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  • Having Fun in North Korea: Pyongyang Style
    May 20, 2014
    Asia, North Korea
    I have now been to North Korea on several different visits, and my most recent trip inspired one main thought in my head: North Koreans know how to have fun!
  • Parallel Lines, Diverging Lives: Revisiting Korea's DMZ
    May 16, 2013
    South Korea
    In the past I've had the opportunity to visit DMZ from the North Korean side , and on a recent trip to South Korea I decided to head up again to see it from the South.
  • Seoul Searching: Highlights of South Korea's Capital
    June 24, 2015
    South Korea
    At first, Seoul can seem a bit cold and uninviting; however once you get the lie of the land and work out where to go, it quickly becomes clear how much this city really has to offer.
  • Road Trip to North Korea's East Coast
    October 2, 2014
    North Korea
    On my most recent trip to the DPRK, I decided to embark on a road trip unseen by most outside of the country, from Pyongyang to Hamhung and Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast.
  • North Korea's Silicon Valley: A Visit to Pyongsong
    July 22, 2014
    Asia, North Korea
    I recently took a trip to Pyongsong, a forty-minute drive from Pyongyang. A sleepy little village only just over half a century ago, Pyongsong has now grown into the capital of South Pyongan county, and a significant wholesalers' trading post.
  • South Korea
    May 18, 2015
    At first South Korea left me cold and vaguely confused. However, I have grown to deeply admire its odd mélange of ultra-modern high-tech, glaring pop culture and homespun folk customs. Forget clubbing in Gangnam; meander the street markets of Seoul like Insadong to glimpse ladies wrapped in hanbok jackets and old men swapping war stories while poking each other with acupuncture needles.
  • North Korea
    April 4, 2015
    Politics aside, North Korea is certainly one of the least understood countries on earth. I have been fortunate to visit the 'Hermit Kingdom' three times (and counting). By exploring beyond Pyongyang and meeting as many North Koreans as possible, I can confirm that reality here defies the image painted by Western media. There is much to see but perhaps most importantly, this is a safe travel destination quite unlike any other.
  • At the North Korean Side of the DMZ
    January 9, 2013
    North Korea
    North Korea is a place where people who think they've been everywhere need to go - So off I went to North Korea, all the way to their side of the DMZ to see what all the fuss was about.
  • In the Shadow of the Seven Bulls: Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
    September 11, 2014
    Asia, Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
    Karakol is unlike any other part of Kyrgyzstan. Its scenery, its diversity of people, its attractions, and even its cuisine are all unique and have a wonderfully authentic feel. And after my kitschy Issyk Kul lake experience, unique and authentic were two traits I was craving.
  • 798: from Armaments to Art Zone
    December 31, 2012
    Architecture, Art, China
    The 798 Art Zone industrial area has interesting origins. Known as the "Dashanzi Factory Complex," it was formerly a cooperative engagement founded upon an alliance with the erstwhile Soviet Union (and East Germany).
  • Perfection Personified: In the Land of the Rising Sun
    March 30, 2013
    Japan
    What is it about Japan that so thrills us with almost uninhibited enthusiasm? What is the grand secret the Japanese are able to conjure almost at will in their quest to be exquisitely precise in all they do?
  • Maha Kumbh Mela: 100 Million Attend the World's Largest Festival
    February 14, 2013
    Festivals, India
    The largest peaceful gathering on Earth, the Kumbh Mela festival involves millions of people making a pilgrimage to the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, where they will bathe in an attempt to purify their sins.