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old stone squat toilets

Squat toilets are still ubiquitous throughout China, Japan, and rural Southeast Asia, despite the gradual changeover to Western-style toilets in many homes and institutions. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, anyone who has traveled or lived in these countries has had the opportunity to use these toilets at one point...

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Crucifixion

In what seems a lifetime ago (but was actually just the ‘90s), a friend and I went trekking around the Philippines for a few months. Part of this trip ended up overlapping with the country’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations, during which we began to hear about “nearby crucifixions”...

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Kamchatka Russia volcanoes aerial view

Kamchatka, Russia. Never heard of it? Well, you’re probably not alone… but for those in Asia looking for a truly wild and less predictable travel experience, this is a Far East destination to do some research on. Kamchatka is an absolutely massive peninsula which makes up part of the larger...

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Jeepney Philippines street scene

What role do cars and/or mass transit play in both the present and future of countries throughout Southeast Asia? Well, from dusty country roads in Cambodia to the highly efficient MRT network of Singapore, answers to this question will vary greatly of course. The almighty automobile has long held sway...

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beer taps

A brief (read as: “long–winded,” so feel free to just skip down to the list) and incomplete history Beer! The world’s third most popular drink after water and tea. It has been brewed since (at least) the days of the Egyptian empire. Some speculate even longer. And while wine...

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