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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…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

Inle Lake, the shallow and cold lake in eastern Myanmar, has supported numerous cultural traditions throughout the centuries, some of whom actually made there homes in the waters of the lake itself.  These standing (sometimes called floating) villages have endured to this day.  Despite the nearby town of Nyaung Shwe transforming into a dozens of…

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Huay Xai: Crossing the Mekong

The border between Thailand’s Chiang Khong and Laos’ Huay Xai was the most relaxed border I have ever seen. It’s actually harder to get out of Thailand than it is to get into Laos. Chiang Khong itself is a ways from the nearest decent-sized city of Chiang Rai, but the ride is quite a nice…