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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Colorful Nuuk, Greenland

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A photo essay of Nuuk, the colorful capital city of Greenland. Picturesque and quaint, Nuuk is probably the cutest capital city I’ve been. Scandinavian high-roofed houses can be found in every color you can imagine: from indigo blue to electric pink, lime green to dark burgundy. While the buildings were initially color-coded as a form […]

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20 Photos of Georgia that Will Surprise You

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My Best Photos of Georgia Georgia — a name associated more with the southern state of US than the country itself, is often overlooked by travellers as a tiny landlocked country hidden in the shadows of its ex-Soviet past. For the uninitiated, Georgia is a relatively small country in the Caucasus, midway between Europe and […]

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Faroe Islands in Photos — The Secret Isles of the Atlantic

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In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tiny islands with jagged peaks and vertiginous cliff faces jut out from the sea, piercing into the sky like giant daggers. Sea stacks, craggy bird cliffs and black sandy beaches dot the coast, while steep snowcapped mountains stretch across the length of the islands. This archipelago of 18 […]

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33 Photos of Cyprus that Show It’s More Than Just a Beach Destination

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Cyprus is known to many as a sun-kissed beach destination — but few of us know its history or culture. Armed with a curiosity to learn about this island, we headed to Cyprus last week to find out what this country is all about. As it turned out, Cyprus is far more than just a summer destination. It […]

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The Colonial Town Everyone Loves — Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad Cuba

If you only have time for just one place to visit in Cuba (besides charismatic Havana of course), make it Trinidad. But don’t trust me on that, ask anyone and they’ll surely tell you the same. Trinidad is the Cuba that many people imagine: rambling cobbled streets replete with cigar-smoking men playing dominos, hat-wearing guitar-wielding folk […]

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54 Photos of Havana – A City Stuck in a Time Warp

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  Havana Photo Blog Havana has an old soul. It’s reminiscent of an old gentleman who loves his cigar and rum, who’s suave and dashing, and have plenty of stories to tell. It’s charming and charismatic – and no lady can resist it. Despite 50 years of withering neglect, it’s still achingly handsome. Prepare yourself to be […]

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Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

View from Khongoriin Els

s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from? “From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says. “They call this […]

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A Tribute to Kathmandu’s Historical Landmarks

Swayambhunath Temple

This past week, my thoughts have been with Nepal and its people, who are now in crisis after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday. The catastrophic disaster has so far killed more than 5,200 and injured 9,200. It has been the most severe earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years. Thousands of people […]

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2014: My Year in Pictures

A Huli wigman with face painting

Now that 2015 is almost here, it’s that time of the year again for to look back and reflect. 2014 has indeed been a fulfilling and meaningful year — I reprioritized my travels and made it my number one mission to tick off items on my bucket list. Places like Brazil, Papua New Guinea and […]

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The Walled City of Khiva: A Place of Myths and Legend

Sunset from Konya Ark

The flaming orange yolk is quickly making its descent, taking with it the blanket of gold it has splashed on the sand-colored medressas and turquoise minarets of the city. By this time, all the other travelers around me have all gone and I’m all alone on the watch tower of Konya Ark, save for another traveler […]

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Bukhara — Uzbekistan’s Holiest or Most Touristy City?

The dome of Mir-i-Arab medressa

With a history spanning a thousand years, Bukhara is dubbed Central Asia’s holiest city by many publications including Lonely Planet. As part of my Silk Road journey with Oasis Overland, we spent some time in Bukhara, learning about its history and much revered architectural marvels. The collection of medressas, minarets and mosques was outstanding and […]

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Uzbekistan’s Architectural Marvels — Best in the Muslim World

A dome in Samarkand

Prior to this Silk Road trip, I had seen photos of Uzbekistan’s monuments and I knew they were beautiful — but I had no idea of the extent and the sheer scale of it all. As my trip unveiled, Uzbekistan is home to some of the Muslim world’s best display of architecture, featuring grandiose gates, intricate […]

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The Sunday Animal Market in Taraz, Kazakhstan

Selling their sheeps

Sunday animal farms (mal bazari) are a big thing in Central Asia. Because They are loud, smelly and chaotic; but they also give a glimpse of Central Asian life and culture — which is exactly why I love them. Our first stop on the Central Asia overlanding trip was Taraz, a town in Kazakhstan just […]

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A Glimpse into the Smoggy Mongolian Capital of Ulaanbaatar

Flowers at Sukhbaatar square

At first glance, Ulaanbaatar seems nothing more than a dusty concrete city with smoky industrial plants lining the fringe of the city. It’s dusty, gritty and enormous, resembling one of those developing cities in China. The air is polluted, new buildings are being erected next to old buildings, while Russian military vans rattle on the pot-holed boulevards. Needless to say, […]

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A Photo Essay from Mongolia — The Land of the Blue Sky

An outstanding sunset on the grasslands

Traditional gers dot the vast steppes while sand dunes rise from empty deserts and snowcapped mountains loom over lush green grasslands: Mongolia is packed with so much pristine natural beauty that few other countries can rival. Every turn on the road reveals a different landscape, be it a hill of colors after emerging from parched […]

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