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World Superstitions – Part Three

World Superstitions – Part Three

Sorry for the delay in posting part three of World Superstitions.  I’ve been trekking around Europe and surprisingly, I’ve had a lot of Internet trouble. I wonder if this is a string of bad luck…dun, dun, duuuun! A black cat…

A Photo Tour of Tomsk – My First Siberian Experience

A Photo Tour of Tomsk – My First Siberian Experience

A couple weeks ago, I went to Tomsk on a quick work trip just like I was sent to Rostov-on-Don a few weeks prior to that trip.  I couldn’t believe it – my first trip to Siberia! 😀 The night…

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

Photo Friday: Forbidden City Favourites

The Forbidden City in Beijing is truly incredible.  I lost count how many times I said, “Woooooow!” I find that everyone talks about wanting to see the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors when discussing bucket list things…

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Photo Friday: Two Malay Palaces

Palaces represent the foundation, history, and culture of a nation, but the two Malay palaces I saw were a little different.  I think it’s because people generally associate the Petronas Towers as a symbol of Malaysia and in Melaka, you…

Photo Friday: The Mutainyu Great Wall of China

Photo Friday: The Mutainyu Great Wall of China

I trekked the Mutainyu section of the Great Wall of China, and it was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen.  It’s definitely in my top few travel experiences, and I can’t go on enough about how…

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

Why I Visit Places that are “Too Sad and Depressing”

I’ve been used to getting odd looks and having people think I’m an oddball for a long time for various reasons, but the biggest ones often come when people hear that I want to see places like Auschwitz.  They always…

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

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