The Bamboo Traveler

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Welcome to The Bamboo Traveler, a travel blog dedicated to helping you dig deeply into the history, heritage, and culture of a place. Whether it’s through the pages of your passport or the pages of a book, I’ll help you travel the world and uncover the history, culture, food, architecture, and natural beauty of some of the world’s most fascinating places.

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Shirakawa-go Itinerary: Enter a Japanese Fairy Tale (2022)

Shirakawa-go Itinerary: Enter a Japanese Fairy Tale (2022)

Shirakawa-go makes the perfect day trip from Takayama or the perfect day trip from Kanazawa. It also makes a great stopover when traveling from Takayama to Kanazawa or from Kanazawa to Takayama. Here is my suggested  Shirakawa-go itinerary for 1 day.  I've also included information on how you can stay overnight in Shirakawa-go. Can't physically travel to Japan right now? Check out my list of 30 of the best books on Japan that you can read from the comfort and safety of your home. BONUS: I've created a FREE PDF version of my Japan itinerary guide. It includes detailed...

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33 Most Popular Guatemalan Dishes

33 Most Popular Guatemalan Dishes

Let’s face it. When you think of the great cuisines of the world, Guatemalan food does not immediately pop into your head. At least for me it didn't before I visited the country. So, I had pretty low expectations of the food when I first arrived. To tell you the...

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30 Books on Ukraine: History, Culture, & Fiction

30 Books on Ukraine: History, Culture, & Fiction

If you’re trying to make sense of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, here are 30 books on Ukraine to help you understand the country better. The list includes books on Ukrainian history, World War II, and the Holocaust in Ukraine as well as novels set in Ukraine. Ever since the beginning of this year, I’ve noticed that lots of people have become interested in Ukraine and Russia. I know this because I’ve tried borrowing books from the library and the wait time can be quite long. There are a few books on Ukraine and lots of books on Russia. Sometimes it’s not easy knowing...

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16 Great Books on Indonesia

16 Great Books on Indonesia

I started reading books on Indonesia during the beginning of the pandemic. I intended to travel to the country the minute borders opened up. Well, unfortunately, it took Indonesia way too long to open, so I took a detour through Central America. Hopefully, one day I...

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10 Books on Russia: What is Vladimir Putin Thinking?

10 Books on Russia: What is Vladimir Putin Thinking?

Are you obsessed as I am right now about all things Russia and Ukraine? This list of books on Russia is made for those of you who are trying to make sense of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Like me, you want to know who Putin is, what's driving him, how Russia got...

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