The first thing I noticed when arriving in Malaysia was how much more modern it is than Thailand. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur is filled with towering skyscrapers, huge shopping centers and a very efficient transportation system. Malaysia is also home to the tallest twin towers in the world, the largest Hindu shrine in the world AND the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Go Malaysia!

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The Great Wall of China stretches over 13,000 miles along the entire length of China; it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World for good reason! We decided to visit the Wall from the capital city of Beijing. Although we mainly travelled here to see the Wall, the city also pleasantly surprised us with its many tourist attractions and intense culture.

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Nicaragua was by far my favorite country in Central America. The beautiful scenery, massive volcanoes and stunning beaches make this country a must see, especially for those who love the outdoors. While in Nicaragua we visited Leon, Ometepe Island and San Juan del Sur.

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Costa Rica is full of amazing scenery, diverse wildlife and beautiful beaches. Although slightly more expensive and touristy than Nicaragua, it is still definitely worth a visit. While here you will experience “Pura Vida”, a Spanish expression for a pure, relaxed lifestyle.

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The Mayan civilization was once the most dominant indigenous society in present-day Central America. They were renowned for their impressive architecture, skills in mathematics, hieroglyph writing and calendar-making. Although the last Mayan city was abandoned around 900 AD, they left behind impressive ruins that can still be viewed today.

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