Bulgaria’s second largest city claims to be the oldest in Europe. The town’s simple play-on-words slogan “PLOVEdiv” has spread to more than just souvenirs. Everything about the city radiates love. Continue reading pLOVEdiv, Bulgaria: Loving Europe’s Oldest Town
To fill the afternoon, I escaped to a secluded spot 15 kilometers from Mostar. A long dirt road leads to Blagaj, a waterfall, shallow and wide, with a Dervish Tekke perched on its edge… Continue reading Mostar’s Stari Most and Dervish Tekke
Beyond its history of war, Sarajevo is a place of peace and solidarity. In the old town, a mosque sits near a Catholic church which sits near a Serbian church and on and on. Serbs mix with Muslims mix with Catholics. Everyone lives in peace. It’s an incredible sight and experience… Continue reading Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina : A Gem is Discovered
During a week of sun, I’d been in that village and made a handful of connections, but that snowy day when I’d intended to leave, I got to find the whole village come alive with coffee, Zivinia, desserts and cigarette-accompanied stories… Continue reading Snowed In: A Tiny Cyprus Village Comes Alive
“I took you because I was looking for adventure. I like this kind of thing. Doing the unplanned. Going with the flow. Thank you for letting me drive you here, but now I have to go.” He thanked me for letting him give me a ride. The true Cypriot spirit… Continue reading Sailing through Limassol, Cyprus
Two flags. One city. The capital city at that.
Turkey. Greece. North Nicosia. South Nicosia. Cypriots. Greeks. Turks. Blue. Green.
Cyprus. Another country divided by powerful outside forces. Continue reading Nicosia Cyprus: The Last Capital Divided
We’d watched flamingos feast in Larnaca’s salt lake, joined a tour of local art stores and pottery shops, stopped for lunch, and found a pirate’s ship in the marina. After all the walking, we thought a quick break back at our ‘treehouse’ would be a good idea. Later we’d go for dinner: A ‘see you later’ celebration… Continue reading Larnaca, Cyprus: Hurricane Gales and Treehouse Tales
The Tomb of the Kings, the birthplace of Aphrodite, colorful beach huts and cool sea breezes. Welcome to Cyprus. Continue reading Paphos, Cyprus: Kings, Aphrodite and Escargot
Here I tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but: Bucharest met me with a challenge I wasn’t ready for. I can navigate streets and haggle my way through lesser developed countries. Traveling full time, I can easily call the world my home but couldn’t manage to call this ninth floor apartment by the same name. It wasn’t home. Continue reading Getting Schooled in Bucharest
Sibiu is most certainly charming, most certainly a cultural hub, and most certainly a special gem. Even through smokey walkways it’s easy to find its magic… Continue reading The Magical Mystery of Sibiu Romania