dar es salaam, tanzania

  I can’t believe it’s been just over 3 years since our trip to Africa. In a lot of ways it still feels very recent, yet a lot’s happened since then. I realized recently that there are photos sitting unshared from Tanzania which is a waste. So here we are 🙂 Dar es Salaam often …

don’t go to iran

  “… you might just fall in love”. That’s how I thought I’d start this post (inspired by this video) after buying the tickets for my 10 day trip and reading up on this otherwise atypical tourist destination. That’s what my research showed me — that it was a country that took you by surprise, …

pushing through or climbing elbrus (5,642m)

  After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2014, the supposedly easiest of the 7 summits, I started thinking about potentially tackling some of the remaining ones. This is a daunting (not to mention costly!) task and I’m not quite sure whether I’ve completely settled on it, but I figured it’s worth trying out Elbrus, which ranks as …

hidden istanbul

  I’m saddened by the recent political developments in Turkey. Istanbul has always been one of my favorite cities to visit and now I find myself avoiding going through it like I normally would on my way east, as I’m sure many others do. It remains one of the most interesting and vibrant mixes of …

search for meaning in the nepal himalaya

  *** Update: Less than a week after we returned from Nepal, the 7.9 earthquake struck… what a disaster! We’re all lucky, but also really saddened by the news of this tragedy that is still unfolding in Nepal. Even the news that my post will be featured by WordPress is bittersweet, the upside of which …

red and green tanzania

  It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since my trip to Tanzania & Kenya. I started going through some photos recently and realized how much more I wanted to share, but never got around to. So I’ll try to post a few more stories in the weeks ahead. One thing that came …

i see fire

  Right after New Year’s we were found ourselves in the south of Bulgaria, trying to reach tiny Kovachevitsa — a preserved old village famous for its beautiful surroundings in the Rhodope mountains, the hospitality of the locals and the great food. As we were driving, we saw some smoke coming up over the hill …

the man

  My incredible godson (still sounds crazy) Danny turned 3 recently! I can’t believe how quickly time flies and how nowadays I can have an actual conversation with him. He’s become a person in his own right who has an opinion and an attitude and is not afraid to express them. This is an older …