kyoto’s kinkaku, or golden pavillion

Kyoto was quite a surprise. I didn't know much about the city except that it was the location for the the UN climate change...

a vlog from abiverd, turkmenistan

The ancient settlement of Abiverd is one of eight historical reserves of Turkmenistan along with Kunya-Urgench, Nissa, Merv, Dakhistan etc. The ruins of Abiverd...

a golden king keeps watch over seoul

There are many things to see in the center of the grand Gwanghawmun Square in the heart of Seoul. Gyeongbokgung Palace with Mount Bukaksan...

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...

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....

a vlog from registan square, samarkand, uzbekistan

              Any tour of Uzbekistan must include Registan Square, which was for many centuries the heart of Samarkand, and quite an interesting site.  

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...

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 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...

inle lake: the venice of myanmar [video]

More fron Inle Lake, Myanmar, which has been called the "Venice of Myanmar."  Let's see why. View on YouTube

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