Asia

Wander to Southeast Asia and Travel on the Cheap!

December 10, 2012
Ride an Elephant in Cambodia

As J.R.R. Tolkien wrote so many years ago, not all who wander are lost. Maybe those who wander are just filled with a little more wonder than the average person. If you think you are this person, well, the world abounds in low-cost places to travel. One such place is Southeast Asia — Vietnam, Cambodia […]

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The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 2)

July 2, 2012
If you're not careful your face can stick in that expression.

Last time we spoke about five odd but super fun sounding festivals held around the world. Today we continue that topic with five more crazy awesome festivals. Which one would you attend? 6. The Redneck Games This festival was created out of the offense taken by media implications that the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta […]

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The 10 Wildest Little Known Festivals in the World (Part 1)

June 18, 2012
Holi, India's Color Festival

There are thousands of festivals celebrated all around the world. Many are known to almost everyone, however, there are a few that are not. 1. The Baby Jumping Festival Taking place every year in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, the ceremony involves men dressed as the devil literally jumping over a mattress full […]

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The Spectacular Angkor Complex

March 7, 2012
god-king statue at bayon

The Angkor Complex was once the center of the Khmer Empire. The empire’s boundaries were central Vietnam, China, and the Bay of Bengal. The ruins lie in modern day northern Cambodia in the Siem Reap Province. The word Angkor means city and the complex was once a huge city, believed to be the largest city […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 11

April 3, 2001
A basketball team getting ready to jog.

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) Mom wanted to relax without the kids this morning. While she went to the White Swan Hotel. In the meantime my sisters and I explored the hotel from the 5th floor to the 18th floor. We climbed stairwells. We went up the stairs, and down the stairs. We […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 10

April 2, 2001
Yellow Brick Road

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) Early morning around 10 AM we go sightseeing. Did you know that the sidewalks have a yellow strip running down them? It’s to help the blind move around easier in the city. They can track where they are based on the texture. The first stop is a visit […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 9

April 1, 2001
Chinese Paper Money

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) A lot of us today went shopping as a group near the White Swan Hotel again. Around noon we head back to our hotel. One of my sisters really wanted to go swimming in the hotel’s pool with another little girl in our group so we went swimming. […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 8

March 31, 2001
Chinese kids running down the stairs.

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) Shamian Island was the heart of Guangzhou after the opium war in 1840 in the age of Imperialism. Shamian Island is 3 square kilometers in area. It is bordered by the Pearl River. After shopping near the White Swan Hotel (while other couples and families filled out more […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 7

March 30, 2001
Tickets for the Zoo

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) Early afternoon my mom, sisters, the same girls from last night at dinner, and I go to the zoo. There are 3 zoos in Guangzhou. It cost only $5 for the four of us to go. The zoo is anything but small. It’s got a mini Sea World […]

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My Trip to Guangzhou, China (Spring Break 2001): Day 6

March 29, 2001
Keira at the Sleeping Buddha

(Copied from my Travel Journal. Age: 15) Today we are going to visit the S– orphanage. When the bus arrived everybody got excited. We were given a warm reception by the director. I tried a citrus fruit, pomelo, that is native to the city and a famous Chinese drink, Jianlibao. After the snack we were […]

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