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Japan and South Korea: cherry blossoms spring flings!

The evidence of the forthcoming spring is heralded by all things botanical – and most convincing and much-awaited of them all, the blooming of cherry blossom trees. During this time, vegetation slowly regains signs of life with their remarkable display of lush, vibrant colors enough to lure a crowd of locals and committed travelers. The cool, crisp air the season brings (a mild 10-15 degrees Celcius during daytime) also contributes to a reassuring ambience perfect for a nice stroll through some soul-inspiring landscape. Continue reading

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The Sands of Mui Ne

The famed red and white sand dunes in the Vietnamese coastal town of Mui Ne, some 200 kilometers off of Ho Chi Minh City, is nature’s massive arena for what is considered to be one the most breathtaking sunrise you can ever witness on this side of the continent. While we naturally prepared for the likelihood of a disappointment, we still carried on with the plan to see what the hoopla is about. Continue reading

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The Berlin Baptism: Beer and Bratwurst

After spending an evening cautiously dodging broken glass and confused revelers in one of the local street festivals in Berlin, I didn’t have any trouble believing that the Germans need no reason to justify their inebriation. You would normally see them drinking in pubs, on the streets (it’s legal), at breakfast (is OJ overrated?), and even during sleep, I’d assume. Continue reading