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The Historic UNESCO Town of Melaka | Explore Malaysia

The Historic UNESCO Town of Melaka | Explore Malaysia

I may have mentioned that I studied Islamic history in University and in one of my classes, my professor talked about the migration of Islam to the Malay peninsula and Indonesia. She mentioned this town called Melaka (Malacca) and the Melaka strait, how it was a prime trading post and that it was colonized by the Portuguese and the Dutch.

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

Ancient City of Petra | Explore Jordan

A marvel of Jordanian history. It had to be seen. I am happy I did not leave the Middle East without seeing this. I know it is touristy, but it still leaves you in awe, regardless if you are surrounded by tourists wearing the traditional bedouin headscarf and riding decorated camels. This archeological site surpasses all that and it is something that should not be missed when visiting Jordan.

24 Hours in Hiroshima | Explore Japan

24 Hours in Hiroshima | Explore Japan

Since I live in South Korea, Japan is an hour flight away and I decided that since this is my last year in Korea, I am going to take advantage of the close proximity and see some places in Japan that I am interested in. The first one being Hiroshima. I do not get a lot of vacation time, so I decided to take a short weekend trip there and see history before my very eyes. I enjoyed learning about…

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Manjanggulsa Cave, the Volcanic Remnants of Jejudo | Explore Korea

Manjanggulsa Cave, the Volcanic Remnants of Jejudo | Explore Korea

One of the cool things about Jeju is that it was once a volcano and you can find remnants of this all around the island. Manjanggulsa Cave is one of the longest lava tubes in the world. We decided that this would be something very interesting to see and so we hopped on a bus. When we arrived, we actually had to walk for a bit near some fields, and in very high heat. When we reached the cave we…

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Getting Lost and Hiking to the Sanbanggulsa Grotto | Explore Korea

Getting Lost and Hiking to the Sanbanggulsa Grotto | Explore Korea

As this title suggests we got a little lost. Took a bus, missed the stop and got off somewhere unknown. But no worries, we just had to walk a little and voila! We found the sight we had been trying to get too. We live in a country with a history of Buddhist culture and an island full of legends about mythical creatures and moments that are hard to believe.

Chateau d’Amboise | Explore France

Chateau d’Amboise | Explore France

                      This is my last post on France for a while. The last time I was there was in 2013 and I had booked a tour for a week. I spent the previous two weeks in Belgium taking an interactive course on the European Parliament for my degree. I really wanted to experience France again and go to the coast, away from Paris. The tour brought us from Paris to…

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Chateau de Chenonceau | Explore France

Chateau de Chenonceau | Explore France

  Let me start by saying this will be a long post with a lot of pictures and more text than usually. So if you only have five minutes you may want to save this for later when you have more time. After St. Malo it was time to leave the beautiful Northern Atlantic coast and make our into the Loire Valley. While I enjoyed my time by the sea immensely, the Loire valley has a distinct beauty of its…

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The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

The Church of Nativity and the Shepherd’s Field, Bethlehem | Exploring Palestine (The West Bank)

                          While I am not a super religious person, I was raised Christian and I have always wanted to see the birthplace of Jesus: Bethlehem and the Church of Nativity. Away in a Manger is one of my favourite Christmas Songs and I loved this bible story as a child.   As part of the Operation Groundswell’s itinerary for this trip we were permitted one week of independent…

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Mont Saint Michel: UNESCO Site Full of Wonders

Mont Saint Michel: UNESCO Site Full of Wonders

                      This place was on my MUST SEE list and I was so happy that it was a part of the tour. This town is on it’s own little island and there are no cars allowed on it. The Abbey was built in honour of the Archangel Saint Michael and since 1979 has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.