The Cham People and their Towers

September 10th, 2012

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I was fascinated to learn about the Cham, or Champa people of Vietnam.  Some theories state the ethnic group originally arose in Borneo and immigrated to Southeast Asia.  In the long run this may have not been such a wise move. They were victims of Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia and are ill-treated elsewhere in … Continued

(Names changed to protect the guilty) It all began with a heating bill. One Tuesday morning in April at the end of the school semester, while my roommate was preparing to move back to Amsterdam and I was preparing to spend the rest of the year in Florence, we heard our landlord traipsing up the … Continued

It was late in the evening when the plane touched down and the doors opened; that was it…………my first smell of Africa; a warm and comforting scent of spices and soil. In March 2011 I travelled to Sierra Leone with the maternal health charity ‘Life for African Mothers’. All I knew of Sierra Leone was … Continued

National Geographic Magazine once called Lima “a city on a binge.”  This was during the heady days of the 1970s and oddly prophetic of decades to come.  In the early days, the capital of Peru was still a run-down post-colonial town.  Street vendors choked the downtown old city, whose structures reeled from centuries of decay. … Continued

Author’s Note:  The events in this story took place during my first visit to Cambodia in 1993 when the country was under the control of UNTAC or the United Nations Transitional Authority In Cambodia.  At that time UNTAC was attempting to organize the country’s first democratic elections after the ravages of the Khmer Rouge which … Continued

In southern Colombia along the verdant hills overlooking the Magdalena River, the National Archeological Park at San Augustin was once a major draw for both domestic and foreign tourists before the simmering drug wars of the 1970s turned into full-scale military conflict.   1) San Augustin town The park boasts a unique feature; its main … Continued

After the hectic feat of exploring a decent portion of Australia in two weeks, my friend and I escaped to New Zealand’s North Island to unwind. We decided the best way to explore the scenic beauty of New Zealand would be to drive through it. This was my first international road trip and first time … Continued

ON THE TRAIN The border of Asia and Europe – that would be our first stop on the Trans-Siberian Express train. How long would it take to leave Europe behind and enter Asia at the border formed by the Ural Mountains? Remember, at the end of Part 1, Kay and I were arriving at the … Continued

My name is Savannah Grace, 22 years old, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and author of “Sihpromatum – I Grew my Boobs in China”,  a fascinating memoir series of a family’s one year turned four year 80+ country, backpacking/overlanding journey around the world. At 14 I was pulled from the grips of the luxuries … Continued

There is no reason to repeat the endless speculations about the pyramids of Giza that have circulated since the first visitors from Greece recorded their impressions 2000 years ago.  The gigantic stone structures were built, and they exist still.  These are the only two irrefutable facts. White stone originally encased the pyramids and they shined … Continued