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Scaling Sri Pada(Adam’s Peak)

Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in a few amazing cities (Philadelphia, NY, LA, HK, Singapore), but when I’m traveling, I’m blown away by natural beauty.  Sri Lanka is one of those unmistakably awe-inspiring countries.  Its lush, untouched lands have appropriately earned it Garden of Eden references. Why is it called Sri Pada/Adam’s peak? This 2,243 m (7,359 ft) mountain has …

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Gems of Rio de Janeiro

I first got to know Rio through the riotous lens of a Carnivale, but I promised myself I’d find out what local life was like.   So I stayed in Rio for 3 weeks. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries: Lagoon, photo credit Ana Carolina do Nascimento Guimaraes Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas-A lagoon with a paved 7.5 km (>4.5mile) bike/running …

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life hacks for travelers

How To Save Money On Flights

Protip: Clearing your browser cache before booking flights and hotels online can save money!  Booking sites tend to increase fares if you’ve visited the site before. http://ow.ly/9ZsK304MHI3

Shows in China

I once sat in a Seaworld show (I never saw The Cove sorry) and smirked to myself at all the Chinese acrobats there were.  The entire troupe was Asian. Even Cirque du Soleil shows I’ve seen have had solid Asian contingents.  I supposed out of a billion people the odds for finding lithe aerodynamic performers …

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Respect for Hakone, Japan

Japan makes me feel like a changed person after visiting.  I can’t think of another country that coats its streets with a sound muting barrier.  It’s a country that I think actually prefers enough silence to hear a pin drop.  For everything they do, there’s a deep level of respect. Relaxing in an onsen (natural hotspring) is a …

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