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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

We went on an urban hike through Jerusalem during one of the four days that we were in Israel in December 2015. The final stop on our urban hike was the Mount of Olives. We arrived at the cemetery by accident after visiting some of the other major sites in Jerusalem's old city.Tourist attractions like the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, are somewhat incomprehensible because they're a part of a ...
The Thailand-Cambodia Border Crossing: How to Get from Bangkok to Cambodia
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The Thailand-Cambodia Border Crossing: How to Get from Bangkok to Cambodia

We traveled to Southeast Asia in the winter of 2016 (after being in Egypt for two months) to see Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. There’s so much to see in Southeast Asia, it was hard to decide what to focus on, but Bangkok was the most obvious hub as far as flying into the region and Angkor Wat was the most obvious tourist destination that we had to see. After Angkor Wat, we flew from Siem Reap to Vietnam ...
Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery

On our 2015 visit to Israel we drove around the southern part of the country visiting the cities of Bethlehem, Jericho, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Jersalem and Ein Gedi (among many others towns that we passed through). The driving in Israel was fairly straightforward, although the driving in the Palestinian territories was notably a bit more eccentric than in Jerusalem.

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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Dead Sea, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our December 2015 trip to Israel we drove around the southern parts of the country. We passed by the Dead Sea on our way to Masada from Jericho. We opted out of swimming in the sea, but driving the entire length of it was pretty cool, too!

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Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand: Photo Gallery
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Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand: Photo Gallery

We took a taxi from our vacation rental to the Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok the day before our trip to Aranyaprathet in Eastern Thailand at the Cambodian border. When we arrived mid-day, we found that the station was well-organized and easy to navigate. There was even reserved seating for monks and novices. And snack shops selling things like potato chips and bottled water (a must for when the heat ...
Thailand to Cambodia Train to the Border Crossing
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Thailand to Cambodia Train to the Border Crossing

This video shows our departure from the Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand. The train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet in Eastern Thailand at the Cambodian border leaves early in the morning (before the sun rises--at 05:55). It's a very basic train, with no air conditioning (which is probably why it leaves so early in the morning...we arrived just before it got "intolerably" hot on the train), and ...
Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand Part II
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Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand Part II

Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand is located in the Old City and it's a hub for night-life. When we visited Bangkok, it was the first destination we visited, walking through the city all the way from our vacation rental (Bangkok is relatively safe). In this video, we check out the light vibe of Bangkok and soak it up after having just spent 8 weeks in the more serious social climate of Cairo, ...
Khao San Road Performers in Bangkok, Thailand
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Khao San Road Performers in Bangkok, Thailand

After spending 8 weeks in Egypt, we jetted over to Bangkok, Thailand and our first destination once we got there was Khao San Road. What a totally different vibe than Cairo, Egypt! A famous book called "The Beach" describes Khao San Road as, "the center of the backpacking universe." And Khao San Road is centrally located in terms of the most famous tourist attractions in the city (Wat Phra Kaew, the temples ...
Taxi from Amman, Jordan to Israel Border Crossing at King Hussein Bridge
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Taxi from Amman, Jordan to Israel Border Crossing at King Hussein Bridge

In this video, we travel by taxi from Amman, Jordan to the King Hussein Bridge border crossing to Israel. Our goal was to avoid getting an Israeli visa stamped in our passports because we didn't want to have problems in the future getting into Arabic countries. The process was relatively simple, though we stayed vigilant about avoiding an "exit" stamp from Jordan and we were very vocal when we got to the ...
Varanasi, India: Workers on the Rooftop
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Varanasi, India: Workers on the Rooftop

Every day, we sat at our giant window watched the workers on the building across the street as we ate lunch. Note the scaffolding and hot it's made out of sticks. The workers worked on this scaffolding without harnesses or any kind of safety "net" of any kind. In this video, one of the workers swings around a big stick on top of the building next door. Maybe he's angry about his job...or maybe he's just ...
Chipmunk in Delhi, India
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Chipmunk in Delhi, India

