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Traveler Holiday Gift Picks

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It's holiday shopping season, so here's a list of traveler gift picks to help you find the right gift for the traveler on your list.
xmas taipei

Celebrating an Expat Christmas

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Celebrating holidays away from home can be difficult and, for some, stressful. And while I don't celebrate Christmas, I have taken part in activities in some countries.

Happy 2015!

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“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ―...
thailand

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Because it's Mother's Day, I think this picture from Thailand belongs here, even though I can't explain it. I figure my mom will at...
angkor wat

Happy 2014!

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Happy New Year, friends and readers! I celebrated in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night, but didn't join in the festivities on Pub Street as the...
yuyuan shanghai

Black Friday

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I have a confession to make. I'm a terrible consumer. I hate shopping. Crowds are even worse. Combine all that on Black Friday and...
seoul fireworks

Independence Day in Seoul

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Celebrating Independence Day in Seoul, South Korea, with a spicy burger and some beer in Noksapyeong with a surprise fireworks show.
montreal fireworks

Freezing into the New Year in Montreal

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Spending the New Year's Eve in the frigid Canadian city of Montreal. Following the crowds to watch the festivities and fireworks along the river.
china firecrackers

Happy Dragon

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新年快乐! Happy New Year to everyone celebrating the Year of the Dragon. I have a lot of fond memories of celebrating Spring Festival in China....
dameisha shenzhen

May Day, Day Late

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Yesterday was May Day, or International Labor Day, whichever you'd prefer. It was celebrated in various ways around the world--protests in Seattle and Istanbul,...
chengdu china

Slithering into a New Year

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The Chinese New Year is upon us! It's the year of the snake, which probably means that a lot of people in China will...
Queen Sirikit

Party Crashing

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It was a pleasant coincidence that I booked my trip to Halifax during Canada Day celebrations. I also visited Montreal last year during a...
Luang Prabang Laos

Is It Spring Break Yet?

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One of the advantages of teaching at a college is that I have more vacation time. Unfortunately, I don't work at a college that...
xmas taipei

Christmas Greetings from Taipei

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East Asia loves Christmas--I witnessed this while living in China. My Christmas tradition didn't change much when I moved to southern China years ago;...
tim burton christmas

Tim Burton Christmas in Tokyo

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I found a Tokyo department store window display for Christmas, "Finding Wonder Christmas," that reminded me of Tim Burton.