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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Main road leads to the harbor on Bodufolhudhoo Island in the Maldives

Every morning, I passed Aisha on the sleepy sand streets of Bodufolhudhoo Island. Her black head scarf and ankle-length cloak revealed only her face and hands. I longed to speak to...

Girl in cotton Yukata with traditionalJapanese hairstyle in Kyoto, Japan

On the surface, Hiroshima, Japan, was like any other large metropolitan city. Traffic streamed down the broad boulevards. Trams trundled noisily past on tracks set in the middle of the street....

How to use a Japanese toilet - not as simple as you might think

“Hey look at that! The taxi driver opened his door while he was driving down the street toward a passenger.” Matt, the 16-year old son of my traveling companions, Leanne and...

One of the most important things to know before traveling to Japan is that you will be expected to take off your shoes before entering a private home or a tea houseIt is perfectly acceptable to fall asleep on the shoulder of a complete stranger on the Metro in Japan, but don't dare talk on your cell phone while riding the Metro

Just the idea of traveling to Japan can be intimidating. It is a culture like no other around the globe, with a unique language, food, and cultural rules. Having just spent...

Viking River Mandalay Explorer boat on the Irrawaddy River near Mandalay

The sprite of a girl stood half hidden behind the bamboo gate leading to her family home. “Bye bye,” she said, waving and giggling. “Mingalaba,” I replied, using one of only...

The view from the ruins of Soe Min Gyi Monastery, every bit as good as the view from Shwesandaw Pagoda, but without the crowds

“There are only 54 steps to the top,” said my guide, Mu Mu. Easy-peasy, I thought. I can do that without even breathing hard. Halfway up the face of Shwesandaw Temple,...

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