Lots of interesting reading material this week, courtesy of our contributors. Enjoy!

Nahargarh Fort

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published one more installment of his Then and Now Series: Okawa Spring in Kin Okinaw  with photos taken in 1955 and in 2012.

Ski, our contributor, from Hong Kong, wrote a compelling description of a day in the life of a tour guide in Hong Kong.

Almost every day, I wake up bright and early, ready to meet my guests-of-the-day. We will brave the weather together (right now, it’s a very hot and humid summer), in order to explore the streets of Hong Kong. We talk about Hong Kong history, culture, the love-hate relationship with mainland China, our pop culture, food, etc. As much as a routine job this seems, it really isn’t.

LeX, our contributor from Malaysia, put together a list of the ten must-visit places in Busan, South Korea.

Busan is another big city which consists of numerous exciting and amusing tourism attractions which mainly surrounded by white sandy beaches with exquisite panorama and more relaxing atmosphere for traveller to walk around the seaside.  Something that you will never miss is the fresh seafood in the market. You can enjoy the scenery of Busan while eating sashimi!

Anu, our contributor from India, published a photo essay about her visit to Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur.

The fort’s name has an interesting legend behind it. It is said that the original name of the fort was ‘Sudarshangarh’. However, as work was on, excavating the area for the fort, the resting place of the saint Nahar Singhji Bhomia was disturbed, and his spirit began haunting the construction site. On advice from his spiritual preceptor, the king eventually changed the name of the fort to ‘Nahargarh’ after the saint, and also built a temple for him within the fort premises. It was only then that the haunting ceased and the work on the fort was able to continue!

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About the author

Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.