Siberia Here I Come! - Adventure Travel Part 1

Written by Rick Chapo

“You must really hate this job.” That’s what my boss said when I told him I was moving from San Diego to Siberia for a year. In reality, I was bored and looking for something that would be completely and utterly new. Whether it was sunstroke or a developing tolerance to margaritas, San Diego just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Heck, I hadn’t even gone torepparttar beach in nine months and it was only a few blocks away. Time to rediscover a zest for life.

As you are doing now, I trolledrepparttar 138875 Internet looking for that rare opportunity that would renew my vigor and let me brag to my domesticated friends. Pick coffee inrepparttar 138876 South Pacific? No, I already drink too much of it. Sail aroundrepparttar 138877 world on a container ship? No, I wasn’t ready for involuntary self-reflection. Before I knew it, I had agreed to move to a city in Siberia known as Chita. Yes, I was going to be a professor at Chita State Technical University through a program put together by Siberian Intercultural Bridges. Donate - they needrepparttar 138878 money:

So, what does one take for a one-year stay in Siberia? Why, I’ll just go buy a guidebook on Siberia and readrepparttar 138879 “what to take” section. My search ofrepparttar 138880 local mega bookstore was disappointing. Shockingly, there were no guidebooks for Siberia. I was tempted to write a nasty letter to Lonely Planet and others untilrepparttar 138881 bookstore clerk said, “You’re going WHERE?” When she started giving merepparttar 138882 “you must be a criminal onrepparttar 138883 run” look, it was time to go.

Travel Asia: Festivities and Fun

Written by Jean Sutherland

Travel Asia: Festivities and Fun

Are you planning to travel to Asia withinrepparttar next year, and are looking for some fun festivities to attend? Well, look no further – we’ve researched some ofrepparttar 138834 more incredible Asian festivals for you to check out during your travels.

Travel Asia: Pulilan Carabao Festival

You’ll probably never see a water buffalo adorned quite like this! If you travel to Pulilan inrepparttar 138835 second week of May, you’ll witnessrepparttar 138836 homage torepparttar 138837 patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador. Families take their prized water buffalos, scrape awayrepparttar 138838 dirt, shave them, anoint them in oils, and then parade them aroundrepparttar 138839 city square dressed as kings. The priests ofrepparttar 138840 Asian city then kneel and askrepparttar 138841 buffalos to bless them, promising health and good wishes forrepparttar 138842 upcoming year to all, including visiting travelers.

Travel Asia: Parade ofrepparttar 138843 God of Medicine

Onrepparttar 138844 15th day ofrepparttar 138845 third lunar month,repparttar 138846 city of Taiwan is taken over by this world-renowned Asian festivity – a must for travelers inrepparttar 138847 area because of its spectacular parade. Atrepparttar 138848 nucleus ofrepparttar 138849 160 temple celebration are Pao Sheng in Taipei andrepparttar 138850 Temple of Ching Tzu in Hseuhchia. Spearheaded by a group calledrepparttar 138851 Centipedes, worshippers attendingrepparttar 138852 city-wide parade throw themselves onrepparttar 138853 ground to be stepped upon, as a symbolic exorcising of their demons.

Travel Asia: Yasothon Rocket Festival

Inrepparttar 138854 middle of May, things get very noisy for Asian travelers torepparttar 138855 Phaya Thaen Park in Thailand. Historically,repparttar 138856 festival started as an offering torepparttar 138857 gods ofrepparttar 138858 sky, exploding beautiful rockets to encourage rainfall for rice crop growth. Nowadays, event has become something more of a sport, with competitions to see whose rocket can flyrepparttar 138859 farthest, and whose explodesrepparttar 138860 most.

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