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New Haven: Exploring Art and Architecture

New Haven: Exploring Art and Architecture

About a little more than an hour drive or train ride from the metropolis of New York City lies New Haven in the state of Connecticut. A much smaller town, its fame stems from the fact that it is home to Yale University, the premier Ivy League educational institution....

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The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

The Last Stronghold of the Navajo, Canyon de Chelly

Exploring the History and Beauty of the Canyon The last rays of the setting sun painted the canyon walls a deep orange as they turned the bottom of the clouds reddish. I was at Tsegi Overlook taking in one of the classic views of Canyon de Chelly. Tsegi (Say-ih) is...

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Safari Adventure in Dubai

Safari Adventure in Dubai

Dune Bashing On a fairly pleasant winter morning (living in the tropics all my life, winters for me are blissful!), what began as a laid-back start in a cozy hotel room, turned out to be one of the most thrilling evenings of my holidays in Dubai. Accompanied by two of...

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My Experience Teaching in Kathmandu

My Experience Teaching in Kathmandu

It was the spring of 2017. Having spent 6 months in New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa before entering my university, I knew that I should be doing something abroad instead of sulking at home. But then, I had zero ideas on what to do, so I opened up and talked to...

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A Trek to Mount Genyen — Eastern Tibet

A Trek to Mount Genyen — Eastern Tibet

Tibet has always been a dream for many travelers. Its giant snowy mountains, endless grasslands, lakes, rivers, as well as its unique local culture make this place like a magnet. It was a magnet for me too. Basically, I always try to travel to new places, to not...

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The Sixth Village of the Cinque Terra

The Sixth Village of the Cinque Terra

The ferry boat glided out of the harbor of La Spezia beginning my journey to the famous 5 villages of the Cinque Terra. The weather was perfect and water an indigo blue as we cruised along the Ligurian coast. The famous villages with their small...

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Camping With Elephants at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Camping With Elephants at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

They appeared as shadows through the trees, one at first, then a second and a third, until the whole herd was illuminated by the glow of the full moon above. I scarcely dared to breathe for fear of alerting them to our presence. It was not the first time I had seen...

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The Best New York City Rooftops

The Best New York City Rooftops

When I first moved to The Big Apple, I was obsessed with finding the best rooftops in NYC. Almost every weekend, especially during spring and summer season, I felt the need to try a new one. Whether it was The Press Lounge, Harriet’s Rooftop or 230 Fifth, I developed...

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Toledo: The World’s Finest Swords

Toledo: The World’s Finest Swords

It was a sunny yet cold morning in the ancient town of Toledo, Spain. I could feel the tourists’ happiness wandering the narrow and colorful streets, delighted to explore a place that offers such a historical and archeological uniqueness. For no other reason, it is...

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An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, "Freedom's Fearful Foe: Poverty" transporting Middle America from...

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Walking Montepulciano

Walking Montepulciano

"Hear, all ye drinkers! Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine - Montepulciano's the King of all Wine!" - Francisco Redi, 1685 The Wine Vino di Nobile has been celebrated since Etruscan times, but it was only 50 years ago that the wine was officially classified...

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Sparkling Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia

Sparkling Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia

Postojna Caves and Baby Dragons in Slovenia My underground journey began with an open-air train ride. I felt like I was in an Indian Jones movie as I flew through narrow subterranean passages, and past wide open spaces with stalactites hanging like crooked teeth. The...

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Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

Driving the White Villages of Andalucia

Andalucia and its White Villages Driving the White Villages of Southern Spain Driving in a foreign country can intimidate the best of us. My first time driving in Southern Spain, I worried about mysterious traffic rules and weird signage, all of which would be in...

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, long considered the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is a 3-hour train ride from the largest city, Colombo, and was my first destination after arriving from the airport. At the station, right under the iconic Lotus Tower in the capital city, I watched locals pay...

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