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Mexico City: An Amalgam of Attractions for Every Type of Traveler

Earlier this year, the Huffington Post encouraged travelers to visit Mexico City over Cancun's opalescent beaches. After all, Mexico City has so much more to offer by way of history, arts, food, and a bustling metropolis that plays home to one of the most prominent financial hubs in not only Latin America, but the world.  I had… Continue reading Mexico City: An Amalgam of Attractions for Every Type of Traveler

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Charleston: Full of surprises

(Photos by Jis K. Joseph) It was a crisp 58 degrees with sunny skies as I drove East from Atlanta on I-20 for a weekend getaway with my husband to Charleston, South Carolina. We had been looking for a short, driveable vacation to a place neither of us had been to for the Thanksgiving break,… Continue reading Charleston: Full of surprises

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Lan Kwai Fong: Meeting Strangers In the Night In Hong Kong’s Party Zone

I had worked up an appetite following my trip to Lantau island, so I wanted to find a place where I could grab a bite while also being able to mingle. Lan Kwai Fong seemed to be the perfect place to do that, so I walked there from Hong Kong Central Pier. Only occasionally missing… Continue reading Lan Kwai Fong: Meeting Strangers In the Night In Hong Kong’s Party Zone

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Built on Stilts – Tai O Fishing Village

From the Po Lin Monastery, bus tours typically head down to Tai O, which, for more than a century has remained a fishing village built on stilts by the Tanka people, according to the Hong Kong Tourism Board. The floating village reminded me of similar villages I've seen in Phang Nga Bay, Phuket in Thailand, where… Continue reading Built on Stilts – Tai O Fishing Village

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A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

Just below the Tian Tan Buddha sits the Po Lin Monastery, originally established by three monks in 1924. Po Lin refers to "precious lotus." The lotus is significant in both Hinduism and Buddhism, as it represents "spontaneous generation" such as in divine birth or spiritual development, according to the Buddha Dharma Education Association. My tour… Continue reading A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

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City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong 

My Splendid Tour guide for the afternoon was a bubbly young woman named Ivy. Speaking to a group of blank faces as the bus wormed through Kowloon to the main island, she chattered on about the island's history and some of the modern construction projects being undertaken today to connect Hong Kong by higher-speed rail… Continue reading City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong