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Archive for December, 2011
 

 
Kinkaku-Ji - The Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Photo of the Week: Kinkaku-ji, The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Since I’ve been spending this past week traipsing around Tokyo, Japan, I thought that I would use my Photo Friday post this week to highlight one of my favorite sites in Japan: Kinkaku-ji. Also known as the Golden Pavilio...
by Jim Cheney
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The view from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office observation deck.

How to See Tokyo From Above Without Breaking the Bank

When thinking of a budget destination, Tokyo, Japan might be the last place that comes to mind. From expensive hotels to the world’s most expensive ramen, it’s hard to find a good deal in Tokyo. When visiting Tokyo,...
by Jim Cheney
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How to Watch TV While Backpacking or Living Abroad

I must admit, I really enjoy watching tv. However, between the lack of the same stations, time differences, and poor-quality Internet, it can be hard to keep up with your favorite television shows while traveling. While some ma...
by Jim Cheney
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan at night.

Photo of the Week: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan

Sitting in the heart of central Taipei, Taiwan is the memorial hall to the Republic of China’s first president, Chiang Kai-shek. Completed in 1980, the stark-white, four-side building is topped by a dark octagonal roof ha...
by Jim Cheney
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Kim Jong-il Dead: Thoughts from an Expat in South Korea

When the news broke that Kim Jong-il had died, I was just finishing up my lunch, ready to go back to class. A million thoughts ran through my head: Would North Korea attack? Would South Korea attack? What would happen to the ex...
by Jim Cheney
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Seodaemun Prisoners

Uncovering the Horrors of Seodaemun Prison

If you are anything like I was before I came to live in South Korea, you probably know very little about this wonderful country. That’s not to say you know nothing. After all, you likely know a bit about the Korean War an...
by Jim Cheney
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