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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: 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: 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: 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: Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

Photo Friday: Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

Sergiev Posad is a perfect day trip from Moscow, and you’ll be spending most of your time at the incredible monastery, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius.   Dating back to the 14th-century, it is a major tourist and pilgrimage site.…

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