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...

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...

the japanese yen is a dangerous currency

It is common knowledge that Tokyo is not a city for the thrifty. In fact, according to a February report from the Economist, Tokyo...

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...

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...

the javan rhino is now extinct in vietnam. less than fifty remain in...

Both the World Wildlife Fund and the International Rhino Foundation have declared Vietnam's rare Javan rhinoceros extinct in that area after a group of...

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 algerian pavilion [le pavillon algérien] at expo 2017 in astana, kazakhstan

For my friends in Algeria, this is the Algerian pavilion at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Pour mes amis en Algérie, c'est le pavillon...

mr. that’s [not so] wild ride

Mr. That (pronounced “tat”) was my Tuk-Tuk driver during my days exploring Angkor Wat from Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Tuk-Tuk is such a common...

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