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Turtle in the Fountain

NPR has a post today with 5 tips by authors Paul Theroux and Pico Iyer on how to make travel meaningful. There’s also excerpts from each of their latest books.

Today’s Photo

My travel and photography tip for today is to not overlook the little details. In new environments, or sometimes even in familiar ones, it’s easy to become ‘overwhelmed’ by the larger scene around us. This turtle detail is part of a large fountain in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

Turtle in the Fountain

Turtle in the Fountain - Sydney

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Darling Harbour Christmas

Today’s Photo

Once a large industrial area, Darling Harbour is now mostly a tourist ghetto with overpriced restaurants, bars, and shops next to downtown Sydney. A lot of cultural events are held there throughout the year, many being of the semi-manufactured type where a foreign holiday or festival is recreated in an attempt to bring the community together.

For several nights over the weeks leading up to Christmas, carols are sung at the Darling Harbour Christmas tree followed by a small fireworks display over the water. The event of course draws large crowds, which for some reason seems to have a large percentage of Asians, greater than what might be expected from the community at large. Maybe it’s just the proximity of Darling Harbour to Chinatown, but if anyone has some cultural insight into why the Asian community might enjoy this type of event more than people of other ethnic backgrounds, I’d be curious to hear your comments.

Holiday at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Christmas Tree and holiday crowd

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Water Temple

The Water Palace near Tirtagangga, Bali.

Water Palace

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