Author: Stephen Bugno

Photo of the Week: Mountainside Greek village of Stipsi Lesvos

Mountainside Greek village of Stipsi Lesvos One of the aspects of traveling on Lesvos, Greece that I wasn’t expecting and really enjoyed was driving through the beautiful mountainside villages. Villages like Stipsi (or Stypsi). Actually, let me clarify. It was a little stressful driving my compact car though these centuries-old villages because the road going through the center of the village was always one narrow lane! But even from the car, it was cool to get a glimpse of life in these sleepy and relatively remote towns. Stipsi, like other villages on Lesvos, is constructed entirely of stone houses...

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Photo of the Week: Sadhus at Pashupatinath Hindu Temple Kathmandu

Sadhus at Pashupatinath Hindu Temple Kathmandu Visiting Pashupatinath Hindu Temple in Kathmandu is a reminder of why we travel. It puts us face to face with a culture and religion vastly different than our own (assuming that you, the reader, are not from India or Nepal). It exposes us to a totally different belief system and challenges us to face an alternative way of viewing life and death. Pashupatinath is a sprawling assortment of temples, ashrams, images, and inscriptions raised over the past few centuries along the banks of the sacred Bagmati river. The temple is dedicated to Pashupatinath....

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Traditional Korean Village at Hahoe

Traditional Korean Village at Hahoe Outside of high-season, Hahoe village is quiet. The soft morning light paints an orange glow on the thatched-roofed houses. The village is surrounded by fields. But now, in the early spring they lie barren and brown. The trees only have the smallest buds. Beyond the brown, lifeless fields is the river and beyond that, the hills. Hahoe Folk Village is well-known for its traditional houses. Although tourism has been gently established, the village is still very much occupied with agriculture in the surrounding fields and local residents go about their normal life. A few...

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Two Days in Hong Kong

Two Days in Hong Kong Ideally you’d want more time. But two days in Hong Kong is a great introduction to the main tourist sights plus a little off-the-beaten-track exploration. It’s a fascinating place with pulsating urban centers, sleepy outlying islands, and inspiring secluded hills. It’s got delicious food options and surprisingly excellent hiking trails. But Hong Kong is a better place to visit than live–it just topped the world’s top ten most expensive places to live, in terms of real estate prices. Unfortunately, expensive property translates into pricey hotel beds. To save money, search on-line and book ahead...

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Photo of the Week: Dusk in Seoul

Dusk in Seoul Travelers are lucky to catch a sunset like this over Seoul. The city is one of the most awesome urban spaces in the world, with 15 million inhabitants packed into its core and an additional 10 million surrounding the city. Mountains pop up all over the city and hiking is one of the most revered pastimes here. Dusk in Seoul can be beautiful, especially if you witness this time of the day on one of the mountains. Namsan (Nam Mountain) is one of the most popular climbs in the city. Situated right in the center, Namsan is...

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