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Turkey: Istanbul

Introduction The iconic Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, is one of my favorite places to visit because of the melding of the Roman, Byzantine/Christian, and Ottomon/Turkish/Islamic cultures, and seeing the sites still standing after all this time is breathtaking. Situated […]

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Turkey

Introduction It takes time to see even a fraction of what Turkey has to offer to travelers, so I opted to just (re-)visit Istanbul. I have some basic information on some of the places that I’d like to visit outside […]

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United Arab Emirates: Dubai

Introduction Dubai is the financial center of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Although Dubai’s popularity has spanned for the last decade and a half, it’s still a growing city. This was evident to me from how different Dubai looked in […]

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United Arab Emirates: Al Ain

Introduction Al Ain is known as the green city because of greenery that you see, which is fairly uncommon for a desert area. You can take a tour with a tour operator to see Al Ain and other sites along […]

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United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi

Introduction Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While not quite as popular as Dubai, Abu Dhabi has grown rapidly in the past few years, and has become a rival tourist destination in the UAE. It […]

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United Arab Emirates

Introduction The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a a federation of the sheikhdoms, composed of 7 emirates. Even though the UAE is a religious country, it’s one the more progressive nations in the MENA region and is quite tourist friendly. It’s […]

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Sri Lanka: Colombo

Introduction Colombo isn’t one of the biggest metropolis’s in Asia, but it’s certainly full of character. All of the the various colonial rulers – the Portuguese, Dutch, and British – coveted Colombo as an important port. Each of these nations […]

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Sri Lanka: Galle

Introduction Galle (pronounced Gall) is the second biggest city in Sri Lanka. It was a Dutch occupied town for quite some time before it was handed off to the British. Because of their long occupation, the city has quite a […]

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Sri Lanka: Mirissa

Introduction Mirissa is a small fishing village in the southern part of Sri Lanka. It is popular with tourists for its beaches and other ocean related activities, such as whale watching, surfing, and snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters around […]

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Sri Lanka: Tissa and Yala

Introduction Tissa (Tissamaharama) is the closest major town to Yala National Park, which was the intended destination. Tissa is approximately 30 – 40 minutes away from Yala. Sites Yala Safari Tips Gallery