In this video, a chipmunk chirps on the porch of our vacation rental in Delhi, India. The landlord, an educated man, told us that one of the tenants before us was a Korean Buddhist monk who claimed to be able to talk to animals. One day, the landlord walked in on the monk who was sitting quietly on the porch, surrounded by birds. The monk told the landlord that the birds in Delhi were "sad". ...
Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River
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Varanasi, India: The Burning Ghats along the Ganges River

The burning ghats (also known as Manikarnika ghat) in Varanasi are a sacred place where the Hindu funeral rituals take place. After the body is burned, the ashes are pushed into the Ganges River, which is also considered sacred. We'd visited the burning ghats in Kathmandu a few weeks before this trip to see Pashupatinath along the sacred Basmati River. Cremations take place within full public view in these ...
Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery
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Kathmandu Airport: Photo Gallery

On our August 2014 trip to Kathmandu we had quite an experience at the airport... We had read online that we'd be able to purchase our visa to enter Nepal at the airport after we arrived. But, when we got to Kathmandu we discovered that we needed actual cash to pay for the visa since we weren't able to use our card (the airport's card readers weren't working). We did eventually get things figured out, but ...
Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge
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Shuttle Bus after Crossing into Israel from Jordan at the King Hussein Bridge

This short video shows a snippet of the shuttle bus ride into Israel after crossing the King Hussein Bridge at the Israel/Jordan border. It was important that we cross at the King Hussein Bridge in order to avoid getting our passports stamped with an Israeli visa. We didn't want the stamp because we'd read that having one can cause problems when traveling to other Muslim countries. ...
How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu
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How to Get to Chitwan National Park from Kathmandu

We traveled to Nepal in 2014, before the big Kathmandu earthquake. We spent a month in Kathmandu getting rabies vaccinations because they were much cheaper there than in the United States. Toward the end of our trip, we booked a flight on YetiAir to fly to Bharatpur near Chitwan National Park. It was a coin-toss between taking YetiAir and BuddhaAir, but BuddhaAir had the most grim reputation of the two. A ...
Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road
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Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road

While traveling to Bangkok, Thailand in early 2016, we visited Khao San Road. Khao San Road is a popular tourist destination for travelers to Bangkok, and has plenty of restaurants and shopping places to visit. There are some just plain interesting things going on in Khao San Road, too...Related Posts:Things to Do in Bangkok: Khao San Road (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border ...
Tourism in Cambodia: Techno Music on the Way to Siem Reap
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Tourism in Cambodia: Techno Music on the Way to Siem Reap

Cambodians really like their techno music. The entire way from Poi Pet at the Cambodian border to Siem Reap we listened to music like this in the taxi.Related Posts:Hualamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand: Photo GallerySoutheast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border (video)Thailand to Cambodia Train to the Border Crossing ...
Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Fights Off Jet Lag in Bangkok
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Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Fights Off Jet Lag in Bangkok

We visited Bangkok in early 2016 after a 8-week trip to Egypt. In this video, Lydi has jet lag and keeps falling asleep in the taxi on the way to our vacation rental, but tries to stay awake to see the city.Related Posts:Tourism in Thailand: Lydi Tries to Learn Thai (video)Things to Do in Bangkok: Give Hugs in Bangkok on Khao San Road (video)Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap (video) ...
Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant
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Chitwan National Park: Boarding and Riding an Elephant

Though there's some controversy regarding the use of elephants for safaris in places like Chitwan National Park, we weren't really a part of that dialogue when we visited Nepal. Going by elephant was the only option for us in terms of transportation into certain parts of the park. We watched the elephants and the people who cared for them walking along the rivers each morning and our elephant-experience in ...
Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap
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Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Siem Reap

The train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet at the Thailand-Cambodia border was uncomfortable, and lacked things like padding on the chairs, it was comfortable enough (or perhaps we were just tired enough) to fall asleep. But what the train lacked in comfort, it made up for in interesting occurrences.Related Posts:Southeast Asia Train: Bangkok to Cambodian Border (video)Bangkok to Siem Reap: The ...
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