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Stephen Lioy
Attended Centenary College of Louisiana
Lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Skiing in #Kazakhstan : Its better than you'd think. Cast those Borat stereotypes aside and see why Shymbulak is one of the most modern ski resorts in #CentralAsia .
Shymbulak - The best skiing in Kazakhstan (by default?). Info here with pictures, prices, and how to get there.
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Nooruz!!! I have wanted for several years to be in Central Asia for this traditional Persian New Year celebration, and this year I finally made it. Horse games, traditional food, and kalpaks all around. Just what I'd been hoping for!
Celebrating the Nooruz Persian New Year in Bishkek. Photos of life on the streets and Kyrgyz horse games inside!
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I just added shots from the Federated States of Micronesia to my photo portfolio. Would love to hear thoughts and critiques!
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Hey there travelers and travel bloggers, I'm helping out with the GoMad Nomad "Ask Gomad" column. What sort of travel questions would you want to see answered? Message me or comment here and let me know.

If your question is one of the ones we use, it will of course include a link back to your site!
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High Steppin' солдаты in the style of the Soviet ССР. Presenting: 'Defenders of the Fatherland Day' in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

http://www.monkboughtlunch.com/defenders-of-the-fatherland-day-bishkek/

Make sure to check out the video at the end!
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Looking for fresh tasty coffee and old world charm? Coffee houses in Vienna are one of my favorite hangout spots anywhere in Europe. May sure to try the strudel! 
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Looking for a better way to spend the day in Vienna? The art and beauty of the Belvedere Palace is definitely worth your time. Come see why!
Belvedere Palace - More than just a beautiful view. See here for photos, visitor info, and a convincing argument for you to visit!
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Baroque and Beautiful in Vienna: The Schonbrunn Palace.

Has anybody else been here? What did you think?
Schonbrunn Palace in Austria is a beautiful Baroque testament to the Hapsburg Empire. Check here for directions, hours, and ticket prices.
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I remember seeing that on your site, actually. If you and Anthony Bourdain both say so, I'll have to make a point of getting up there in December to check it out! 
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In a land better known for Borat, the world's highest ice-skating rink has slowly been decaying since Soviet times.

This is Medeo: http://www.monkboughtlunch.com/medeo-almaty-ice-skating/
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Freelance Photographer and Writer - MonkBoughtLunch and StephenLioy.com
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Photography, Writing, Travel, Adventure
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Currently
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Previously
Shreveport, La - Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Story
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Travel, Writing, Photography, Blogging. A little bit of all of it, from all over the world.
Introduction
Central Asia, Travel, China, Centenary, Parkway, Boy Scouts, Soccer, Shreveport-Bossier.  If you're looking for any of those versions of me, you're in the right place.
Bragging rights
Been to some cool places, met some interesting people, and took some pretty good photos on the way.
Education
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
    Political Science & Philosophy, 2004 - 2008
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Even almost a year later, Bagan and its thousands of temples is still one of my favorite spots in all of SouthEast Asia and perhaps even the world. From morning

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Sukhbaatar Square in UB. | MonkBoughtLunch
www.monkboughtlunch.com - written by Stephen Lioy

Though the between-expedition days in UB ended up being way more about food and coffee and wifi than sightseeing, there were a few places I liked.  One in

Quotes from a trip to Mongolia. | MonkBoughtLunch
www.monkboughtlunch.com - written by Stephen Lioy

On the way through China to Mongolia, I found a book detailing an early 1900's trip by a solo female traveler from Southern China all the way up through

I've been writing again… | MonkBoughtLunch
www.monkboughtlunch.com - written by Stephen Lioy

Another article I wrote just posted on RumBum, this time about Yangshuo, China.  Click over there and check it out, then let me know what you think!

Flickr slideshow from Indonesia. | MonkBoughtLunch
www.monkboughtlunch.com - written by Stephen Lioy

Aside from China, Indonesia is one of the only countries I find myself continually going back to as a destination in itself and not just a convenient transit