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Praying while crossing the street in Vietnam

Hanoi street traffic

There we were, standing on a corner in Hanoi, trying to gather courage to cross the street. It was our first day in Vietnam and it didn’t take long to discover that crossing a street in that country was not the simple exercise we were accustomed to at home.

Travel the world with these novels

novels about the world

If you like both reading and travel, then you’ll love this list I just came across of “100 novels that let you travel the world without leaving home.”

A beach for every season

Ko Lanta Yai Beach Thailand

It’s the height of summer in North America, so what better time to contemplate beaches? From the best beaches to swing a hammock to the best beaches around the world to visit by month.

Riel World photo – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina

A view of Ushuaia, Argentina, at the southern tip of South America. Ushuaia is considered to be the southernmost city in the world.

Does language shape culture?

Tower of Babel

Does language shape culture? It’s an interesting question. Even more interesting, though, is the answer. Yes. Apparently, language not only expresses our views, but also helps to shape our very thoughts.

Life in a Beijing hutong

inside a hutong home

If you have a hankering to see a bit of old Beijing – that ancient city of narrow streets and courtyard houses where generations of families passed their lives – you can still catch a fleeting glimpse at one of the city’s hutongs.

Creativity and education across cultures

students working together on a project

In previous posts about education across cultures, it’s been noted that one of the traditional strengths of the American system is that it promotes creativity and individual initiative. What is interesting now, though, is that other countries are trying to replicate this U.S. model at the very time that Americans are going in the opposite direction.

The Mayan world of Central America

Tikal ruins in Guatemala

Now that you’ve explored the northern Mayan lands of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it’s time to tackle some of the remarkable ruins left behind by the Mayans in Central America. While Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are separate countries, a glance at a map will show you how these sites once fit neatly into the Mayan world alongside southeastern Mexico.

Riel World photo – Sonoran Desert

Saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert

Saguaro cacti in the Sonoran Desert. This photo was taken at Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona.

Seven fantastic sunrise and sunset experiences

Phnom Bakheng temple sunset

Notice that the title of this piece is not “seven fantastic places to see a sunrise and sunset.” That’s because you can see the sun rise and set in countless beautiful locations around the globe. But where is it that you can have the most extraordinary experiences with a sunset or sunrise?

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.

Riel World photo – Monticello, Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia A view of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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