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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Transportation in Japan
October 16, 2018
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Japan has an efficient public transportation network, especially within metropolitan areas and between the large cities. Japanese public transportation is characterized by its punctuality, superb service, and the large numbers of people using it.

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Things To Do In Japan
October 16, 2018
Blog Post

With all the contrasts of this complex culture, what should you see and do on your trip to Japan?

Here are a few places we recommend for first-time travelers.

Tokyo

Meiji Shrine (Tokyo) - Located in the Shibuya neighborhood, the Meiji Shrine honors the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (Japan’s 122nd emperor, who opened Japan to the west...

Food and Wine in The Iberian Peninsula
October 15, 2018
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Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of The Iberian Penninsula

The Iberian Peninsula includes Spain and Portugal, two of the most dynamic countries in Europe. There, centuries of conquests, migrations, and trade have created a cultural diversity like few other places on the continent.

From foggy, rain-swept, and bagpipe-playing Galicia in Northern Spain to steamy Andalucia in the South (where the traces of centuries of Arab domination are still present in...

The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
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It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

Path of the Vikings
September 13, 2018
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Along with the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Samurai warrior caste of Japan, and the Zulus of southern Africa, the Vikings of Scandinavia are widely regarded as one of history’s greatest warrior cultures.

The Viking era has been a staple fodder of popular culture for decades, from films (How to Train Your Dragon, Outlander, Valhalla Rising) and...

top things to do in Japan
July 24, 2018
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Living in Japan, I learned that the country is an intriguing place that’s full of rich contrasts.

Ancient buildings coexist alongside emerging technologies. There’s delicious traditional cuisine and more modern, adventurous snacks. You can explore rural lands where things are done as they always have been, and cities that are rife with change, urban sophistication, and a passion for kawaii (cute).

With all the contrasts of this complex culture...

Antarctic Cruise
July 18, 2018
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Antarctica is a dream destination that tops the bucket list of nearly every nature-loving traveler. A truly off-the-beaten-path adventure, an Antarctic cruise offers an extraordinary chance to explore one of the world’s last truly pristine ecosystems.

This opportunity has become even more precious in recent years, as the southernmost continent has become increasingly vulnerable to the catastrophic effects of climate change. There was a time when people who dreamed of cruising to...

Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Indochina
July 2, 2018
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Indochina– the geographical area of Southeast Asia that’s bordered by India to the west and China to the north– offers a melting pot of indigenous cultures.

Comprised of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, this area was deeply influenced by its neighbors, as well as by French colonizers. However, the name of the region didn’t originate until the early 1800s.

When you travel to Indochina today, there are an array of deep and rich cultural,...

Egyptian historical sites
June 26, 2018
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From Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings

If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling to Egypt, there’s never been a better time. The country has suffered a long-lasting tourism drought due in large part to the Arab Spring. But nowadays, though the political situation is stable and the country is once again open for business, western tourists remain few and far between.

Those who do choose to tour Egypt will be rewarded far beyond their expectations....

Culture, history, and things to do in China
June 18, 2018
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China is home to some of the oldest cultures in the world, and its rich history is a deep well from which to draw.

Chinese farmers have been growing grains and domesticating animals for over 7,000 years now. Artisans have been making distinctive pottery, baskets, and woven hemp cloth for nearly as long. The wheel was actually invented in China, as were paper, gunpowder, compasses, and alcohol. The umbrella. Silk. Cultivated tea. Porcelain. Bronze. The kite. The list goes on…

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