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Archive for January, 2012


5 Awe-Inspiring Temples in Kyoto, Japan

Far from both the throbbing metropolis of Tokyo and the still-recovering disaster sites of Fukushima and Sentai lies Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. Though it’s a large city in its own right, the city’s charm i...
by Jim Cheney

The stone guards at Seolleung Tomb in Seoul.

Photo of the Week: The Menacing Stone Guards of Seolleung

Tucked away in the heart of bustling downtown Seoul is Seonjeongneung, a collection of three royal tombs, belonging to King Seongjong, his wife Queen Jeonghyeon, and King Jungjong, all of whom died in the 15th or 16th centur...
by Jim Cheney


Two wrestlers battle it out at the 2012 Lunar New Year Ssireum Wrestling Tournament.

Korean Wrestle Mania: The 2012 Seollal Ssireum Tournament

Monday was Lunar New Year, or Seollal as it’s called in Korea. However, instead of sleeping in and enjoying a relaxing day off of work, I woke up before the sun rose and headed off on a four hour trip to the port city of ...
by Jim Cheney

The Roman Theater of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Photo of the Week: The Roman Theater of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria isn’t on the radar for many tourists. Despite being Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv is still a small city located in the middle of an under-touristed country. It’s a shame though beca...
by Jim Cheney


If you don't book ahead, you might end up sleeping on a bench.

5 Reasons to Plan Your Around the World Trip

Planning. Even the very mention of the word can get your run out of some travel circles. However, while some treat the dreaded ‘p’ word with scorn, I am an admitted plan-aholic. While I fully agree that you need to ...
by Jim Cheney

Getting ready to go bare-handed fishing at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival.

A Wonder of Winter: The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

Note: Most of the information regarding pricing and festival events relates to my experience at the 2012 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. However, information about festival dates have been changed for 2014.  Use this post as...
by Jim Cheney