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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…

Cologne Carnival – The Pros and Cons

Cologne Carnival – The Pros and Cons

When I booked my February long weekend trip (23rd-26th) to Cologne back in November, I had no idea that it was going to be Cologne Carnival weekend.  How’s that for a happy accident?! 😀 I was so excited about it…

Photo Friday:  Red Square – Day and Night

Photo Friday: Red Square – Day and Night

You haven’t really been to Moscow if you haven’t made the trek to Red Square. Next to the Kremlin, Red Square is what I believe to be the heart of Moscow, or even the heart of Russia. A post dedicated to…

Photo Friday: Warsaw Ghetto Wall Remains

Photo Friday: Warsaw Ghetto Wall Remains

During my long layover in Warsaw on my trip back to Moscow, I had to find what’s left of the 11-mile long Warsaw Ghetto wall.  Although I got lost for about an hour and only found the original short section…

Photo Friday:  St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

Photo Friday: St. Petersburg Palace Square at Night

You can’t go to St. Petersburg without trekking to Palace Square, which is the city’s central square, and seeing the Winter Palace, also known as The Hermitage, at night.  It was the official residence of the Russian tsars from 1732-1917,…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

Photo Friday: I’m Really in Japan

Photo Friday: I’m Really in Japan

Six years ago yesterday, September 8th, I landed in Japan for the first time, and I had my I’m really in Japan moments.  I’d been waiting my whole life to see Japan, although I never thought that my first Japanese…

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