Christopher Arnold

Christopher is a world traveler, photographer and music enthusiast.

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Christopher Arnold

154 days ago

New photo journey book on SE Asia

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Christopher Arnold

330 days ago

My newest photography book on the archeological sites of the Maya Classic and Post-Classic period is available now on Amazon.

New Photo Book on Maya Ruins

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Christopher Arnold

752 days ago

How did the developer community behind Netscape pivot after their parent company was acquired? It's a story that intrigued me from the start. I eventually joined their ranks to become a web-development advocate myself. Here's my tale.

ncubeeight

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Christopher Arnold

752 days ago

Why doesn't the web have a concept of "cash"? This is a problem web developers are trying to solve so that our web ecosystem can replicate our monetary concepts from the real world.

Money, friction and momentum on the web

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Christopher Arnold

1018 days ago

What do you do, when you don’t know what to do? Create beauty in some small way I would say.

The Rock Garden

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1080 days ago

Take a journey to a Zen monastery established in 1244 when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan. Eiheiji still opens its Zendo to visitors wishing to learn to meditate to this day.

Staring at walls

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Christopher Arnold

1102 days ago

Let the costume upstage you. You’re along for the ride.

Let the wardrobe do the acting

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1102 days ago

Observations of a Gaijin

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1109 days ago

When you don the backpack and wield the passport, you take on the role of anthropologist. It changes the way you see. And it tends to change the way people see you.

Observations of a Gaijin

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Christopher Arnold

1151 days ago

What is that mysterious call of the road that summons us to travel? How do we respond to its call? I've thought a lot about this over the years.

The call of the road

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Christopher Arnold

1158 days ago

Explore the art of first nation people of Canada at the University of British Columbia or rent a bicycle to explore the dark forests of Stanley Park.  Then luxuriate as you cobble together a picnic from the abundant markets of Granville Island. 

Vancouver

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Christopher Arnold

1165 days ago

Hear the lilt of seductive Buena Vista Social Club musicians and visit the Spanish fort at the port of Havana. You’ll feel as if you’re visiting Florida in the 1950’s as classic cars in mint condition still drive the roads of this beautiful Caribbean island.

Havana

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Christopher Arnold

1172 days ago

Stroll an ancient Ming Dynasty garden with tea houses and ponds filled with carp fish. Then walk a short distance to the heart of China's largest metropolis. Shanghai's contrast of old and new co-existing is a wonder to behold.

Shanghai

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Christopher Arnold

1179 days ago

Visit the largest American botanical garden, stroll the financial center of Wall Street or take in the vast collections of the Metropolitan Art Museum in the largest city on the eastern sea board of the United States.

New York

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Christopher Arnold

1186 days ago

Explore the coastal region of Japan, where I had the opportunity to live in a small town near the mist-castle of Maruoka.

Fukui, Japan

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Christopher Arnold

1193 days ago

Stroll the glowing orange streets of the capital of Sweden, where Nobel Laureates come to receive their recognition for mankind’s greatest accomplishments.

Stockholm

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1200 days ago

Wander across the Bosporous. Stand dwarfed at the foot of Turkey's grand mosques. Resist the temptation to sing in the echoing tile caverns of a Turkish bath house.

Istanbul

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Christopher Arnold

1207 days ago

Stroll along a 600 year old stone bridge or study the oldest working astronomical clock as you visit Prague’s historic old town.

Prague

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Christopher Arnold

1207 days ago

Stroll along a 600 year old stone bridge or study the oldest working astronomical clock as you visit Prague’s historic old town.

Prague

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Christopher Arnold

1214 days ago

Take a tour of a miniature city within a city at the railway model museum. Ride down the majestic Elbe river that inspired the founding of the medieval Hansa city or climb the town's famous sail-shaped opera house to look down on the snaking canals of the ports.

