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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: 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: 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…

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…

Hotel Chisinau, Moldova

Hotel Chisinau, Moldova

I know that a lot of people want a hotel with a good view and the most modern comforts, but walking into Hotel Chisinau in Moldova is stepping back into the Soviet era. It’s cheap, clean, and very convenient.  Staying…

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Photo Friday: Chisinau Ghetto Memorial

Stumbling upon the Chisinau Ghetto Memorial last weekend was completely unexpected.  Chisinau is the perfect city to wander around for a leisurely weekend.  The old Soviet architecture, churches, and other cultural features didn’t surprise me, but the ghetto memorial stopped…

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: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Photo Friday: Japanese WWII Tunnel in Davao, Philippines

Although only 300m in length, the Japanese WWII tunnel in Davao is worth a visit. Since it’s small, it won’t take a long time to thoroughly explore, and you won’t be stuck in the high humidity for long. The tunnel…

Photo Friday: Hwaseong Fortress

Photo Friday: Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress ought to be more well-known and made a priority for your trip to South Korea.  Hwaseong Fortress is in Suwon, a small city accessible via the Seoul metro on the dark blue line (line one) to Suwon Station.…

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