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A Jolly Bali Holi(day)

Our 10 days there felt like one continuous celebration of travel diversity.

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9 Days at 7 degrees North

It felt like an indelible, self-cultivating, life-expanding embrace from another place.

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Nunobiki Herb Gardens

We were welcomed by a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds, a faint fragrance of tea and roses wafting from the boutique, and a scant number of Sunday morning visitors.

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My 50th Trip Around the Sun

What tomorrow will bring, nobody knows, but you can be sure that I am ready to go.

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Tiananmen and Tea Totaling

Actually, I was rather amused, as this very scene has happened to me countless times all over the world, many of which resulted in rewarding meetings for both parties.

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The Great Wall

For weeks I'd looked forward to visiting the Great Wall, the most iconic monument in all the land.

At Home Away From Home

Recently, some of my correspondence and conversations with far-away loved ones included questions about stages of culture shock, homesickness and longings.

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From K to J, In Just 3 Days

I spent 3 days in mid-July exploring the Kansai region of Japan -- one day and one night each in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and high above Kobe at the Arima resort area.

Culture Talk

...absolutely everywhere, I observe and absorb this colorful culture in which I now exist.

Day One in Daejeon

I lay still and just move my eyes about to determine and realize where I am now. I am in "my" apartment in "my" new city, Daejeon. Ah yes, time to get out there and take it all in.