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First Glimpse Of Dharavi

What a difference crossing the tracks make. On one side, the chaotic and bustling Mumbai, filled with a mix of stores and street side sellers. As soon as you take the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks at Mahim Station, this is the view that greets you.

It's still chaotic and filled with activity, but there's a real sense of poverty here. Buildings are in disrepair, and sanitation has dropped off a cliff in comparison to the other side of the tracks. The struggle to climb out of poverty looks 100x more challenging here than elsewhere.

Read on for more details including how to visit Dharavi: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/first-glimpse-of-dharavi

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University Of Goma

During the days of Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaire, the university was a status symbol in what is now the Eastern Congo. Two wars and numerous rebel conflicts later, the university is no longer what it once was. Windows are cracked or knocked out entirely, the electricity has stopped working years ago, and a functioning toilet is no where in sight.

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The Propaganda Van

Spirits were high. The excitement was palpable. It was none other than the 100th birthday celebration of the eternal President of North Korea, Kim Il-sung. How do you celebrate such an occasion? With a grand military parade of course.

Read more: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/propaganda-van

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Sign Of The Times

My visit to Paraguay was much more of the brief pass through variety than a nice extended look at the country and its people. It just so happens that if you're around Iguazu Falls, it's pretty easy to make a side trip over to the border city of Ciudad del Este, although don't expect there to be a ton of stuff to see or do there.

Read the full post: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/sign-of-the-times

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The Cubans Of Old Havana

There's a real charm to Havana. It's undeniable. Inescapable. That melting pot racial mix of complex colonial origins, the soulful musical vibe, deteriorating buildings and infrastructure everywhere you go. What you see vs what you really see and experience if you go.

Perhaps, in five years, this Cuba will be gone. Replaced by the influx of foreign travelers as relations between the US and Cuba continue to thaw. Or perhaps, it will be as if nothing ever happened. The needle slowly moving towards progress while the charm of this island endures.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/8/19/the-cubans-of-old-havana

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Taj Mahal

It's been called the greatest monument of love in the world, and I would agree. A symbol as synonymous with India as the Eiffel Tower is to France., the White House to America, or The Great Wall to China. For my first trip to India, I could not imagine being able to say I went to India, yet somehow didn't manage to find time to see the Taj.

Up till this point, I had imagined the Taj Mahal to be a beautiful building, but, a building. Not a sweeping, dramatic landscape like The Grand Canyon that's going to cause my jaw drop as I let out an involuntary "wow." Arriving before sunrise, so I could be one of the first in to see the Taj - and, quite importantly, get a few photos without throngs of tourists - I was excited to finally see it. It wasn't until I passed through the entrance at first light, with my eyes setting their gaze upon it, did I realize just how beautiful this mausoleum truly is.

Constructed of translucent, white Makrana marble, the structure literally sparkles and shines as it captivates you. All told, there are 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble. Up close it can seem almost as if the marble was painted, but in fact it was meticulously carved out, with the stones glued in and finished perfectly. Sadly, during British rule some of these stones were chiseled out by soldiers and government officials. It makes me wish I could see it when it was built, glimmering in the sun.

Viewing the Taj Mahal is an experience. You can relish in its grandeur and symmetry, or get up close to see some of its fine details. Currently, it's undergoing a cleaning due to the effects of years of pollution, which is why you see scaffolding on the minaret to the right. The minaret on the left, has already been cleaned. Apparently it will take about another year for the full cleaning to be completed.

I wish I could say I got that perfect shot of the Taj Mahal, but the scaffolding does detract a bit. On the other hand, in another year it could be decades before scaffolding is seen again for another cleaning. Either way, I was quite glad my itinerary worked out such that I visited on the last day of my trip to India. It was the perfect way to end the trip.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/10/28/taj-mahal

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Dogon Country Village Path

Along the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bandiagara Escarpment are a s string of Dogon villages. While years ago the Dogons and Tellum inhabited them, today people live in villages next to the cliffs. The need for protection from attackers is not the same as it once was.

