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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seven countries in three weeks! It took me much longer than that to go through and edit all of the photos. I definitely want to go back to many of these countries and spend more time exploring them. Though it was not a very restful vacation, it surely was an exciting one.

I spent most of my last vacation day at the park and butterfly garden.

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Serenity in Siem Reap




Bangkok

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Freshkills Park

Last weekend I visited the Freshkills Park in Staten Island. Freshkills Park was once better known as the Fresh Kills Landfill. Established in 1948, it was the largest landfill in the world and the cite remained operational till 2001. It is now being converted to a beautiful 2,200 acre park, the third largest park in the five boroughs. The project began in 2006 and will continue to develop in stages over the next 30 years. Freshkills Park is equipped with systems of drainage pipes, soil barrier layers, trenches and flare stations.  The landfill gas is collected and purified while methane gas extracted from it is sold to power 22,000 local homes. The leachate (liquid byproduct of decomposing waste) is piped to an onsite treatment plant and the purified water is released into the Arthur Kill (a local creek). Some of the wild life is already making Freshkills Park its home. I saw an Osprey nest during the tour; white-tailed deer, muskrat, red-tailed hawk and many others have been spotted on the grounds. The city is hoping to make some of the recreational areas of the park open to the public as early as next year. Currently the city is offering free public tours of the park and I think everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to see Freshkills Park in its early stages. The landscape is filled with a mix of natural and industrial elements that provide gorgeous views and an opportunity to learn.

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