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Naxi: the all singing, all dancing, nature loving people of China

Luckyily for us, we happened to arrive in Lijiang during the Naxi celebrations to their God of Water – Shu. Every year in January they hold ceremonies to worship nature, as they believe strongly in the value of water as the source of life; keeping their local river systems clean, living in harmony nearby water […]


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Lijiang: where old and new worlds butt heads

With a history of over 800 years, a unique cultural blend of ethnic minorities, a killer mountain backdrop and UNESCO heritage listed architecture, Lijiang is not only popular among Chinese tourists, it’s in danger of being loved to death. Sure, it’s beautiful, and if you focus on the details and wander away from the irritating […]


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Walking among the eternal Emperors of Vietnam

After gawking at the impressive Imperial City, we got to wondering what kind of place the Vietnamese Emperors saw fit to lay their princely heads to rest. After all, they didn’t seem to build anything by halves. With a morbid sense of curiosity we chose one of the many burial grounds there is to see […]


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Admiring the architectural beauty of Vietnam’s Imperial City

Before recent wars Vietnam used to be a land of Emperors, with a ruling royalty that appreciated a love of traditional architecture, poetry, a passion for food, art and beautiful gardens. The Citadel at Hue stands as a crumpled monument to that time; an incredible collection of temples, public spaces, royal palaces and monumental halls. […]


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Photo dump: Falling hard for Hoi An

For the first time in Vietnam I’ve felt comfortable enough to wave my camera around in the streets day and night, walking with a renewed passion for the beautiful architectural spaces of Hoi An, the village scenes unfolding, and the general vibe of being in a completely unique and lovely place. The Vietnam fantasy has […]


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Full moon dreaming on the old streets of Hoi An

After a day wandering the old worldly streets of Hoi An, getting caught up admiring the classic Japanese and Chinese architecture, and generally falling in love with the place, the sky darkened, the moon rose up, and the village atmosphere turned from charming to magical. Every month it’s the tradition in this slice of Vietnam […]


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Tikal – exploring the heart of the Mayan world in Guatemala

It´s hard to fathom the importance and grandeur of Tikal National Park until you spend time walking the dense jungle paths, climbing the steep stairs of ancient pyramids and gazing across the thick canopy from a Mayan sacrificial altar. The ambience of the landscape alone is humbling. The air is heavy with the menacing buzz […]


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Cartagena – a crumbling city of contrasts

Cartagena is one of those places that romances you with historic beauty and then disappoints you with the disparate poverty on the other side of her crumbling walls. Driving in to the sea side city, it’s all discarded rubbish, shacks, fruit vendors and muddy roads. Government corruption over many years has ensured that the cities […]


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Photo dump: Colonia, more than an Argentinian visa run. Just.

Jokingly abused as an express port for visa renewals by long term BA lovers, Colonia deserves a little more respect. With a history from 1680, UNESCO had some faith and slapped a heritage listing on the oldest town in Uruguay. A dilapidated, riverside kind of heaven for architecture junkies.  Our vote: If you’re looking for […]


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