Tallinn, A Beautiful Small City To Be Experienced in More Than One Day

Most people visit Tallinn on a cruise, but staying on land in a cruise town has its unexpected benefits. The beautiful small city takes on a different atmosphere after the ships are gone and the sun comes to set, with a stunning Old Town and places like Kadriorg Park to feel the old Russian Exmpire … More Tallinn, A Beautiful Small City To Be Experienced in More Than One Day

Waterfalls & Wildlife – Three Days in Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

Along with the Iguazu Falls in Brazils, the Victoria Falls which straddle Zimbabwe and Zambia are ranked as some of the most spectacular falls in the world. Prior to Zimbabwe’s political turmoil, the falls were far more visited, but the pace of tourism is picking up again. My consideration were: Zambia or Zimbabwe? The falls … More Waterfalls & Wildlife – Three Days in Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park

Three Perfect Days in Panama City

While not really on the top of most people’s travel radars, Panama City (Ciudad de Panama) definitely has enough to keep even the most seasoned traveler interested for a few days. The national carrier,COPA airlines is extremely well-connected, and compared to Central American cities like Guatemala City, San Salvador or Tegucigalpa, Panama City is honestly a more comfortable place to stay and has more finesse, making it a good hub to explore Panama. … More Three Perfect Days in Panama City

Archaeological Bucket List: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

This was the major reason I was in Ethiopia. I usually find travel top 10, top 50 lists silly, but I still look at them anyway. When I encountered 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime on the Huffington Post, I saw Lalibela listed at number 17. I had never heard of Lalibela or really even Ethiopia as a travel destination. People go to Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, and so on. Who goes to Ethiopia?

Them more and more I researched, the more I discovered that Ethiopia has possibly the most amazing historic sites on the African continent. I had to see the famous Rock Churches of Lalibela. … More Archaeological Bucket List: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

Celebrating Timkat in Gondar: Ethiopia’s Reknowned Epiphany

A few months ago, massive protests in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia led to a state of emergency. I honestly had some doubts about visiting Ethiopia, but a few people assured me that things would be ok, and worst case, I could opt to visit other parts of Ethiopia if trouble broke out again. The truth was I really wanted to visit northern Ethiopia and with a January visit, being present for the Ethiopian Orthodox Epiphany celebration, Timkat (Sometimes written as Timket) from January 18th – 20th, was a major wish list item for me. Timket is celebrated across Ethiopia, but visitors tend to make special arrangements to be in the city of Gondar for its particularly famous festivities at the historic Fasiledas Bath. … More Celebrating Timkat in Gondar: Ethiopia’s Reknowned Epiphany

Then and Now: A Revitalized Rwanda and a Dream Come True For Me

Visiting Rwanda was a big deal for me. Ever since watching “Hotel Rwanda” years ago, I developed a strange fascination with the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Most people probably stopped at watching the film. I began to read numerous books on the topic, such as “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda” and “Shaking Hands with the Devil” by Romeo Dallaire, who headed UNAMIR in Rwanda during the genocide. Maybe it is simply a fascination with how cruel humanity can be. I have followed topics such as the North Korean dictatorship, the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia, and various brutal dictatorships as Mobutu Seke in neighboring Zaire. … More Then and Now: A Revitalized Rwanda and a Dream Come True For Me

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the Non-Hotspot that Should Be One

I decided to spend the first days of my visit to Vietnam south of Ho Chi Minh City, in the region known as the Mekong Delta. Compared to the hectic tourist scene in Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An, this region was comparatively laid-back and quieter and the highlight of my trip to Vietnam. … More Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the Non-Hotspot that Should Be One