 The skipper quickly gained our trust as he effortlessly negotiated the breaking waves. When clear, he cut-off the engines so we could remove our life jackets. And we all began our eager search for dolphins, and there they were, a pod of 14 bottlenose dolphins swimming close to … Continued

I constantly hear people talking about not seeing the draw of Dubai.  After visiting the country several times I realize that it is not the city that has a problem, it is the mindset of the travelers passing through.  Dubai has been turned from an everyday city into a booming business and cultural center as … Continued

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The real adventure began when we found ourselves lost in the sand dunes of Mozambique. On crossing over the Kosi Bay border in South Africa to Mozambique, one is confronted with mounds of soft white silky sand – in fact hills and valleys of the stuff. Someone’s car ahead of us had succumbed to the … Continued

When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie That’s amore When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine That’s amore Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling And you’ll sing “Vita bella” Dean Martin – That’s amore That song was the first thing to come to my mind the second … Continued

Sometimes I wish I would have taken my Spanish teacher’s advise when she told my classmates and I to be aware of falling in love when traveling abroad. At first, I was a bit surprised when she gave us that advise. She went from explaining the most important rules and regulations about living in another … Continued