Category Archives: (Inhuman) Nature?

Northeast India – Matchless Opportunities for Ecotourism

There is a certain mysticism associated with the states of Northeast India, mostly due to the fact that people from the rest of the country do not know much about this largely hilly terrain. Another factor why the seven states … Continue reading

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Cardamom’s the Word in Guatemala

In spite of the title of this post, truth be told, the way to say cardamom in Spanish is cardamomo.  With a name like that, surely it’s not indigenous to that part of the world.  (Same thing with coffee/café, you … Continue reading

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From the Big Apple to the Great Firewall

Nope, no political statements intended in the title.  However, in case you wanted to know, the Big Apple generally refers to New York City, and Great Firewall ends with of China.  Just how are we going to now tie these … Continue reading

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Kappa: Folklore Has Never Tasted This Bland

For a blog called BuildingMyBento, I don’t reference Japan enough.  Or am I wrong? Ever tried cooked vinegared rice?  Pardon?  I’m referring to what is better known as sushi.  Already been there, done that?  But, have you ever tasted a … Continue reading

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Naturally?

It’s that time of the year again. As much fun as I have taking constitutionals in various cities, more and more I become appreciative of the non-human side of nature.  Plants,  trees, window seats– why didn’t anyone tell me this … Continue reading

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Where Does it Begin? An Intro to Egyptian Roads

When you think of Egypt – um, pre-2011 – what do you conjure up?  Yom Kippur?  A stone cat?  Food-borne parasites? As expected, you didn’t mention the word nature.  Sure, the stones of the Sphinx and the Pyramids aren’t human-made, … Continue reading

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Politely Impolite

Taking photos of rubbish bins.  I should be saying garbage cans, but living abroad has permanently altered my vocabulary.  No, wait.  The bigger question is, when did I turn Japanese?  That is, when did I start taking photos of anything? … Continue reading

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You Win Some, You Lose Some. In This Case, Darwin Lost.

A friend of mine who was teaching in Shenzhen, China at the time tipped me off to a fascinating series of exhibits at the city’s science museum (in Chinese; it seems to have moved, and is now by the intersection … Continue reading

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Once a Year, I’ll Notice a Tree

Thanks to an impromptu January 2008 visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, I came to the realization that trees aren’t merely stocky prey from which we rob apples, macadamias and durians.  Some have a wily defense … Continue reading

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Photo Challenges: Name That Everything

Green things that don’t also find their way on your plate or in a can aren’t such a common sight around these parts.  Nor are their four-season coming of age pals that lose their luster in the colder months. With … Continue reading

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