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My name is Rand Blimes. I have a job I love (teaching political science at BYU-Hawaii), a family I adore, and a never-ending desire to see as much of the world as I possibly can. I started the Because Travel Blog to explore the cultural, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual effects of travel . . . and to share some great stories and photographs.
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Our boat captain, who showed us life on the River in rural Vietnam
Kathmandu's Durbar Square took a beating in the 2015 earthquake. But it is still spectacular.
A woman sitting in a temple in Udaipur, India
A wat (Buddhist temple) set among the rice fields in Mae Chaem, Thailand
Gompa on a hill overlooking the town of Leh
The Rock formation known as the Wave. Coyote Buttes, Utah-Arizona border.
Evening falls on the main Street of Luang Prabang, Laos
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Inside a madrassa in Marrakech
Sunset at the monastery at Lamayuru, Ladakh (India)
This is an Aspen forest (right outside Aspen, Colorado). It was fall, and the bright yellow Aspen leaves were backlit. I used a long exposure and moved the camera up and down. Of the many, many images I made like this, this was the best.