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When Whales and Humans Talk: Fall Whaling in Utqiagvik, Alaska

Some experiences are so powerful that they take a long time to process. Witnessing whaling in Utqiagvik was like that for me. I traveled to Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow), the northernmost town in the United States, in October. I am very much interested in visiting the Inupiat people’s homelands. My arrival coincided with …

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Kol Ukok Kyrgyzstan

Best of Kyrgyzstan in Photos (Part 1): You Have to See It to Believe It

The beauty of Kyrgyzstan, you just have to see it to believe it. Kyrgyzstan, country of nomads and snow leopards is such a picturesque destination. The land, people, wildlife, mountains, and lakes, together they create a unique and memorable scenery. I explored a small part of this amazing country for 10 days and I couldn’t …

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Kumis

The Kumis Magic: the Power of Fermented Mare’s Milk

Drinking fermented horse’s milk? I’ve heard about it. I thought about it. I doubted it. I thought I’d never get into it. And now I’m obsessed. It’s natural to use dairy products from the animals people have. So, using milk from a horse is only logical for nomadic people in Central Asia. On our first …

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Issyk-Kul

Issyk-Kul Lake: Who Knew I Could Go on a Beach Vacation in Kyrgyzstan?

Issyk-Kul Lake: Who knew I could go on a beach vacation in Kyrgyzstan? What do you picture when thinking about Kyrgyzstan? Yurts, horses, mountains, dusty roads, and perhaps remnants of the Soviet Union? Yes, all are typical things you can find in Kyrgyzstan. What surprised me was the fact that Kyrgyzstan is a country of …

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Virginia is for Summer Lovers: Ain’t No Mountain High, Ain’t No River Wide Enough

Virginia is for Summer Lovers! Summer is the best time to enjoy the natural beauty of Virginia. That’s what #VAOutdoors is all about. You will have to get out of the car and explore! Thanks to the mild climate, it’s a great place for all four season activities but it’s especially exquisite in summer. Virginia’s …

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Experience the 16th-century Joseon Dynasty in Hahoe Folk Village

There’s no better place to experience the life of the 16th-century Joseon Dynasty than the UNESCO recognized Hahoe Folk Village. An hour away from the city of Andong, the Nakdong River flows around Hahoe Folk Village. The name Hahoe indicates the unique characteristics of this village, which translates to ‘the village enveloped by water’. Hahoe …

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