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Paddling around Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

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Our first stop in Nepal was in Pokhara. It is the second largest city in Nepal. Pokhara was a quiet city surrounded by a beautiful fresh water lake named Phewa Lake.

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Jason paddled us around Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, for a few hours.

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We took the boat across the lake and walked up to this stupa. This Buddhist stupa, which is named the World Peace Stupa, serves to inspire peace throughout the world. From the top of the stupa, we were able to see beautiful views of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas.

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After visiting the stupa and some other smaller temples, we spent the day paddling around the lake until early evening. It was a very pleasant and relaxing way to spend a day.

The Yanartas: The Flames that Never Stop Burning!

We waited patiently all day. As soon as it started getting dark, a group of us grabbed our flashlights and began ascending the rocky mountain. We were in southwestern Turkey, near a town called Cirali, about to witness a phenomenal natural wonder, the Chimera Flames. In Turkish these fires, which have been burning for thousands of years, are called Yanartas.

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The Yanartas, never stop burning! These flames are said to be fueled by methane gas, which is released from the vents on the rocky mountain.

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There are about a dozen of these extraordinary eternal flames burning constantly. It is best to see the Yanartas at night when it is possible to observe the blue flames.

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We spent a few hours, relaxing and chatting with our friends around the fires. It was yet again another memorable experience!

Video: We poured water on the flames, just to see what would happen! Watch the video and experience the magic of the Yanartas for yourself!

The Beauty of Fall in South Korea

If I had to choose my favorite season, it would definitely be fall. It is a sumptuous time to relish in a plethora of rich and vibrant colors. It is a time to soak-up the very essence of nature.  As I stroll down the cacophonous city streets, I am drawn to the silent, cryptic-looking trees. Their long branches radiate, bursting with lusciously colorful leaves. For me, these attractively hued trees hold a delightful treasure called happiness. The beauty of fall captivates my senses like a lover enraptured by his beloved’s kiss. I happily become lost in the world of reflection and tranquility. Helpless as a newborn, my senses are heightened for my connection with nature becomes irresistibly deep. The mere sight of the brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves instantly arouse memories of my playful childhood.

I begin reminiscing about the days, when I used to absent-mindedly collect the fragile leaves of every color and shape within my reach. Time would stop. Only the rustling sound of falling leaves would bring me back. I would take a deep breath and sigh. Smiling, I would I continue gathering my precious leaves. Sometimes, I would assemble an enormous pile of leaves, and then carelessly leap into it. This simple yet joyous act would leave me feeling refreshed and exhilarated.

Now, bundled in my warm jacket and scarf, my boots make a crunching sound upon touching the withering leaves. I leave the hubbub of the city and briskly head for the pristine mountainside. Hiking among the trails flourishing with ubiquitous trees, is time well spent. Like a breath-taking sunset, the autumn views are strikingly gorgeous. Along the way, I become particularly mesmerized by the gentle multicolored leaves that haphazardly drift with the current in the stream. As the crisp breeze rushes by, I eagerly try to take a snapshot in my mind of all the marvelous beauty this season unveils.

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Elephant Bathing in Laos!

Riding an elephant is fun. But, what’s better is riding an elephant into a river! This adventure was one of my highlights in Laos. It was just incredibly fun! At first, it was a huge physical challenge for me to get on the elephant. Watch the video below and you will see. Then, to ride an elephant without really holding on to anything secure was also another challenge. But, it was an exciting challenge! Eventually, I managed to sit on the elephant. My guide taught me an instruction to yell at the elephant so he would move forward. Of course, the elephant never listened to me no matter how loud I yelled. It was funny. Without hesitation however, the elephant moved forward upon my guide’s instructions.

Now for the scariest part of all! As the elephant was moving forward into the water, I had no idea about the depth of the water. I wasn’t even sure what the elephant was going to do. Would it try to throw me off its back and into the water? It was definitely acting unpredictable. With every step the elephant took into the water, I was beginning to slide forward due to the decline. And my adrenaline was definitely pumping!

Once the elephant was more than half immersed into the water, I thought the scary part was over. As I began to relax, I realized what an amazing feeling it was to be sitting on an such a large animal while being in a lake. I felt tiny and vulnerable, but happy. However moments later, due to my guide’s commands, the elephant began dipping its head forward with the intention of trying to throw me into the water. But, I was too quick and held onto the elephant. The joke ended up being on the guide himself because it was him who fell into the water later!

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Jason joins us for an elephant ride!

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Jason is trying to steady himself on the elephant’s back.

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Oh no, both Jason and our guide fell into the water because the elephant pushed them off his back!

As for the bathing part, well let’s us say we didn’t really do much except wash the elephant with some water. It was really more about having fun with the elephant in the water. Indeed, a wonderful experience!

A Beautiful Sunset in Kota Kinabalu

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A couple enjoys the radiant colors of a sunset, as it illuminates the vast South China Sea.

After traveling around the world for one year and living a year in Taipei, Taiwan, we decided to travel around Southeast Asia for 3 months. The first destination we went to was Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Malaysia. It was while strolling near the city’s pier that I took the photograph of this beautiful sunset. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets, I had ever seen. I loved seeing the reflection of the sunset in the water. Where have you seen the most beautiful sunset?