Below is the list of countries I visited during the year 2012. Click on any country to view my travel photos and stories.
Costa Rica, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and bordered by Panama and Nicaragua, is a rugged and rain-forested country in Central America. Settled as a colony of Spain in the early 16th century, Costa Rica gained its independence in 1821. Costa Rica is known for its long-standing and stable democracy; it historically managed to stay away from the political turmoil and violence from which neighboring nations still suffer. Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently since 1949.
Hong Kong is more than a harbor city with skyscrapers and crowded streets. From boat-buzzed waterfronts to its packed dim-sum restaurants, its incense-smoked temples to its chattering tea-houses, its street markets to its old-world hotels, Hong Kong is teeming with energy.