The Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead

Added over 2 years ago

The Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos is a national holiday and festival of remembrance observed throughout Mexico and in more recent times, around the world...

 

Photo credit: Luisroj96

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Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Lawar: a Balinese Delicacy

Added over 5 years ago

If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’ve probably sampled a version of the local savory delicacy called lawar. One of the island’s most iconic dishes, lawar literally means “thinly sliced” or “finely chopped”, and consists of chopped meat and vegetables mixed together with fragrant spices and herbs. It is typically served at important Balinese events and ceremonies. However, visitors to Bali can easily find different versions of lawar in most restaurants and warungs...

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Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Balinese House Compounds: a Microcosom of the Universe

Added over 5 years ago

A visitor to the smaller towns and villages of Bali would be forgiven for thinking that temples adorn every street corner and all of the spaces in between. High walls with the smallest of doorways allow only the briefest of views by passers-by, while above the walls there are tantalizing glimpses of exquisitely carved shrines, some no larger than birdcages. However, these are all in fact private residences, more properly called compounds or karangs, which may house several generations of Balinese families at one time.

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River of Dreams, River of Destruction

River of Dreams, River of Destruction

Added over 5 years ago

This year’s Loy Krathong festival in Thailand takes on a poignant significance with Bangkok submerged in floods...

Story by By Andrew Forbes and Colin Hinshelwood. Photo: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Robertpollai

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Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Today I Went Down Some Spooky Old Stairs: a Photo Essay

Added over 5 years ago

And in the spirit of spooky month, Kashgar presents a guest article by photo journalist  Ruykyu Mike , who lives in Japan and specialises in photos of wildlife, festivals and travel sites. Sharing tips for travelers with a twist of humour is part of the life Mike loves on the Island of Okinawa.

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The Bawdy Graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum

The Bawdy Graffiti of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Added over 6 years ago

Everyone is now familiar with the recent release of quite explicit photos and service charges found on the walls of a brothel  excavated at Pompeii, the resort town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CCE. Now for your viewing pleasure comes a list of bawdy graffiti scrawled on the walls of Herculaneum and Pompeii, which confirm, if we didn't already know it, that the Romans were people exactly like us, albeit slightly more obsessed with defecation...or on second thoughts, maybe not. Here is a summary of some of the funniest and rudest graffiti translated so far...

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To Give or Not to Give When Travelling Abroad: the Issue of Begging

To Give or Not to Give When Travelling Abroad: the Issue of Begging

Added over 6 years ago

Visit Angkor Wat today and you are met with a shrill chorus of "one dollar one dollar one dollar" from hordes of begging children, while in Ethiopia the unrelenting chant is "you you you you". In Cambodia, older children organise groups of smaller ones to jump up and down in front of photo vistas; Nepalese kids pull and punch you until you hand over "protection money". These resourceful strategies are the new front line in what has become one of the most common and frustrating dilemmas faced by modern travellers, that of begging.

Photo courtesy of Gregor Younger

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Places Not to Visit

Places Not to Visit

Added over 6 years ago

Some people would say that any travel is good travel. But here at Kashgar we beg to differ. There are some places on planet Earth that are so awful, dispirited, sorry or wretched that one night in the place feels like a year and the memory lingers with you forever...

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Book Review: Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: the Journals of Fanny Parkes.

Book Review: Begums, Thugs and Englishmen: the Journals of Fanny Parkes.

Added over 7 years ago

Fanny Parkes was the daughter of a British colonial officer and the wife of a civil servant who came to India with her husband in 1822 and stayed for twenty four years, traveling extensively throughout Raj India, often on her own, and assimilating all aspects of Indian society and culture.  When she returned home she published her memoirs at the behest of her mother, producing an 800 plus page edifice called Wanderings of  a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque, During Four and Twenty Years in the East; With Revelations of Life in the Zenana...

 

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Where Would You Like to Go Today: Timbuktu, Legendary City of Gold

Where Would You Like to Go Today: Timbuktu, Legendary City of Gold

Added over 7 years ago

In the 14th Century CE, fantastical stories were circulating through the civilized world about a city in Northern Africa where the streets were literally paved with gold.  While Western foreigners finally managed to "discover" the city in the early part of the 19h Century, the image of Timbuktu as a city of myth and legend has persisted to the present day: in 2006 a survey conducted among 150 young Britons found 34% did not even believe the town existed...

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