#KingdomLife in Jordan

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM Planning for the trip, we didn’t prioritize Africa or the Middle East, focusing instead on Asia and Europe. Our rocky experience in Morocco didn’t really encourage further exploration of the region either. But learning that my cousin Karen was living in Amman, I knew that I had to go. Not […]

Roaming Around Romania

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM After the unexpected highlights in Bulgaria, I was really looking forward to Romania and, in particular, Transylvania. Things started off well, if long, during a full day journey on three different trains from Varna, on the Black Sea coast, to Brasov in the Carpathian Mountains. Facebook Pinterest Twitter

Blown Away by Bulgaria

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Bulgaria as it isn’t really considered a hot travel destination (other than the resorts on the Black Sea) and there is a relative shortage of info about it. But I had already booked a plane ticket out of Romania and figured I’d check […]

Bosnia & Serbia

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro (which we had visited in September) were all part of the former Yugoslavia, which violently imploded in the 1990s. While it seemed that Croatia has done a pretty good job of recovering and moving forward, I was interested to see how Bosnia and Serbia compared. […]

Chilling in Scandinavia

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM Our time with the Viel clan was quickly coming to an end, extended slightly by hopping on the same flight as Jas & Marc from Prague to Stockholm. We parted ways in the trendy Arlanda airport, leaving them to wait for their flight back to LAX while we jumped on a […]

Summer’s End in Croatia

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM Summer was waning. It became apparent as we passed through the fortified walls of Dubrovnik’s old city after 34 hours of travel from Sri Lanka. Softer light with golden hues, bronzed skin increasingly covered with fabric, cafes closing a little earlier each night, opening a little later each morning. The […]

Slowing Down in Sri Lanka

“Learning Not to Get Hung Up on Hangers”   CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM The primary reason for heading to Sri Lanka was a 10-day Vipassana meditation course offered at Dhamma Kuta, a former tea plantation in the lush foothills outside of Kandy. Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one […]

Northern India – Himalayas to Delhi

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM While the trek through Markha Valley was more about experiencing rural life in the Himalayas, relying on homestays, the 5-day trek from Tso Kar to Tso Moriri was closer to the other end of the spectrum. Not entirely at the far end, our self-reliance limited to setting up our own […]

Himalayas – Markha Valley Trek

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO ALBUM Ever since Bolivia, we’ve been anticipating our next high altitude adventure. Not another climb to the top of a 20,000′ peak (I’m OK with that being a ‘tried it once, never doing it again’ sort of thing), but a proper multi-night trek that gets us into a rhythm of eat, […]