My trips to India and before that, to Vietnam and Cambodia, were inspiring in very different ways. In India, it was the people and their colors that fascinated (although the Bengal tiger we saw up close and personal in Ranthambore was pretty exciting and, of course, the Taj Mahal was just spectacular). In Vietnam and Cambodia, it was the beautiful Vietnamese landscapes and the Angkor temple complex. In Japan, it was the cleanliness, the order, the extreme politeness, the taxi drivers with white gloves and, of course, the wonderfully delicious food. China was impressive with its can-do philosophy and amazing history.