ancient merv, an archaeological gem in the karakum desert

Turkmenistan is a country full of unexpected surprises, and if you have nerve enough to navigate the quite complex and a bit costly visa...

let’s keep the sun rising: help save japan

As I walked by Union Square in New York City on Sunday, I couldn’t help but hear the chants of “Nippon! Nippon!” and “Help...

the art of the ktx: the korea train express [video]

Move over TGV and Japan Rail Bullet train, the KTX is here. The KTX, or Korea Train eXpress is South Korea's high-speed rail system,...

aboriginal cave art and the kakadu national park, northern territory, australia

For those of you who cut geography class, the Commonwealth of Australia is split into six states and two territories . Within the...

pod living at tokyo’s haneda airport

I've stayed in a few so-called "Pod Hotels" in various cities including New York, and was always somewhat disappointed that I did not get...

the anti-nuclear movement in japan gains momentum

In the country that has experienced what some say is the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986, thousands of citizens protesting against the...

in uzbekistan: does it really take a pile of cash to buy a meal?

The short answer is yes. As I arrived in Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan, I became accustomed to the Turkmenistan Manat or to simply pay...

the pacific island nation of tuvalu has only a few days of water left

Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia, and an independent nation since it achieved independence...

the tumuli burial mounds of gyeongju

One of the cities in South Korea that is lauded as the most important for seeing archaeological artifacts is the city of Gyeongju. This...

a singapore icon: the marina bay sands and its skypark

Singapore is a bustling city state of several million people. It boasts many a skyscraper, not on the scale of a city like Shanghai,...

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