Category - Culture

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A Day in Venice
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A Letter from India
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Dodda Ganeshana Gudi, Bull Temple
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Setsubun Spring Festival in Japan

A Day in Venice

If there was ever a time to put Venice at the top of your bucket list, now is that time. Venice was recently added to the World Monument Fund’s list of places under threat. There are genuine concerns that this magical canal city is, quite literally, sinking.

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A Letter from India

It was my second full day in India. Eyes-wide, everything was new and strange to me. I was so overcome with emotion that I returned home and wrote the below letter to a friend of mine.

This letter is an honest, candid representation of my true feelings during those first few days. I decided to publish this on the blog because I think it can help other travelers prepare for the culture shock that you might experience. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – here we go!

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Dodda Ganeshana Gudi, Bull Temple

Bull Temple is a small, peaceful spot located on a hill in Bugle Rock Park in South Bangalore. This Hindu temple is only a 10-minute walk from Gandhi Bazaar, so you can easily explore both places in just a few hours.

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Setsubun Spring Festival in Japan

Setsubun, literally translated as “seasonal division,” is a unique celebration in Japan in which people honor the changing season with the special ritual of mamemaki, or bean throwing. This festival is held every year on February 3rd, on the eve of spring in Japan. The changing of the season is very important in Japan, similar to the New Year, as it is thought to be a time of cleansing and welcoming good spirits for the coming year.

This celebration is honored with bean-throwing festivals all over the country. The night of Setsubun, people solidify their luck by eating a traditional makizushi roll called ehōmaki.

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