Off The Beaten Path

Three Days In Sanaa, Yemen

By |2019-05-25T11:26:34-05:00January 3rd, 2015|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|

It was the summer of 2009.  Both a great and a bad time to visit the Middle East.  Great, because it was prior to the Arab Spring and it was a much more stable time to visit the region.  And bad, because every day simmered at over 100 degrees.  I was tired of sweating incessantly. As [...]

A Road Trip In Greece

By |2019-05-25T11:26:37-05:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|

After you have reveled in the beauty of Athens, the energy of the city, and the delights of the Greek kitchen; contemplate following the road less traveled.  Of course, the islands can easily snatch your attention with azure seas and slow breezes, but consider heading north.  I spent four amazing days exploring the main land.  A [...]

Time Stands Still – Parga, Greece

By |2019-05-25T11:26:42-05:00November 12th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|

There is so much to love about Athens. Some of the most valued antiquities in the world, incredible food, and non-stop entertainment. Sometimes, we need a break, to slow down. Your immediate thought might be Santorini or Mykonos. But Greece has so much more to offer than just beaches and the Pantheon.  Parga is an idyllic [...]

Svalbard – Northern Most Settlers In The World

By |2019-05-25T11:35:37-05:00October 8th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: |

Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian island, is found in the Arctic Ocean between 74 and 81 degrees north latitude. During the summer the sun does not set for 99 days and darkness reigns for 84 days in the winter. The approximate 3,000 people that call Svalbard their home are considered the northern most settlements in the world.   [...]

Singapore Redux

By |2019-05-25T11:26:51-05:00August 20th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , |

Singapore is an incredibly successful country on the southern tip of Malaysia. Over 5 million people are packed into this compact area. It is a veritable smorgasbord of ethnicities, languages and religions. For instance, Singapore recognizes four languages: English, Malay, Tamil, and Mandarin. Singapore is the model of a successful free market economy, rated in 2013 [...]

Bangkok At Night

By |2019-05-25T11:26:55-05:00August 16th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bangkok At Night.  A spectacular place to view the Bangkok sunset is State Tower. Resting on the 64th floor is the Sky Bar. A circular, lighted bar seems to be suspended in the sky. A golden dome sits above the bar in an expensive open area. While the drinks are expensive, this is arguably the coolest [...]

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 [...]

Surreal North Korea

By |2019-05-25T11:23:08-05:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What do I have in common with Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle? No, we are all not serial killers. But we have all gone on vacation to North Korea. The difference ends there. Miller and Fowle are in jail in North Korea, and I am back home, writing this story. North Korea aka the [...]