Mountains and their Myths: Mount Kazbek

Some mountains are so imposing, so mighty, that those who live in their shadow feel compelled to set their stories and legends on their...

Tusheti: Georgia's Mountain Kingdom

“Wherever we had been in Russia, in Moscow, in the Ukraine, in Stalingrad, the magical name of Georgia came up constantly. People who had...

Silk Road Series: Tash Rabat, Kyrgyzstan

“To follow the Silk Road is to follow a ghost. It flows through the heart of Asia, but it has officially vanished leaving behind the...

Silk Road Series: Bukhara

"Bokhara, the most shameless sink of iniquity that I know in the East." -Arminius Vambery, Hungarian traveller and first European to...

Silk Road Series: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

“We travel not for trafficking alone; By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned: For lust of knowing what should not be known We take...

Paradise Found

Tropical islands are what most people envision when they imagine paradise. For every mountain-lover who dreams of jagged peaks and rocky...

Dazzling Abu Dhabi

It’s hard not to feel a bit of empathy for countries or states that share borders with more famous ‘celebrities’. Although Abu Dhabi and...

Mountain of the Sun

The world’s second deepest canyon goes by several different names. You may see it called Wadi Ghul or Wadi Nakhar, with Wadi being an...

Seas of Sand: Camping in the Wahiba Desert

I wouldn’t be the first to remark that the feeling of being in a desert is not too different from that of sailing through wide-open...

Oman: Splendours of Arabia

What images come to your mind when you read the word “Oman”? If you had asked me this question two years ago, I probably wouldn’t be able...

Desert Ghosts: Abandoned Mining Towns

Deep in the dry Sierra mountains north of Guanajuato is the village of Real de Catorce. The origin of the town’s name, Royal Fourteen,...

Colour in the Desert: Guanajuato

The Cradle of Independence. El Bajio. Central Mexico. La Ruta Plata. The highlands running through the center of Mexico above Mexico City...