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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. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Iranian Vineyard
July 20, 2016
Blog Post

An ancient Persian tale tells of a beautiful princess who falls out of favor with the mythic King Jamshid. Heartbroken, the young woman tries to poison herself by drinking a jar filled with the juice of spoiled grapes. Instead of death, however, she experiences a rather pleasant, euphoric feeling before falling asleep. Upon waking, she rushes to tell the king of her discovery. Elated, the sovereign welcomes the princess back to his harem and decrees that all grapes grown in Persepolis...

Taroko National Park, Taiwan
July 20, 2016
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If there is one thing in life worth devouring, we believe it is the natural wonders found around this amazing planet of ours. Case in point: Taroko National Park. 

Located just north of Hualien along Taiwan’s eastern coast, Taroko is one of Asia’s hidden jewels. Spanning some 350 square miles through the Central Mountain Range, the park contains more than a quarter of the country’s 100 peaks. It also is blessed with incredible biodiversity; comprising nearly every...

Attu Island, Aletuian Islands, Alaska
July 5, 2016
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In 1942, the Japanese invaded two Aleutian Islands—Kiska and Attu—only six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. What is now known as “The Forgotten Battle” began during the early morning hours of June 6, when 500 Japanese soldiers landed on Kiska, taking the 10-man US Navy Weather Detachment (the island’s only inhabitants) by complete surprise. Attu Island had been invaded two days before, and 42 native Aleuts were taken prisoner. Though this was the only US soil Japan would claim...

Japanese Sushi
October 16, 2018
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A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian culture. 

The Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan can seem as though they’re worlds apart from each other. Filipinos are...

Thien Hau, Vietnam
June 24, 2016
Blog Post

A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian culture...

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
June 14, 2016
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The Khmer empire, predecessor of modern Cambodia, ruled much of what is now Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand from the 9th to the 14th centuries. This Indianized state strongly influenced the culture, art, and political institutions of Southeast Asia. At about the time that the French were laying the cornerstone of Notre-Dame de Paris, the Khmer kings were finishing the great temple complex of Angkor Wat, an architectural triumph whose central tower is as tall as the spires of Notre-Dame. Angkor...

Agrigento, Sicily
June 8, 2016
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Susan Langley is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary. Her long-standing interest is updating international and national heritage protection legislation, to which end she often consults...

Hue, Vietnam
June 2, 2016
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A teacher and writer, Kim Jane Saunders is a graduate of international politics and history, and holds a master's degree in education. She has lived in Hong Kong and Indonesia, and has traveled extensively throughout East and Southeast Asia. Currently living in Singapore, Kim acts as lecturer and consultant on issues relating to contemporary Asian...

Scrimshaw
May 26, 2016
Blog Post

For 19th-century New England sailors, life aboard whaling ships tended to get rather tedious. Voyages could last years, with weeks or months between sightings; living conditions were lamentable, quarters were cramped. To while away their time, many seamen took to scratching whale teeth or bones with crude needles and other tools in what is considered America's only original art form.

Scrimshaw and its seafaring roots are well known, although the word's origin...

Black-Browed Albatross
May 23, 2016
Blog Post

A native New Zealander and birder since childhood, ornithologist Brent Stephenson helped rediscover the New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, long thought to be extinct. Brent also assisted in designing our upcoming trip to the region's remote...

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