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Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Photo Friday: Krakow’s Market Square

Krakow’s Market Square is history heaven.  Rynek Główny in Polish, or just Rynek for short, is one of Europe’s biggest medieval town squares.  Right in the middle of the Old Town between Wawel Castle and the part of the Royal…

Photo Friday: Inside Sagrada Familia

Photo Friday: Inside Sagrada Familia

A trip to Barcelona isn’t complete without going inside the iconic, yet incomplete landmark, the basilica Sagrada Familia. Just seeing it (outside) with your own eyes isn’t enough.  You need to get tickets (in advance) to go inside. Sagrada Familia…

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: Belorusskaya Stations

Photo Friday: Belorusskaya Stations

Until I make it to Belarus, Moscow’s Belorusskaya (bell-oh-roose-kaya) subway stations are the closest I’m going to get, especially the one on the circle line.  They were named after the nearby Belorusski railway station where you can take a train…

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: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Photo Friday: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood has the most incredible church interior that I’ve ever seen, which means that it’s even more stunning than the inside of St. Basil’s in Moscow…wow! It’s called the Church of the Savior…

Photo Friday: Mayakovskaya Station

Photo Friday: Mayakovskaya Station

Mayakovskaya is one of the favourites among my colleagues and students.  It isn’t frequented nearly as often as Novoslobodskaya or Komsomolskaya since Mayakovskaya isn’t on the circle line, but even though I haven’t seen all of Moscow’s metro stations yet,…

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