Hamburg, Germany

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Christopher Arnold

1221 days ago

One of the largest cities in the United States started from humble beginnings along a river in California. It was a trade market that was a fusion of Native American, Mexican and European immigrant cultures. Now this sprawling city is still one of the largest cultural and media hubs of the world. For a few years, I called this town home as I lived among its riches of diversity and art.

Los Angeles

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Christopher Arnold

1228 days ago

Visit the fabled streets of the Renaissance in Florence. Boat along the canals of the merchants of Venice. Gander at the volcano peak of Mount Vesuvius from the ruins of Pompeii. Italy is a destination that will beckon you for many visits as it has me.

Italy

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Christopher Arnold

1228 days ago

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned on travels. Here are a few tales of such times on my journeys. Nothing to put you off the idea of traveling yourself. But if you keep your good humor and calm, you can resolve any situation.

Good Cop, Fake Cop and Other Adventures

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Christopher Arnold

1241 days ago

Visit the tea plantations in the mountains of Kandy or climb one of the eight-wonders-of-the-world, the Lion Mountain of Sigiriya. A land of verdant jungles and beaches lined with fruit trees. Sri Lanka has had a culinary and mystic lure for many over the millennia.

Sri Lanka

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Christopher Arnold

1256 days ago

Twenty years ago I moved to San Francisco to start a new career and to discover the cultural plethora of this amazing city. After many international sojourns, I've found my way back here. It is home to so many cultures of the world. So it's easy to call home.

San Francisco

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Christopher Arnold

1263 days ago

Every year thousands of people march through the streets of Naha, Okinawa, playing music to honor departed souls. It's a stirring ceremony to observe.

Okinawa and the drums

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1270 days ago

Come with me to explore the peninsula of South Korea!

Seoul, South Korea

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1277 days ago

Africa's musical traditions have been a great inspiration for me for decades. A friend of mine inspired me to take a journey through Morocco by bus along the coast and by car into the high Atlas mountains. This was my first of many journeys to Africa. It was amazing to see the diversity of landscape just in this one country. Come explore with me!

Morocco

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1284 days ago

The Cascade mountain range along the west coast of the United States forms a barricade for moisture moving in on the Pacific ocean winds. The rising winds dump much of their rain in a fertile valley called the Willamette, yielding excellent farmlands where vineyards and hazelnut farms sprawl across the hills. I spent much of my life here studying, hiking, motorcycling, skateboarding, dueling martial arts and drinking abundant amounts of coffee over the years. It is one of my many homes.

Portland, Oregon

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Christopher Arnold

1291 days ago

In 1994 I took a long bicycle trip starting in Kanazawa, Japan, traversing the Korean Peninsula from Pusan, to Seoul and finishing from Tainjin, China to Beijing. It was one of the greatest adventures I'd ever attempted.

Beijing, China

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Christopher Arnold

1298 days ago

The world is a welcoming host for the weary traveler. Everywhere Anthony Bourdain shows up, people greet him openly and reveal themselves to his cinematographers. But you don't have to be famous to receive this royal treatment.

Howdy, Pilgrim!

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Christopher Arnold

1298 days ago

If you're planning to take a US cross-country train trip, Chicago is the northern hub you'll route through. It's has a bevy of valuable museums, a treasure trove of music, and some of the friendliest people you'll meet in the Americas.

Chicago

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Christopher Arnold

1305 days ago

In the Catalan region of Spain is a wonderful town with playful Dr. Seuss-like architecture from Antoni Gaudí. Following the connect-the-dot tours across the city will unveil a treasure trove of cultural delights.

Barcelona, Spain

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Christopher Arnold

1312 days ago

Back in the 1994 I went to the Annapurna mountains in Nepal, 3 miles high on the opposite side of the Earth from home! In 2002 I went back to guide a tour with my father and two friends.

