GPS | NEW YORK: Rainbow colors flood Empire State Building on Gay Pride

It’s been an amazing week for gay rights. The U.S. Supreme Court dumped the federal Defense of Marriage Act and declined to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage in California. On Sunday June 30, 2013, the Empire State Building has turned the colors of the rainbow in a show of support for Gay Pride Weekend.… Read More

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GPS | ROMANIA: Horia-Roman Patapievici, curajos erou, a declarat că va demisiona de la conducerea Institutului Cultural Român”

A gallery exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York displayed the Cărtureşti spirit. Cărtureşti is a cultural venue that functions as a bookshop, tea studio, and project space, taking direct action towards revitalizing the Romanian artistic life, urban pleasures and social responsibilities. Read More

GPS | Romania: Acting workshops of Andrei Şerban Traveling Academy in Mogoşoaia

“Brancovan Palaces” Cultural Center in Mogoşoaia hosted the workshops of this traveling academy. The actors worked on Shakespeare and Romanian classic playwright Ion Luca Caragiale (the centenary of whose death is celebrated this year) Read More

GPS | Philippines: Puerto Princesa Underground River officially named one of the new 7 wonders of nature

The underground river, which measures about 5 miles, is a popular tourist destination in the country and has previosuly been declared as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Read More

GPS | Panama: A view of the Panama Canal from the dizzying heights of a cable car

Because of the proximity of the Gamboa to Panama City, this upper section of the Chagres River Basin, which is protected by Chagres National Park (founded in 1985), is quickly becoming a family-fun adventure and ecotourist destination. Read More

GPS | Korea: Altar of a shaman for a ritual ceremony held on an island

GPS | ASIA:  In October 2005, I took a bus to Yangtze Island in South Korea and attended a private Daedong Gut (shaman ritual) by the Korean shaman, Kim Keumhwa, a governing official spirit.  Shamanism is Korea’s indigenous religion and is very much alive in Korea and where Koreans live, despite the efforts of churches, official… Read More

GPS | Panama: Two turtles adoring the sun

GPS | CENTRAL AMERICA:   Monkey Island lives up to its name.  Located at the Gamboa Rainforest in Panama, a boat ride tour around Gatun Lake, which surrounds Monkey Island, is a fun opportunity to see 4 different species of monkey, all within 40 minutes of Panama’s capital city.  I did see many other animal specials such… Read More

GPS | Belarus: Vladimir Lenin Monument on Independence Square in Minsk

GPS| EUROPE:  Minsk was totally destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in classical social realist style by the Soviets after the war.  With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, this statue of Vladimir Lenin still stands proudly in front of the House of Government in central Minsk.  This statue is both a metaphor… Read More