the royal palace at phnom penh

Phnom Penh is a bustling city of 2.3 million on the banks of the Mekong river. It became the capital of Cambodia in the...

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...

an increase in media censorship in uzbekistan: you wont be reading the new york...

The Republic of Uzbekistan, a land-locked central Asian country of approximately thirty million, has this week further censored access to information on the web...

koyasan and the daito, or great pagoda

Koyasan, Japan is a center of Buddhist study and practice, located in the Wakayama Prefecture at an elevation of approximately 900 meters above...

why i love japanese vending machines

Among the more prominent features of each and every Japanese street I walked down were the vending machines. Whether it was next to a...

strange and fascinating ashgabat, turkmenistan

Imagine yourself in a grand and shiny new city, built to resemble ancient Rome, with Bellagio-style fountains everywhere. Huge public parks dot the cityscape....

residents of bangkok, thailand flee the coming floods

In the latest chapter of the story of Mother Nature’s fury, Thailand has been inundated with flooding lately, partly due to a particularly fierce...

a journey to mount yasur: tanna, vanuatu’s active volcano

Mount Yasur is an active volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 1,184 ft above sea level, on the coast near Sulphur Bay, southeast of...

the mutant strawberries of south korea

As I walked around various South Korean cities, I couldn't help but notice the huge amount of strawberries available on every street corner. Not...

back to the ussr

How many people do you know who were actually in the USSR? Well, JT, your flyingnorth blogmaster, actually was - barely. The Union of...

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