We visited a few days before the 24th so we could take our time through the museum. It's not an easy collection of records, photos, and eye-witness accounts to absorb, but I was happy we did it.
This particular UNESCO World Heritage site is a monastery carved out of a mountain side. It's quite the sight. The Wikipedia page for it does it a better job than I ever could describing its history and facets - take a gander.
I must've walked by this a dozen times before I looked up and noticed it.
Can you tell I grew up in the suburbs and have lived in cities since I left college? I really like photographing farm animals. Especially free-range piggies.
There were no survivors.
Here's a reddit birthday cake some awesome person made for a redditor. Alas, I've got no idea of the source beyond this Imgur link, so let me know whom I should attribute this wonderful artwork to. It's still a total mindjob to think that 5 years ago, I never imagined my little alien would've gotten so famous. Thanks, reddit! It was my birthday on the 24th, so I'm pretending my name is on the cake.