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Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road, by Tripatini member Nicholas Kontis
For the first time in a good long while, this southern African country - one of the continent's poorest and least free, thanks to the 37-year dictatorship of Robert Mugabe - is currently making world news daily with the drama surrounding Mugabe's detention, resignation, and succession. But even despite the longtime suffering of its people, tourism to this beautiful country has held its own over the years - in the last several years averaging a bit over two million visitors annually. They're brought here by outstanding attractions such as spectacular Victoria Falls (one of the natural wonders of the world); exciting ecotourism, adventure, and safari offerings; and uniquely in Africa, imposing medieval city ruins built in stone, such as Masvingo's Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, Khami, Dhio-Dhio, and Naletale. But on my own visit, what I found most moving was the warmth and friendliness of its people, even in the face of adversity... keep reading
Some three hours north of Tokyo, via Japan Rail's Yamagata Shinkansen, is Zao Onsen in Yamagata prefecture, one of Japan's largest ski/winter resorts. Here snow sports are king, thanks to the area's excellent powder conditions and wide range of courses covering a large area. However, what sets this ski resort apart from most others in the world are the natural hot spring onsen baths and the mysterious, natural Juhyo ("Snow Monster") ice sculptures - Because of Zao's unique weather conditions, trees become completely covered in ice and snow so that they no longer look like trees at all. Instead they look like eerie snow monsters! keep reading
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