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Visiting Massawa, Eritrea

By |2016-06-02T16:31:08-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , |

Visiting Massawa, Eritrea.  Massawa rests on the coast of the Red Sea.  It has been traded more times than the worst gift at a Yankee Swap.  The Axumite Empire, the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Italy, Britain, Ethiopia and others have all taken their turn ruling this port city. Massawa is only 113 km from the Asmara, the [...]

Faces Of Eritrea

By |2017-12-15T12:08:49-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , |

Faces Of Eritrea.  Have you heard of Eritrea?  Many people have not.  And fewer even visit.  The people are friendly and many happy to pose for the camera.  Here are some portraits of the people I met. Faces of Eritrea.  Want to learn more about Eritrea, read this!

Introduction To Travel In Eritrea

By |2017-12-15T12:07:07-05:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Advice, Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Introduction To Travel In Eritrea I shuffled up to the counter.  I was hungry. “Can I please have spaghetti with tomato sauce?” I inquired.  I had been given a hamburger for dinner, but I had no intention of eating it.  It was swamped in mayonnaise. A big no-no for me.  And to be honest the meat [...]

Eritrean Train

By |2016-05-31T21:01:00-05:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Africa, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , |

Eritrean Train.  Dots of coal soot polka-dotted my shirt.  Droplets of water gently graced my face and arms like a rainbow butterfly-kissing a unicorn.  The whistle shrieked and I temporarily covered my ears.  My body pressed against the railing on the platform, and I marveled in the presence of the steam engine of the Eritrean railway. [...]

A Year In Review: 2015

By |2015-12-15T13:13:47-05:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, South America|Tags: |

A Year In Review: 2015.  It was a busy and rewarding year!! I covered a lot of ground on four different continents, some of it old, but plenty of new. In 2015, I traveled to ten new countries; including: Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama, Romania, and Moldova. This brought my [...]

The Best International Rallies

By |2019-05-25T12:07:33-05:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Unique Experiences|

This is a continuation of the article on Yahoo Travel on the international rally - A Crazy New Kind of Amazing Race: International Car Rallies. Picture the scene. You have been driving for over 15 hours. The monsoons are thundering down. You and your friend are in an auto-rickshaw, laboring along an ink-dark road in the [...]

Ethiopia: The Good, The Bad, And A Lot Of Ugly

By |2019-05-25T11:26:58-05:00August 5th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“You are late. Hurry up,” an unknown man intoned. My face scrunched up. I was an hour and forty-five minute early for my short domestic flight in Ethiopia: Lalibela to Addis Ababa. How was I late? And who was this guy? The Airline He grabbed my bag and dragged it over to the singular counter. The [...]

Travel For Free

By |2019-05-25T11:27:02-05:00July 20th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Africa|Tags: , , , , |

This is the Holy Grail, travel for free! In a several week period in April, I received about $8,000 in free airline tickets and hotels. I stayed in a hotel I would never typically stay in: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa. My 1000 square foot overlooking the Indian Ocean was over $700 a night. My [...]