Two different online guides describe climbing Mount Fuji as "relatively easy to climb for most people" and requiring "little expertise or equipment." Don't let that deceive you. Hiking to the summit of Japan's iconic highest peak is truly an exciting, "bucket-list" achievement -- an experience that comes with breathtaking, unforgettable views and bragging rights.
Bamiyan, a picturesque but deeply impoverished province in north-central Afghanistan, has remained largely peaceful since international forces left earlier this year, but now a neighbor’s instability is making life difficult for residents.
Less than an hour’s drive from the sleepy city of Bamiyan, with its giant Buddhas, nascent tourism industry, and zero foreign troops, this rugged mountain district in what many consider the safest province in the country has quietly become a tense battleground between government forces and insurgents. It may provide a peek at what Afghanistan faces in a post-NATO world.
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