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Myanmar

Myanmar: The People, Part 2

It was such a serendipitous meeting. While strolling the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar’s most sacred Buddhist shrine, we stopped to talk to a monk. A very chatty fellow of 51, and a monk for over 25 years, he was very eager…

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Myanmar

Myanmar: Part 1

There is very little that can entice me to get up at 4 a.m. but how often do you get a chance to bathe a Buddha? And not just any Buddha but one that the actual real Buddha is said…

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Autumn Sashimi Plate
Japan

Ultimate Sushi: An Aficionado’s Quest

Shortly after I hired Phil, the man-who-would-become-my-husband, the first sushi restaurant in New York opened across the street from our office. He became entranced by the slices of fish glistening like jewels and it’s been his favorite food ever since….

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China

Vanishing Calligraphy in Xi’An

During a trip to Xi’An, China, each day I visited a park inside the city walls. Each day Pang Zong Shi was there with his broom-stick style brush and bucket of water. He would write his philosophy on the cement…

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China

Food Travel Adventures: Xi’an, China

My world is a very large one – a delicious, delectable, luscious view of life in many countries. After forty plus years of working as a flight attendant and over fifty years of traveling, I have learned much about the…

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China

Xi’an Culture: Dance (1st of a 4 part series)

Over the past forty years, Xi’an and the terracotta warriors have become synonymous. The warriors, discovered in 1974, are approximately an hour’s drive from the Xi’an airport. Many travelers fly into Xi’an’s new airport, hire a cab service, visit the…

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