France has the Eiffel Tower. Egypt has the pyramids. China has the Great Wall. Three different countries, but they have something in common: there is a monument that epitomizes or even defines the country to outsiders. And even though the Eiffel Tower doesn’t represent all of France, it’s one of the first things that come to mind when […]
Sri Lanka might be full of fascinating places to visit, but Colombo isn’t often listed as one of them. It’s not a city like Phnom Penh and Delhi that gets a lot of flack but redeems itself with its cultural and historical sites. Colombo is the kind of city that people urge you to skip, saying that there’s nothing there. […]
My time in Galle was far too short — but it was more than enough for me to declare it my favorite place in Sri Lanka. Galle is a Dutch colonial town on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast anchored by a World Heritage-listed fort. The architecture gives it a feeling like nowhere else in the country. What […]
If you’re a very longtime reader, you might remember this very early post, which I wrote back in 2010 just before leaving on my six-month trip to Southeast Asia that unexpectedly turned into four years and counting around the world. (What a baby blogger I was back then!) I had been dreaming of visiting Sri […]
On this week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, the theme was the Bucket List: all the things in travel we want to do before we die! As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about […]
I hear as in a dream Drifting among the flowers Her soft and gentle voice Evoking songs of birds The light of distant stars Permits a view once more Of those seductive veils That shimmer in the breeze. –The Pearl Fishers I cannot wait to visit this enchanting country. All images: Songkran.