Monthly Archives: July 2011

Photo of the week – July 25, 2011

At the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Musuem

At 11:02:35am on August 9, 1945, the second atomic bomb to be used during the second world war exploded over the city of Nagasaki, Japan. Anywhere between 40,000 and 75,000 unarmed men, women, and children were instantly killed. Thousands more suffered due to exposure to radiation.

Today over 20,500 nuclear warheads still exist in the hands of some of the world’s most powerful nations. Each of these bombs is much more powerful than the one dropped on Nagasaki that day.

This clock is frozen in time at exactly 11:02am, August 9, 1945. It serves as a reminder of the horrible consequences the people of Nagasaki had to endure, if they were lucky enough to keep their lives. Must we continue to have such destructive weapons still today?

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This Is My Travel Blog

I was once having a conversation with a friend over some delicious 닭갈비 (Dak-Galbi:Dakgalbi Korean stir fry with chicken) in the Korean city of Chuncheon. We were discussing my upcoming trip around various parts of Asia that I was to depart on in the next few days. She asked me to explain this yearning, this desire to run around the world with no set plan, no end goal, and only a backpack to offer comfort. It wasn’t that she disagreed with me; it was that she herself was searching for a way to explain these same desires to her friends and family.

Many people say that they want to be free, free from responsibilities and overbearing bosses and mortgage payments and pesky neighbors and the general monotony of everyday life. However the actual thought of leaving all of these elements of their life behind is a very scary proposition. It’s very difficult to leave everything that you have ever known behind. Questions swirl in your mind. What if I get lost? What if someone robs me? What if an alien spaceship comes down claiming to be from Sarah Palin’s home planet and abducts me in order to take me back to their distant planet where everyone is just as smart and well-read as she?

So then why? Why do it? Why travel? Why let go of everything with no plan of when to return and, in deed, no idea of how you will even return home, if you can even still refer to that place as home? Continue reading