Category Archives: Asia

Global Glance: Azerbaijan

  Capital Baku Size/Population 33,436 sq. mi./9,165,000 (2011) Land ½ mountains; ½ lowlands, rivers, and lakes Politics Unitary presidential constitutional republic Economy Oil, natural gas, agriculture, tourism Currency Manat Languages Azerbaijani Religion 95% Muslim (85% Shia, 15% Sunni) Ethnic Groups … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Bhutan

  Capital Thimphu Size/Population 14,824 sq. mi./708,427 (2011) Land Plains, valleys, forests, and mountains (Himalayas) Politics Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy Economy Hydroelectricity, agriculture, forestry, tourism Currency Ngultrum Language Dzongkha Religion 66–75% Vajrayana Buddhist, 25–33% Hindu Ethnic Groups Bhutanese (Ngalops—west, Sharchops—east) … Continue reading

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Global Glance: Philippines

  Capital Manila Size/Population 115,831 sq. mi./92,337,852 (2010) Land An archipelago of 7,107 islands—mountains and tropical rainforest Politics Unitary presidential constitutional republic Economy Geothermal energy, agriculture, industry, and services Currency Peso Languages Filipino (Tagalog), English Religion 80% Roman Catholic, 10% … Continue reading

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5 Other Cultural “WOWs”

5. Indian food—the huge variety of vegetarian food and many types of bread (naan) and the presence of all-vegetarian restaurants and hotels 4. Indian women’s colorful clothing and styles 3. Andean women’s colorful clothing and styles 2. Pisco Sours (the official drink of Chile … Continue reading

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My Top 11 Place “WOWs” of This Trip

11. Andes mountains regions in Central Ecuador (Nariz del Diablo train ride) and Peru (Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley) 10. Oman’s mountains and valleys 9. Dubai architecture 8. Ranakpur, India—huge, white marble Jain temple 7. Valparaiso, Chile—hill areas with colored houses and street art 6. Mysore Palace … Continue reading

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Oman

Oman, the largest of the Gulf countries, is also the most different from the others. It has not pursued the modernization through massive building projects/skyscrapers as the other countries have, but has kept its traditional look and feel. You still … Continue reading

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UAE

United Arab Emirates, or UAE, is one country made out of seven small city-states. The capital, Abu Dhabi, is the largest by far, comprising 87% of the country, and has much more oil than the other emirates. Dubai is perhaps … Continue reading

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Qatar

Qatar, like the other Gulf countries, is a mix of the traditional and modern–with the modern leading the way. Doha, the capital, has a skyline of architecturally unique, and even award-winning (the “bullet” tower), towers. Along the Corniche (the walkway … Continue reading

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Kuwait

Just two decades after the war, Kuwait is rebuilt–and continues to build. You find construction going on everywhere. Skyscrapers and malls alongside souks and mosques. The modern along with the traditional. Kuwait’s most distinctive landmark is likely Kuwait Towers, the … Continue reading

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Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is the largest religious festival and likely largest gathering of people on earth. This year an estimated 70 million people will come to Allahabad, in the north central part of the country, in the 2 months of … Continue reading

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