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Getting naked in public

Hamam. Onsen. Sauna. Bath. To some, they are words associated with indulgence and luxury. To others though, they are reason for white-knuckled panic. For one main reason. You have to get naked. In public. Most Westerners freak out at the very thought of parading around in nothing but a birthday suit, myself initially included. The […]

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Land of Morning Calm

Well, move aside Munich, as Seoul has pipped you for my award as best preserved Olympic site. Melbourne aside, of course. Not only does Seoul have an Olympic Park, eternal flame, Olympic Museum, and countless monuments, everyone knows about the city`s status as Olympic host. The park was a buzz, the excellent museum (which also […]

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Freedom’s frontier: A tour of Korea’s DMZ

Technically, I went to North Korea today. Technically. I got my picture taken with a South Korean soldier on the North Korean side of the building that straddles the Demarcation Line in the Korean DMZ. I didn’t know whether I was supposed to smile so I sort of just grimaced. Am regretting that now. The […]

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