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...

a border dispute heats up: thailand, cambodia and a unesco site

Border disputes are quite common these days. Some disputes involve strategic islands or territories, others ancestral homelands, and still others water or resource rights. From...

and you thought the glass of milk was expensive

Knowing several European languages is no help in Japan. In Osaka in particular, there is a decided lack of English speakers, even in the...

the hiroshima peace park and the atomic dome [vlog]

Very little remains of the city of Hiroshima from before August 6, 1945 when the world's first use of an atomic weapon changed the...

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,...

the haeinsa temple and the tripitaka koreana [vlog]

The Haeinsa Temple was founded during the third year of King Ae-Jang's reign , by two monks Suneung and Ijung. The name "Haein" originates...

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...

vlog from the shwedagon pagoda, yangon, myanmar

The Shwedagon is a gilded pagoda and stupa 325 ft in height that is located in Yangon, Myanmar. The pagoda lies to the...

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...

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,...

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