Kicking Back in Taitung

A brief trip to Taitung in southeastern Taiwan became a weekend of relaxation and wandering through streets in search of sights, food, and drinks.
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Witnessing the Scale of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an

On my first summer holiday in China, I visited the Terracotta Army in Xi'an and was in awe at the epic size of this ancient tomb for the Qin Emperor.
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Taking in the Art at Medici Chapel in Florence

A stop to admire the artwork of Michelangelo at Medici Chapel in Florence, Italy.

Saigon’s Notre Dame Cathedral

Visiting Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral, which was constructed in the late 19th century. The church sits on an island between busy streets.
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People Watching at the Bamboo Bridge in Luang Prabang

A stop to take in the views at the bamboo bridge in Luang Prabang, Laos, while wandering through the touristy town on my first day.

Wandering in Dalat, Vietnam

Wandering through the streets of Dalat, Vietnam's eternal spring city in the Central Highlands, on the first half day after a long bus ride from Mui Ne.

Quiet Return to Jiufen

A return to the hillside town of Jiufen in Taiwan before the tourist crowds arrive. The trip was full of beautiful views and relaxing coffee and tea.

Private Resort in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Enjoying being the only guest at a resort hotel during my stay in the beach town of Mui Ne, Vietnam.

Learning Korean History at Seodaemun Prison

A day of wandering through Seoul led me to visit Seodaemun Prison History Hall in the city's Seodaemun Independence Park.
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Returning to Saigon

A second journey to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Reflections on returning to Saigon after almost four years and re-experiencing the food, traffic, and people.
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Overcoming Church Fatigue in Venice

Finding a renewed sense of appreciation for church architecture at the ornately decorated St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco) in Venice, Italy.
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Patuxai: Vientiane’s Iconic Monument

On my first half-day in Vientiane, I sought out Patuxai, the iconic tourist destination in the center of the city.

Wandering through Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda was the only must-see tourist sight I planned for my stay in Yangon, which doesn't have a lot of major sites to visit.
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Experiencing Seoul for the Second Time

There are few cities I desire to return to, but my return to Seoul reminded me how much there is to enjoy in this sprawling city.
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Wanderings in Touristy Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, is an over-hyped, overpriced tourist town, but that doesn't mean it's not worth visiting.