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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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Hari Raya Nyepi: Bali’s Day of Silence

Hari Raya Nyepi: Bali’s Day of Silence Imagine Nyepi in Bali. Picture South-East Asia. Motorbikes vie against big smoking diesel busses for space. The scream of mechanics’ tools and the barking of road-running dogs are overpowered only when you weave far into the depths of a market and the lowing of a fresh butchery or … Continue reading »

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Instagram Updates: Talkin’ Turkey – Photos of Istanbul

Instagram Updates: Talkin’ Turkey I hang out in Istanbul a lot. Like, a lot a lot. By my count, next week’s visit will be my 20th in the past three years. Part of that is just that, living in Bishkek, Istanbul is the obvious flight hub. Part of it is that I quite like the … Continue reading »

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X Reasons You Should Get To Greece This Year

X Reasons You Should Get To Greece This Year With a friend recently planning a trip to Majorca for her upcoming vacation, my cries that now is the perfect time to head to the Greek Isles fell on deaf ears due mainly to fears about the current state of the Greek economy. Though she didn’t listen, you … Continue reading »

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Chariots and Pierced Tongues: Bisket Jatra in Bhaktapur

Chariots and Pierced Tongues: Bisket Jatra Festival in Bhaktapur It takes something special to keep me in the city of Kathmandu for an extra week instead of jaunting off to the mountains of Nepal. I’ve had good luck in the past with festivals in this country, though, whether with Tibetan monks at the Mani Rimdu … Continue reading »

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Photographer’s Guide: Varanasi ‘Ganga Aarti’ Puja Ceremony

Photographer’s Guide: the Varanasi ‘Ganga Aarti’ Puja Ceremony Whether for Hindu pilgrims on a spiritual journey or international backpackers on a decidedly more voyeuristic trip, the Indian city of Varanasi draws visitors from all over the world and one of the headline attractions in town is the nightly Aarti puja ceremony on the shore of … Continue reading »

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia: An 80 Year Anniversary

Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia: An 80 Year Anniversary I’ll level with you for a moment. Lonely Planet and every other tourist guide out there would have you believe that the moment you step into the Hagia Sophia, your life will change. Angels will sing and the sky will shine and you will never be the same … Continue reading »

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Austria’s Benedictine Melk Abbey: The Other Side of the Danube

Austria’s Benedictine Melk Abbey Lest you think Austria’s Wachau Valley is all bike trips and vineyards and crumbling castles,  it seems worth mentioning that there are quite a lot of ancient monastic orders that have set up shop in the region as well. There are around 50 historic abbeys in the country, 36 of which … Continue reading »

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