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Minh Chau
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vagabond, blogger, photographer
vagabond, blogger, photographer

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A Bulgarian fall
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"There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds... I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor." | Keith Bellows, National Geographic Society

The last two weeks, one each in India and Sri Lanka, have created a series of firsts for me. My brief time in India exposed me to not only the powerful spices of southern Indian food, but also the tranquility of its backwaters and the kindness of its people.

I learned a few northern and southern Indian dance moves that I hope will never make the light of day, re-discovered how connected the nasal, oral, ear, and optical cavities are through a brief stint of food poisoning, and most importantly learned to never underestimate the generosity of humankind.
Kerala, India | 2017
Kerala, India | 2017
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"Sri Lanka is an island that everyone loves at some level inside themselves. A very special island that travelers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about. A place where the contours of the land itself forms a kind of sinewy poetry." | Romesh Gunesekera

Oh Sri Lanka! You're a nation marked by historical destruction, both manufactured by man and brought down by nature. Through all of that, however, the main constant, the North Star, that makes you who you are hasn't changed. That is the beauty and the splendid landscapes that envelopes you, and the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna that permeates the land not yet claimed by urban expansion.

Thanks to Amran, I had the opportunity to escape the tourists, both local and foreign, as well as the smog and congestion of Colombo. Instead, we hiked the peaks of the Knuckles Mountain range whilst surreptitiously having my blood siphoned off by leeches, walked through the hills and farms that lie between Ohiya and Bambarankanda, and ate like Kings feasting after a hard fought battle.
We built fires underneath the moon and stars (where "Do you have 'tinder'?" still retains its original meaning). We bootstrapped our own smores and introduced it into our guesthouse host's culinary palate. And we had waterfall escapes that felt as secluded as Neil Armstrong on the moon. #NFTBM
Sri Lanka | 2017
Sri Lanka | 2017
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When I first heard its name, I thought someone was yanking my chain. But, with nearly 1,500 miles of hiking paths, #Snowdonia is quite real and it's one of the UK's best locations for hiking. Unfortunately, my SD card malfunctioned, so here are photos care of my iPhone. #iphonephotography #wales #hiking #uk
Snowdonia | UK May 2017
Snowdonia | UK May 2017
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Hello, Liverpool!
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4/14/17
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International Day of Happiness is next Monday. How happy are you and what is the source of it? +Action for Happiness #choosehappiness #createhappiness #happinessday #internationaldayofhappiness #makeithappy
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Timișoara. It's like walking into a scene straight from Hollywood. I think I'm going crazy as thematic music plays each time I walk into one of the public squares. But as I look around, I see the men, dressed in their winter coats, playing the violin or strumming the guitar. They're playing only to a handful of people as it's winter and the tourist crowds have gone into hibernation.

Roaming the city, I discover the pigeons that guard the landmarks of western Romania's economic and cultural capital. I devour gastronomic delights without losing an arm and a leg. And I witness the bubbling frustration of anti-corruption protesters as they rally in front of the National Opera.
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2/5/17
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The rate of new business formation has not been quite the same since the 2008 financial crisis. Take the United States as an example – the number of new startups in 2007 was over 500,000, dropping a whopping 20% to a tad over 400,000 in 2012. However, there are signs of a slow recovery, with the United Kingdom experiencing the largest rebound amongst OECD countries. If you are thinking about riding this rebound wave to kick start your own business, where should you do it?
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Explore the data set of community health and rental costs across counties in the US
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