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The Chongqing Days: World’s Longest Escalator?

Several months ago, I read a vague claim that Chongqing was home to the longest escalator in the world.  An obscure claim to fame to be sure, but quirky enough to look into.  Further research told me it was located somewhere around the Lianglukou metro station.  Like many things in Chongqing, exact map locations are…

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Hats

This raggedy leather cap is one I was handed down from an Irish traveller in Bangkok that has since worked its way into my normal travel gear.  Apparently having changed hands a couple times before him, as Gavin had no definitive idea where it came from or where it had been.  He just passed it…

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in central Bandar Sera Begawan.

Travel Theme: Center

In Bandar Seri Begawan, the small captial city of Brunei Darusalam, the whole place is centered on and built around the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.  This mosque serves as the religious symbol of the country and one of its most recognizable landmarks.  Its central dome is immediately noticeable from almost anywhere in the city. …

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Vesali: Second City of the Rakhine

“Having built a city which is more beautiful and splendid than the city of the celestial beings as if mocking the latter city . . .” – Anandacandra Stone, Verse 21 To hear about a Lost City, one that you’ve never heard of before, particularly when it is older than the one you’re already in,…

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Ephemeral

Normally, I don’t like taking photographs of people.  It’s awkward when they notice you viewing them quickly from the outside, and even more so when you go up and attempt asking permission to take pictures of them. Somewhere in between those two, though, are those accidental photos of people passing by, unintentional as they might…

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The Chongqing Days: People’s Great Hall, People’s Spitting Ground

The act of spitting is commonplace in China. Easily within your first 24 hours anywhere in the country, you’ll hear the noise of someone loudly collecting every drop of available moisture in their mouth and throat before forcibly expelling it onto some nearby surface. It’s enough of a problem that signs prohibiting the action need…