Archive for the ‘Windows into Culture’ Category

Impressions of Calcutta

Calcutta traffic

It was all part of the Indian paradox. Every impression had two sides. There was uplifting spirituality and abject poverty, technological know-how and confounding disorder, vivid beauty and dreadful filth, and all of it was blended together in a staggering mass of humanity.

Life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand

Buddhist monk Thailand

It was in Chang Mai that we had one of our more memorable travel experiences during a morning chat with a Buddhist monk.

Learning about Buddhism at a Himalayan temple

View from Thiksey Gompa

An elderly monk walked up to the spot where we stood, slowly spinning the prayer wheels and chanting words under his breath. He stopped in front of us and smiled. “Om mani padme hum,” he said, in a soft, slow cadence.

Public bathing in a Japanese onsen

Japanese onsen

One of the real wonders of travel is the opportunity to have cultural experiences that are quite removed from our daily lives at home. In Japan, one of those experiences is to indulge in a public bath in an onsen.

Soccer cultures of the World Cup

soccer ball

As World Cup soccer action heats up, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the varied playing styles of different countries, particularly if you have an interest in cross-cultural topics. That’s because these differences are more than just tactical choices – in many cases, they’re actually a window into each nation’s culture.

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