Fleeting moments in Beijing

Pro tip: Visit Beijing when there is a major holiday as the air quality is likely to be decent with factories closed and many people out of town.

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Girl in Red

I was in Tokyo for only four days after 12 days touring around Hokkaido with my family in 2012. It was in August. Summer in Tokyo is generally hot and humid. When we were there, it felt like the heat was sapping the energy out of us. How refreshing it was every time we passed…

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Little Anatolia in Brussels

We were in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (also known as Sint-Joost-ten-Node in Flemish) last weekend to check out the flea market. While we were in central Brussels, it felt like we were somewhere else in Turkey! Several streets were closed off to traffic on the occasion of the flea market which, disappointingly, was selling mostly brand-new, mass-produced junk.…

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