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TRAVEL DIARY: India – My Trip to the Subcontinent

June 7, 2012 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. In February 2012, I had the opportunity to visit India touring the western side of the country from Delhi to Goa. Before visiting the country, I had a very limited knowledge of what India had to offer with my interest in the oriental country being sparked mainly through an undergraduate subject I studied in 2010. Looking back on the trip, it is hard to realise what impact this experience would truly have on my perceptions of humanity and particularly, developed and developing countries. This visit truly represents the beginning of a story that is and potentially will never finish.

TRAVEL DIARY: I Once Had a Trip to Africa

May 28, 2012 by

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BY FRANK McCLELLAND. Since I was a small boy I have always wanted to see ‘black’ Africa. My interest stemmed from an atlas we still have with a photograph of a beautiful Masi woman and a Zulu warrior. Later I saw the film Shakker Zulu and started to read some of the history of that nation to do with the wars against the British. Then came the film, ‘Out of Africa’ and the story ‘South of the Limpopo’ by Dervla Murphy. A long-time friend knew of my interest and offered to take me to South Africa where he was working on a Poverty Alleviation project in the Limpopo Province.

PHOTO ESSAY: Vietnam — Captivating, Lively, Fragile, Intense and Laid Back

May 13, 2012 by

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BY LISA TUCK. In February this year I had the privilege of travelling to the coastal nation of Vietnam in South East Asia. The experience proved to be exciting, challenging and culturally eye-opening. During this time I visited Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), Dalat in the central highlands, Hoi An, Hue and Ninh Binh as well as the vibrant and enticing capital Hanoi.

TRAVEL DIARY: My 2001 Visit to Southern China

May 4, 2012 by

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BY FRANK McCLELLAND. I flew from Melbourne to Hong Kong and thence straight to the city of Nanchang in the Jiangxi province. This is my analysis of what I saw and heard while resident, principally in the city of Nanchang with a few days’ travelling – first, south to Chen Ren, then north to the city of Juijiang on the Yangtze River and to the hill resort of Lushan. I left China (after a 17 hour train journey from Nanchang) via Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea — Presentation to the Albury Rotary Club

March 9, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. On Wednesday 7th March 2012 I made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Albury entitled Peering into the Hermit Kingdom: My Experiences on the Fringes of North Korea. In this presentation I gave a brief chronology of my experiences in and around Korea, touching on some of the interesting things I learnt along the way about Korean history, culture and the North Korean state.

PHOTO ESSAY: The China-Korea Frontier — Yánjí and the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture

February 8, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. All North Korea watchers inevitably get to Yánjí at some point in their careers. Yánjí is a small frontier city of approximately 400,000 people, capital of the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin Province, China. It is like a "little Seoul" in northeast China, with a large ethnic Korean (Zhonguo Chaoxian minzu) population navigate dual identities as Chinese citizens of Korean heritage. Many Chaoxian minzu have relatives living in North Korea. Yanbian is nestled in the important strategic border region where the Chinese, North Korean and Russian frontiers meet.

PHOTO ESSAY: Fángchuān — Where China, North Korea and Russia Converge

February 1, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. Some unusual places in the world are magnets for geopolitical intrigue. Fángchuān is one of these places, nestled at the convergence of the Chinese, Russian and North Korean borders on the Tumen River.

PHOTO ESSAY: Porto, Fading Jewel of Portugal

January 30, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. In August 2011 I had the pleasure of visiting the city of Porto, Portugal's second largest city. The old city of Porto, on the north bank of the Douro River, is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage site that is home to some breathtaking architecture harking back to heyday of the Portuguese empire in the sixteenth century. Today, Porto is a bustling tourist centre catering to visitors predominantly from cooler climes of northern Europe and the home of FC Porto, one of European football's most successful clubs. The beauty of the city is matched by the charm and sophistication of the people who live in it.

PHOTO ESSAY: The Yasawa Islands, Fiji

January 19, 2012 by

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BY BEN HABIB. I'll be honest, Fiji was not a place I had much interest in visiting. I had always thought it rivalled Bali as the destination of choice for Australia's least adventurous travellers. However, Fijian society is diverse, culturally rich and ensconsed in beautiful natural wonders. We spent most of our time on Nacula Island (pronounced "Nathula") in the Yasawa archipelago, northwest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu. This photo essay is a diary of our experiences in this culturally unique and picturesque place.

TRAVEL DIARY: China – A World of Difference

August 28, 2011 by

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BY MARTIN DICKENS. For a first time international traveller, arriving at Beijing International Airport at 1:00 AM in the morning felt like the most daunting experience I would ever encounter. Braving the long lines through customs to get entry approval felt like an eternity. Little did I know that the unique cultural experience I would have at the other side of the counter would change my life completely.

TRAVEL DIARY: Discovering China

August 4, 2011 by

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BY LISA TUCK. During my time in Beijing I saw live scorpions being served up as dinner, bargain hunted in small markets, almost got ripped off by a dodgy ‘art dealer’, strolled down the ancient ‘Hutongs’ (alleyways) which criss cross through the city and much more. My senses were enticed by a variety of new and exiting tastes, colours and smells and I was amazed by the sheer diversity that could be seen between rich and poor, developed and undeveloped, Asian and Western. As I first time traveller I found that my time in China has changed me in many ways and has given me a new outlook on life. It has taught me to better appreciate the differences existing between people and cultures and that wealth shouldn’t determine happiness or quality of life.

PHOTO ESSAY: Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

June 27, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. In February 2005 my wife and I travelled to the northern Chinese city of Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, in the region historically known as Manchuria.  Braving temperatures reaching -250C, we visited the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival on the bank of the frozen Songhua River, which runs through the city, as well […]

TRAVEL DIARY: The Expat Experience in Fiji

June 18, 2011 by

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BY LIZETTE SALMON. Ahhhh, Fiji … land of sun, sea and sand, coconuts, coral and coups. But also, as we’ve discovered, land of pollution, potholes and poverty, housemaids, home-husbands and hermaphrodites...

PHOTO ESSAY: An Adventure in Goa, India

May 29, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. In 2007 my wife and I travelled to the former Portuguese colony of Goa, on the Arabian Sea coast of India. Goa is both India's smallest state and richest state, an accolade that arises from its popularity as an international holiday destination. It may be a cliche often repeated of India, but Goa is truly a feast for the senses. I hope this photo gallery can capture, in some small way, the magic that is Goa.

PHOTO ESSAY: The Great Wall of China

May 9, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. While not actually visible from space as the urban myth suggests, the Great Wall is nonetheless a breathtaking piece of architecture that stretches over six thousand kilometres from Bohai Gulf in the east to Lop Nur in the Xinjiang Autonomous Prefecture in western China.