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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Outside of a bar on my first night in Chongqing out with coworkers, we found a strange anthropomorphic cat who seemed down and out.  Whether he was depressed or simply had too many, he wouldn’t say.  Still, it appeared he needed some consoling. So, we took turns trying to comfort him.  Sorry to say, he…

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The Chongqing Days: Coffee at Central Perk

One of the reasons I had accepted a job in Chongqing is that I had never heard of it before. This enormous metropolis directly north of where I’d spent the last three years, and I knew nothing of it. And because of this vague anonymity, it is still relatively devoid of Western-ish establishments in comparison…

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The Chongqing Days: New Year’s Eve in Jiefangbei

With the newly constructed Line 6 bridge of the Chongqing subway going straight into the center of the city, we had an easy ride to the prime location for Chongqing’s New Year’s celebration. Although celebrations were happening in bars and homes all over the city, nothing would compare with Jiefangbei. From the newly opened subway…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

  Convergence is, in a sense, one of the main tenants of Buddhism.  All the deeds of your various incarnations string together and lead to what is, in essence, your current soul.  The main monument of Budddhism, the stupa (or the pagoda, the chedi, the paya, the prang, etc.) is also a symbol of convergence,…

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Travel Theme: Bountiful

On the riverfront of the walled old city of Bagan, the shore is bustling with people loading and unloading boats as larger river barges drift slowly downstream.  From what we could tell, the main commodity being moved was dirt from the area surrounding the river.  My travel companion, who was living in Singapore, informed me…

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Travel Theme: Inviting

An exit and an entrance; borders are a welcome as well as a departure.  The border between Nong Khai, Thailand and Vientiane, Laos is one of the most frequented borders in the region, serving as one of the primary border run destinations for the countless foreigners in Thailand looking to extend their visas.  The Mekong…