There are a number of villages within walking distance to each other. This is Africa, so don't except nice roads or sidewalks, but there are some relatively flat paths in some cases. In others, expect some light hiking with the occasional questionable tree-bridge over a crevice or just climbing up rocky paths. In case you're wondering, that's a school on the far left that is a bit shrouded behind the trees.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/9/16/dogon-country-village-path

#LandOfTheDogons #UNESCOWorldHeritageSite #dogon #mali #bandiagara #landscape #travel #dogoncountry #unesco #africa #remote #afrika #afrique #village #travelphotography #explore #adventure #landscapephotography #말리
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There's Still Space Left

Not my first nor even second photo of an overcrowded truck in a developing country. I could probably create a gallery of photos like this. It's a reality of life in many countries that may be a bit shocking to those accustomed to having their own cars. In a way, I guess it's more environmentally friendly to see so many people share a vehicle.

Read more: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/theres-still-space-left

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Crossing The North Atlantic Ocean

There's a place in the Faroe Islands where you can literally walk across the Atlantic Ocean. I've never walked across an ocean before, so I thought it was a pretty cool idea! Not only that, but when you cross to the other side, you are greeted by a colony of puffins! It's like something right out of a fairy tale, except it's real life.

Interesting so far? Keep on reading: https://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/crossing-the-north-atlantic-ocean

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The First Line Of Defense

Being the most populated country on Earth, with well over a billion people, at times it can seem like there's always people around everywhere you go. While the Great Wall in Simatai wasn't exactly deserted, it was relatively quiet. Plenty of wall to explore without running into someone else every step you take. It's a strong contrast from some of the other places I visited in China such as Huangshan or any of the more touristed cities.

It's not exactly hard to walk on the wall. It is uneven, and you are constantly going either up or down, so it can be tiring at times, but it's still a giant stone path. Just, elevated a bit. How much you want to cover is up to you. The various fortifications and watchtowers invite themselves to a little bit of a look around.

Anytime I visit such a historical site, I always try to imagine what it must've been like when it was built. Were the guards annoyed that they got sent off on 'wall duty'? Or was it a more coveted post? If nothing else, they got to look out into the vast mountainous beauty of the land.

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/10/3/the-first-line-of-defense

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The Baobab

Foolish me. Showing up in Mali, traveling the country only to be surprised at seeing numerous Baobab trees throughout the southern portion of the country. Little did I know that there are actually nine different species of the Adansonia (Baobab) tree.

When I think of Baobabs, I always think of the Avenue of the Baobabs. A place I've never been to, but is perhaps one of the greatest reasons I want to visit Madagascar. That, and the fact that lemurs are endemic to Madagascar. As it turns out, six of the nine species of Adansonia are endemic to Madagascar.

I find the look of the Baobab to be quite unique. The ones in Mali, while recognizable, are all quite different in appearance. Most of them in Mali were stripped of their leaves for other uses. How the tree survives with its leaves fully plucked off, I don't know. Perhaps they're only 'harvested' once a year or at certain times of the year? This was one of the rare Baobabs I came across that still had its leaves, and fruit too!

Blogged: http://www.aisleseatplease.com/blog/2016/6/17/the-baobab

#baobab #adansonia #mali #dogoncountry #LandOfTheDogons #UNESCO #UNESCOWorldHeritageSite #nature #landscape #tree #travel #photography #sonya7rii #africa #afrika #afrique #texture #explore #adventure #landscapephotography #travelphotography #말리
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Under The Tree

When it's 90 degrees out with 90% humidity, sitting in the shade is only second to actual a/c. It always amazes me how people that grow up in different parts of the world are so well adapted to it. The people that can live with 90F weather and not sweat. The sherpas that maintain their oxygen levels, even at altitudes above 14,000 ft. Well, not be.

Music is something that is central to the culture of the island. Everywhere I went, I saw live music. In the bars. In the streets. People dancing in the streets and at bars at night. It's inescapable and it's a good thing. The beats might not be what you're used to hearing wherever you call home, but they're worth hearing.
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