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A Week in Istanbul, in Photos

When I started my 2015 Euro trip, I hadn’t planned on going as far east as Istanbul. However, every traveler I met along the way who had been to Istanbul before told me that I absolutely had to go. Two months into my trip, I had made it to Split, Croatia and had a 1 week […]

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2 Visits To The Netherlands, in Photos

Amsterdam (Visit 1) Amsterdam was the first stop on my 2015 Euro trip. Before I left, I was told that Amsterdam might as well have been designed by spiders and that I should be prepared to get lost. I landed at Schiphol Airport on cool day in July, took the Intercity train into Amsterdam, and fell in […]

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Why I Am Ready To Join The Vancouver Exodus

Or, Why I Am On The Brink of Becoming An Expat It was one of those Sundays in early January when you wake up to bright, stark sunlight streaming through your blinds. My fellow Vancouverites might know the one. It’s been grey and dreary for months. You open your curtains to a brave new world and see, […]

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Spanish Ports and The Canary Islands, in Photos

Barcelona Before I left on my 2015 Euro trip, I asked for suggestions on must-see European cities and the answer was a resounding “Barcelona! You have to go to Barcelona!” In fact, enough people seemed in love with Barcelona that I considered staying there for a month to recuperate from intensive traveling before I was […]

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The Politics of “Chinese Taipei”

Firstly, “Chinese Taipei”=Taiwan. The title “Chinese Taipei” appears at international sporting events, conferences, and beauty pageants, carried largely by Mandarin-speakers of Chinese descent from the island of Taiwan. It was designed by the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) to deliberately cause confusion in its continued efforts to maintain international belief that Taiwan is a […]

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