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Further Away… (Chand Baori Stepwell in Abhaneri, India and Fatehpur Sikri)
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Chand Baori is an anceint stepwell, descending deep into the earth via an intricate array of beautiful stairways. They form an optical illusion worthy of MC Escher. We stopped here quickly one afternoon between Jaipur and Agra to admire the astonishing architecture. The frenetic energy of tourist spots in India is immediately overwhelming. People are offering items for sale of all kind and you...

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Agra, India – Travel Photos
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In the early morning, India breathes heavy. Tradition ripples across vibrant, sparkling saris of women carrying morning wares as the city rises. We drive on. The contrast begins to swell between vast swaths of peace and pasture, chaos and clamor. The farmland blurs past, yellow pointillism on a bed of green. Blue shrines peak through and eagles soar above in great numbers. Harbingers for locals, a litmus...

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Words for Tomorrow
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Words for Tomorrow

Jan 15, 2018 by

The airport won’t let me upload photos today. So inspired by my Dad, who’s a really wonderful person and encourages me to do things I love without fear, here are some words I wrote the day I left Denver…   In the rearview cranes lording over shells. Flanked by exoskeletons and bordered, at great distance, by shadowy crags dusted white reaching the sky. Denver...

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Delhi, India – Travel Photography
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Our sprint through India’s”Golden Triangle” began in Delhi. In just over a week we saw many of the most striking historic sites, driving about 1,000km to see Jaipur and Agra then back to Delhi. Below you’ll see bits of Delhi including the beautiful mosque Jama Masjid; Humayun’s Tomb-the model of sorts for Taj Mahal; Chandni Chowk, the market in Old Dehli seen from above; and the...

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Hong Kong is Weird
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Hong Kong is Weird

Jan 12, 2018 by

I really like Hong Kong, but it’s just so massive. So hulking. So tall. So crowded. So unlike most places I’ve been in the world. And then, outside the city, there are these tranquil and beautiful rolling hills, seasides, and gorgeous views. But all of a sudden, giant towers spurt from the green in clumps dense with humanity.  So it feels… strange to me....

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Luang Prabang, Laos – Travel Photography
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Luang Prabang was probably the biggest surprise of our trip. I honestly had no idea what to expect of Laos. Someone had casually mentioned not to expect much, suggesting that Luang Prabang was a bit behind in terms of meeting the needs of tourists.  Instead, we found a charming and beautiful French french colonial town propped on a penninsula between the Mekong and Nam Kahn...

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In Cambodia…
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In Cambodia…

Jan 9, 2018 by

By tuk-tuk Cambodia is a feast for the eyes. Teen girls, all with silver shoes, ride one-two-three on the scooter beside us. Then a family of four like a circus act. The oldest child in front wedged between his father and the steering column. The smallest teetering on the seat, waving a water bottle gleefully, propped by his mother taking the rear. We vie for lanes....

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Angkor Wat – Cambodia Travel Photography (Part 1)
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    A jungle littered with treasures of architectural feat. A vast gift wrapped in green tied neatly under the eaves of eternity. An immense improbable, like nothing my West knows. Unreal, except for the hard facts under my feet. What worlds there are to explore on a single planet.    ...

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China Town Bangkok – Thailand Travel Photography
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One of my favorite things about traveling the world is the similarity. I know that’s kind of the antithesis of why people travel, but deeply ingrained in the human experience are certain truths and universal needs. Love always comes to mind, but food, culture, and identity also top my list. I think that’s one of the reasons I love visiting “China Town” in every...

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Bangkok Canal and Flower Market
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I mentioned Mandy’s Essential Bangkok tour in my last post. And just to reiterate, she was fantastic. Knowledgeable, great English, cheerful attitude, and put together a wonderful day for us. We almost opted out of these two activities, but I’m glad we didn’t. The Canal and Flower Market tour were absolute highlights, making up my favorite group of images on the trip thus far....

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Essential Bangkok – Touring Thailand Travel Photos
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We were lucky to be referred to the “Essential Bangkok Tour” with Mandy. So on our second day in Bangkok, we saw key highlights in a whirlwind tour of the city. I’m not sure if it’s because they were our first temples in Thailand, but the Emerald Buddha Temple and Royal Grand Palace remain the most spectacular of sites in my mind. The ornate glittering facade...

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Welcome to Thailand – Bangkok Cooking Class and Travel Photography
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Because he is awesome and knows that I love food tourism, Kevin booked us a cooking class our first day in Bangkok. We visited a market and then created beautiful dishes of Pad See Ew, Lemongrass Chicken Salad, Curry, and Mango Sticky Rice. I’m now obsessed with Mango sticky rice and can’t wait to make fresh chili paste for curry at home. Also, one of...

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Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, China Travel Photography
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Before our visit, I had no idea this place existed. It might be the most magical stop on our trip thus far. Not just because a precocious child tailgated me the entire visit, cornering me at a hilltop temple to give me a gift of two face-sized yellow leaves and a tiny red Buddha. But also, because it’s just a stunning surprise. Around 100,000...

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China Travel Photos – Huanghuacheng Great Wall
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We approached from across the river with instructions to follow the path and pay the man 5 yuan each to traverse his property. Down the uneven stone steps, across the rickety wooden bridge with missing planks, and under the sign written in Chinese characters we couldn’t read. At the end of the bridge, we went left toward the loudly barking dog. The German Shepherd,...

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