Istanbul. The chaos of 13 million lives. A city bursting at the seams and simultaneously thriving. A place where you cannot escape over 2,000 years of history – nor would you want to. Where the East literally meets the West but it feels more like modern meets ancient. A fantastic place to spend a few… Continue reading Istanbul


Wen and I just wrapped up an eight day whirlwind tour of Uzbekistan. It was four cities, over a thousand kilometers of driving, one desert, countless mosques, madrasahs and mausoleums and more mud bricks than you can possibly imagine. 1. We started our journey is Tashkent. This city was first rebuilt by the Czar who,… Continue reading Uzbekistan

Southern Rajasthan

1. What a difference a day makes. We went to Mandu on a Saturday without booking a room. When we got there, there wasn’t a single hotel room available. We had two options: a) Drive to a town 40 kilometers away in the wrong direction from our next destination b) Stay at the dorm rooms… Continue reading Southern Rajasthan

Central & Western India

1. Traveling in India, like so much of this country, is able to simultaneously embody both the best and worst of the world. For example, India is one of the last places on Earth where flying is truly enjoyable. The (private) airlines here are ruthlessly efficient with almost obsequiously polite staff. New world-class airports are… Continue reading Central & Western India