Category: 2012

Great Wall, China

Posted in 2012, Asia
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This was a second time to the Great Wall of China.  The first visit was many years ago on a Grade 11 (junior year) of high school.  It was spring…

San Francisco, United States

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Last year, I was supposed to visit San Francisco to see my friends Jorge, Brad, Nick, and Joe. Unfortunately, my leg broke from a soccer injury, and I was unable to go to California.

Jasper, Canada

Compared to Banff National Park, I found Jasper to be less busy and more quaint.  I really liked the old town and the chance to go on some challenging hikes…

Brussels, Belgium

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My close friends, Sam and Geert, had moved back to Brussels less than a year ago from Edmonton. I had wanted to visit them for a while and I was…

Istanbul, Turkey

Posted in 2012, Asia, Europe

When I was booking my flights, I purposely made a 13-hour layover in Istanbul on my way from Shiraz to Brussels. This was my third time in Istanbul and I…

Persepolis, Iran

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Shiraz was  my base to reach the monumental Persepolis.  Having seen its many artifacts and sculptures at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, the British Museum (on several occasions), and…

Shiraz, Iran

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Shiraz was my last stop in Iran. On top of its famous grape (and hence wine), Shiraz is also well known as the heartland of Persian culture. It took me…

Esfahan, Iran

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I had taken a comfortable 6-hour train ride from Yazd to Esfahan. I had been looking forward to visiting the much fabled city of Esfahan, and I wasn’t let down…

Yazd, Iran

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Yazd is one of the few cities that rightfully make the claim to be the ‘oldest living city on Earth’. It is famously known for its winding lanes, mud brick…

Ahwaz, Iran

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The Lonely Planet for Iran didn’t have very nice things to say about Ahwaz. “Using the well-served airport is the only reason you’d choose to transit this vast, featureless, industrial…