I see a safe journey, I see a safe return

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Christopher Arnold

1320 days ago

The "spiritual heart" of Japan is a place I've journeyed to many times when I lived in Japan. The importance of this city lies in the fact that Kyoto and Nara were the previous capitals of Japan during the era that Buddhism arrived and became a mainstream philosophy for the country.

Kyoto, Japan

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1326 days ago

Our travelers ascend to elevations of 2 miles to witness stunning mountains and to absorb fresh cosmic rays raining down in the upper atmosphere.

Journey to Annapurna

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1333 days ago

I had the great honor to guide my father and two friends on a tour to Kathmandu and up to the high Himalayan range near Annapurna. My father wrote his tale in a travelogue.

Journey to Kathmandu

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Christopher Arnold

1341 days ago

The Portuguese settlers to the Americas created one of the largest countries in South America with a vast diversity of peoples and culture. In an attempt to capture some of the variety I took several trips to various regions of the country. The tale is perhaps best captured in animated fashion. So this post will be heavy with video and sound.

Brazil

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Christopher Arnold

1347 days ago

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean a vast mountain rises from the sea floor. It’s one of the most continually active volcanoes on the planet. The Hawaiian archipelago is a great place for jungle lovers and lava enthusiasts alike.

Hawaii

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Christopher Arnold

1354 days ago

During my first visit to Moscow I was very excited to explore the museums and the famed cathedrals of the city center. Come with me to take a gander.

Moscow

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1358 days ago

Deep in the jungles of SE Asia is a town where thousands of golden-clad monks meditate on the perfect vision of the immediate moment. Visit Luang Prabang and seek your own insight into the perfect moment.

Laos

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Christopher Arnold

1367 days ago

The highest mountain range in the world is a mystifying destination for travelers and photographers who come to trek into the foothills of the Annapurnas. While it takes a few weeks out of your normal life, it feels like you come back a different person.

Nepal’s Himalayan Range

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Christopher Arnold

1368 days ago

Once there were three kingdoms in the Himalayan mountains that competed to have the best architecture. These are Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. You can still go there today!

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Christopher Arnold

1375 days ago

There are two small volcanoes on the coast of the main island of Japan. The iconic Mt. Fuji is well known, a destination for climbers, Hakone, a destination for hot spring lovers.

Japan – Mt. Fuji and Hakone

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Christopher Arnold

1382 days ago

The deserts of the American west have been an cultural symbol for pioneer spirit, exploration and adventure. Its geological formations are equal in splendor to those of Utah. And thanks to a bunch of film makers, it has become the backdrop of decades of "Western Films" that fill the memories with red dusty landscapes.

Arizona, United States

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Christopher Arnold

1389 days ago

Explore the canals of one of Europe's medieval trading hubs. Belgium is an amazing experience for beer lovers canal cruisers and architecture fans.

Belgium

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1389 days ago

Since I was a child, I remember seeing Chinese wood carvings and calligraphic ink paintings of a place half way around the world where the mountains jut up out of the river bed of the Li River. Once I was a passport-worthy global citizen, I sought it out and discovered for myself why this region has beguiled millions of artists through the centuries.

Yangshuo, China

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Christopher Arnold

1403 days ago

Explore the jungles of Thai hill country by elephant. Visit the ruins of the old kingdom of Siam or see Muay Thai kick-boxing in the bustling modern city of Bangkok.

Thailand

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Christopher Arnold

1410 days ago

One of my favorite drumming styles is the "Sabar Wolof" style from Senegal. After studying the technique, I went to Senegal to listen to some of the contemporary masters at the International Festival of Folklore and Percussion at Louga, Senegal. I met one of my lifelong heroes and discovered the beautiful coast of Senegal and Casamance.

Senegal

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Christopher Arnold

1417 days ago

Travel to the lowest point on the surface of the Earth and feel the rich air caused by the air pressure weighing down upon you. Feel the waters of the Dead Sea reject you as you try to swim in it. Ponder then why so many mystics sought this place out over the centuries.

The Dead Sea

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