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Uluwatu Temple and the Kecak Monkey Dance

Bali’s Uluwatu Temple: The Kecak “Monkey Dance” Bali’s Uluwatu temple is beautiful, its clifftop location overlooking the Indian Ocean perfect for sunsets and engagement shoots and taunting indigenous macaques until they get fed up and rip your camera right out of your hand. While the temple itself is a beautiful backdrop, however, the temple is … Continue reading »

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Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek.

Victory! Celebrating Victory Day in Bishkek. I’m currently out of the country, missing this year’s Victory Day celebrations in Kyrgyzstan. This is a big year, though, the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and likely the last big anniversary that will see a significant number of veterans of the fighting able … Continue reading »

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Le Paradis Latin: A Paris Cabaret.

Le Paradis Latin: A Paris Cabaret Walking past in the middle of the day, you might never notice this switched-off sign or neon-less exterior tucked away on 28 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine on an unobtrusive street just near Paris’ student district. Return at night, though, and it beckons like a beacon to curious passersby. But, … Continue reading »

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Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theatre

Bishkek Opera and Ballet Theatre Like most of the former Soviet Union, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan has a strong presence of fine and performing arts – Drama and Painting and Opera and Ballet, among others. Though I had visited the Kyrygz Philharmonic Concert Hall a number of times, up until recently I had never … Continue reading »

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The Salzburg Mozart House Museum – a Monument to a Master.

The Salzburg Mozart House Museum Austria has a long history of famous musicians and composers and creative types, but in the city of Salzburg none of these are nearly as famous as little Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, and his early works were composed and played here until he left … Continue reading »

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Taking a Ride on the MuseumPlein

Amsterdam’s MuseumPlein Every good city should have a thriving green heart, an outdoor space were people can gather and frolic and maybe even pretend for a moment that they’re surrounded by trees. Amsterdam, to its immense credit, has these in spades. East Park and West Park and the Amsterdam Forest and seemingly a hundred more. … Continue reading »

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Celebrating the Start of Summer… with fire and samba!

Perhaps this has been mentioned before, but Amsterdam is kind of a strange place.┬áIt really is a lovely city, and the longer I stayed (about 3 weeks, total!) the more I could see how one could show up for three days and end up staying for thirty years. But the massive number of bikes, strange … Continue reading »

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Blues Night in Bishkek

Two thoughts here: 1. Couchsurfing is still a great way to know both people and place. 2. Sometimes a place you think you sort of know throws something at you which you completely don’t expect. The intersection of these two thoughts? Blues night. When I set up a meeting with a Couchsurfer (Almaz) one evening … Continue reading »

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