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Geishas are Not Sex Workers: A Reflection on Travel in Japan

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I saw the movie Memoirs of a Geisha a few plane rides ago. Wanting to learn something about the city and the culture I would soon be spending a month living in, Kyoto, Japan, I did what any reasonable person would do. I ignored books and articles and went straight to the movies.If you haven’t seen it (and knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t recommend it), the...
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Morocco: A Few of My Favorite Things

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Come January, our new home became Marrakech. While I can’t earnestly say it was a spot I’d highly recommend living in, I would definitely encourage booking a trip. Marrakech was loud, chaotic, colorful and eccentric but the whole of Morocco was the real treat with many hidden gems and cities such as Chefchouen, Tangier and Essouiara. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. The...
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A Guide to Food in Chiang Mai From Broke to Ballin’ ($$$)

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There is truly no greater pleasure than going to a country and eating the food it’s famous for, especially if you’ve only had the bastardized U.S. version of it. I’ve never been a particular fan of Thai food (I KNOW, I KNOW, please no emails) so when I settled into Chiang Mai, I had no idea what this city had in store for me. What...
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Three Things I Learned from the Monks in Thailand

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One of the delights of Chiang Mai, Thailand (and there are many), is that as you wander through the unmarked streets, smog lovingly stretching across the horizon, as you pass the countless temples, you might randomly cross paths with a monk. Adorned in orange, their hair cut close, monks blend in seamlessly with the city. Up until now, I had only seen monks through American...
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Remote Year: Sahara Desert, Morocco

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. All photos are © Barbara Cameron Pix, unless otherwise noted. There are some travel experiences that are so monumental they are actually difficult to describe. Travelling through the Sahara Desert to camp overnight in the Erg Chebbi dunes in Morocco was one such experience for this travel photographer. The Remote Year event description says it...
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Why I’m Over Anthony Bourdain’s Food Recs

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My friend Nora and I began our trek in the middle of the afternoon. She had found the location of Bun Cha Huong Lien, the restaurant Anthony Bourdain shared a meal with President Barack Obama at during our best (yeah, I said it) President’s first visit to Vietnam. It was only 20 minutes away from our office in Hanoi – and of course, we had to see...
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Croatia: A Few of my Favorite Things

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Spending a month living in Split, Croatia was beautiful, relaxing and definitely challenging. We lived there during off season, so half the restaurants were closed for the season despite saying open on google, grocery stores/convenience stores closed by 8 pm and the chances of meeting any expats were extremely slim. However- you had all of the countries beauty to yourself. Below are some of my...
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Six Months Abroad- What in the World am I Doing Here?

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It’s been essentially six months since I left the U.S. to travel abroad (for real travel, not Cabo or Cancun) for the first time and then embark on Remote Year. Currently I am sitting in my two bedroom apartment in Ha Noi, Vietnam with my shades pulled shut over the extremely strange windows in my room that look into my own hallway and someone else’s...
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Remote Year: Photos of the Week, Morocco Week 2

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. All photos are © Barbara Cameron Pix, unless otherwise noted. Travelling the world and self-care are often at odds. And as a travel photographer, my creative & technical brain is always “on”, at every step I take. Sometimes I need a break from all that stimulation. Some self-care to re-balance. So it’s great to take...
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Remote Year: Photos of the Week, Marrakech, Morocco Week 1

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. Traveling the world has its share of chaos in many forms. On that note, Taha, the Operations Manager for the Remote Year Marrakech City Team, advised our #RYCurie group to embrace the chaos of his home city. Not surprisingly, the experiences within that chaos make for great subject matter—the ultimate canvas for me as a food...
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