What an Amazing World!

2013 has been a year of intense travel, both for leisure and business. Since January almost every month I left Jakarta to travel, from a short drive to Bogor – a city to the south of Jakarta – to a 14-hour flight to Istanbul. As for What an Amazing World! itself, stories from various places kept the blog not only alive but also thriving to a level I never thought possible when I first started it almost four years ago.

As for the number of new countries I visited, 2013 saw the addition of three more countries to the list: Turkey, Taiwan and Timor-Leste. Istanbul proved to be hard not to love, especially for an enthusiast of ancient sites like me. From the millennia-old walls of Hagia Sophia to the classical Ottoman marvel of the Blue Mosque to the lavish halls of Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul is a city I would…

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