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March 15, 2017

What Can You Expect on the DMZ Tour of Korea

“It looks peaceful but there are a lot of land mines and dead bodies.” That’s how Sergeant Choi described the Korean Demilitarization Zone (DMZ) as we looked out toward North Korea. DMZ Tour: What is the DMZ, anyway? The DMZ […]
March 14, 2017

My Favorite Architecture in Bucharest: Stavropoleos Monastery and Brâncovenesc Style

Stavropoleos Monastery is absolutely beautiful. Stavropoleos Monastery, Mănăstirea Stavropoleos in Romanian, also known as Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stavropoleos). It’s an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest. We saw a nun singing beautifully outside of the monastery before the […]
March 13, 2017

Life in Utsjoki: A Town in Finnish Lapland Bordering Norway

What is it like to travel Utsjoki? I believe I inherited the blood of the northerners. Seeing the snow-covered mountains and crown snow-load trees make my heart beat faster. I feel at home in the north. I’m drawn to the […]
February 28, 2017
Transylvania

Experience Transylvania Beyond Dracula: Small Villages, Romani Coppersmiths, and Fortified Churches

Dracula is a real person in Transylvania, did you know? Even to someone who doesn’t know much about Romania, the name Transylvania is familiar. Dracula, the Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker, put Transylvania on the global map. The novel […]
February 25, 2017

Get to Know the Outback: Experience the Best of Australia

As Australians say, nothing says Australia quite like the Outback. The open spaces contain so many stories that have been told over the last 30,000 years. The story of survival, exploration, and development is the backbone of the Australian identity. […]
February 17, 2017

Is It Worth Visiting Chisinau, Moldova?

“I get it, you like Moldova. But, tell me, is It really Worth Visiting Chisinau?” Before we decided to travel there, I barely knew anything about Moldova, including the fact that Chisinau is the capital city. We arrived by overnight […]
February 13, 2017
House of the Soviets

Visiting Transnistria: Am I in Moldova or Russia?

Traveling to Former Soviet Union countries? If you are really interested in countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Transnistria should be high on your list. Officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), Transnistria is a self-proclaimed republic wedged between Moldova […]
February 6, 2017

Why You Should Visit Moldova Right Now

Moldova. What do you know about this country? It’s a small territory wedged between Romania and Ukraine, which used to be part of the Soviet Union until its independence in 1991. Before that, it was part of Romania. With a […]
January 10, 2017

Finn Slough: Historic Place that Inspires, Informs, and Entertains

There’s a little piece of land outside of Vancouver, Canada, that triggers your imagination. It’s a collection of small sheds, float houses, and boats almost hidden from the main street by overgrown bushes. Time has stopped here; it’s like looking […]
January 7, 2017

Why New Orleans is the Most Interesting US City to Visit

Only a few cities in the US really stand out above the others. Many of the country’s cities are historically immature and lack the character of European cities. Anyhow, it’s the natural places of the United States that really shine. […]
January 6, 2017
Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu's bathroom covered in gold

Bucharest’s Newest Attraction: Look Inside of Ceausescu’s Private Life at Palatul Primaverii (Spring Palace)

On Christmas Day in 1989, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad. It’s difficult to understand and sum up the history of a foreign country, especially a complex one like Romania’s. Romania began a […]
December 28, 2016

Soak Up Budapest! A Guide to Budapest’s Thermal Baths

I enjoy soaking in thermal baths, especially if it’s directly from hot springs. A healthy two for one deal! Budapest was my home for a few weeks this winter which means the medicinal thermal baths were scheduled into my routine. […]