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Shymkent, Kazakhstan: My Dear Corner

It’s not easy to write a story that will interest anyone other than your mother. But I have decided to do my best and write about the city where most of my vivid memories took place. Shymkent is one of the ancient cities of Kazakhstan, dating to the 12th century when it was founded as […]

Astana, Kazakhstan: A New Capital

I was born in a Soviet town called Tselinograd, the future capital, known as Astana today. In my childhood, every Sunday, my mom and dad used to walk with our neighbors to the central bazaar. It seemed that everybody knew each other in the town, because every time we walked there my parents would greet everyone […]

Azerbaijan: A Solo Female Cross Country Adventure

“You’re going where exactly?” That was pretty much the standard response that I received when I told people that I was heading to Azerbaijan to travel cross-country from Baku to Georgia as part of my solo adventure along the old silk road trade route. Little is known about Azerbaijan globally and after helping people locate […]

Hunza, Pakistan: Growing up in Hunza

What is it like to grow up in Hunza? Well, first let me tell you what it is not. It is not just enjoying these views from your window Imagine looking out your window at grape leaves silhouetted against a backdrop of mountains, and all of this goes unnoticed because you wake up to it […]

Nepal: 7 Things to Do in Nepal

Nepal is a small, landlocked country that offers a mind-blowing array of unique and exceptional destinations for visitors. The mesmerizing views from the top of Nepal’s mountains are among the best in the world and one of the major attractions in the country. Nepal is a great country for adventure travel; yet, it is also […]

Wenchuan, China: The Wenchuan Earthquake

The Wenchuan Earthquake was a colossal event that changed the lives of so many people in China’s Sichuan Province. These are my thoughts and recollections of the event on that day and the weeks that followed. The date is forever etched in my memory. May the 12th, 2008, it was a normal Monday as I […]

Silk Street Market, China: How to Barter

The Silk Street Market in Beijing is a famous shopping market in the city’s Chaoyang District on East Xiushui Street. It was originally an outdoor market and became famous for the quality of materials and for having clothes tailor made to order. More than 1,700 small stalls are accommodated within the multistory building that has […]

Suihua, China: Hostages in Suihua

My wife (Lisa) and I were on our way to China to begin teaching in Harbin, or so we believed. We had been in Beijing for a couple of weeks visiting the major tourist attractions before heading up to the northeast of China to begin working. We took the train from Beijing and arrived into […]

Beijing, China: Getting Lost

Together with my then wife, we had been working in South Korea for around six months when we decided to relocate to China. We were not enjoying our time in South Korea and felt like giving ourselves a new challenge in a new country. We applied for teaching jobs in several cities. We knew so […]

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Six Great Things to Do

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, is the largest city in Vietnam and the main commercial center of the country. The French colonial architecture is a stark reminder of its historical past and tourists will never get bored in this fascinating city. Ho Chi Minh City is brimming with life and culture and even a […]