Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

As we work the last few weeks of our jobs, sell off our possessions and prepare for our travels, it's been difficult to practice the yogic principles of aparigrah (non-grasping) and santosha (contentment). We are at an important intersection in life. The road ahead is full of travel plans and change. The road behind us, which we still look … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Shenandoah

Trier: The Rome of the North

After so many years of travel, it is difficult to choose one single place as a favorite, but there is one place stands out in my mind more than the others. Trier, Germany’s oldest city, and nicknamed, “the Rome of the North," calls me back again and again. Every visit to Trier is like the first … Continue reading Trier: The Rome of the North

Valetta, Malta: The Most Proud City

Even though I've only been back from Malta for about three months, there's no place that I miss more than this superbissima, or most proud city. My favorite place on this beautiful earth used to be Greece. Greece was bumped to the status of second place favorite after I landed in Valetta, Malta one day last January. This … Continue reading Valetta, Malta: The Most Proud City

The Byzantine Beauty in Berlin

You would never guess that main attraction of the Bode Museum in Berlin is a mosaic from Ravenna, Italy. The Bode Museum on Museum Island houses a unique collection of Byzantine art, and I went there specifically for their Byzantine collection. I had no idea that a mosaic from Ravenna was waiting for me at the end of the exhibition hall. … Continue reading The Byzantine Beauty in Berlin

Prague Castle at Night

It's been a while since I've been to Prague, but since I'm in Germany again I started thinking about how beautiful this city is. I knew I wanted to see Prague from the moment I arrived in Germany as an Army Specialist in 2007. When I finally traveled to Prague a year later, the city left an impression … Continue reading Prague Castle at Night

Limberg, Lunch, and an 1,100 Year-Old Cellar

Limberg an der Lahn is a quaint medieval town tucked away in Hesse, Germany. You can't miss the imposing late-Romanesque Cathedral from the highway. Limberg was founded in about 800 CE. It is one of the few towns in Germany where the medieval "Old Town" escaped destruction over the years. Entire blocks of original buildings remain. Limburg … Continue reading Limberg, Lunch, and an 1,100 Year-Old Cellar

Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just outside of the famous city of Worms, Germany is a lesser-known, but historically significant little abbey known as Kloster Lorsch. It may not look like much from the outside, but there is a lot of history at Kloster Lorsch. Founded by the Frankish Count Cancor in 764, the abbey stands as a monument to … Continue reading Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus

Sometimes the most interesting travel experiences come from bypassing the main attraction. The first thought that comes to mind about Athens, Greece is usually the Parthenon, but if you walk right across the street there is another wonder of the ancient world. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, or Olympieion was built about 2,600 years ago, … Continue reading Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus

How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

I started hiking again last week. On those long solo hikes the mind tends to wander. I started thinking about one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that I've ever been on. It really wasn't that far, about 4 miles round trip, but it was straight down into the Grand Canyon. I had already visited the … Continue reading How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

Hiking the Grand Canyon

Since I started hiking again last week, It reminded me of one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that I've ever been on. It really wasn't that far, about 4 miles round trip, but it was straight down into the Grand Canyon. I had already visited the Grand Canyon a few times, but I never hiked down into the canyon. … Continue reading Hiking the Grand Canyon

The Church of Bones

If you want to go to a place where you can be reminded of your own mortality, there's no better place on earth than the Sedlec Ossuary at Kutna Hora, just outside of Prague, Czech Republic. This Bone Church is one of the most unique places of worship in the world. When I stepped in … Continue reading The Church of Bones

Glass Slippers and Sixth-Century Wine

A trip to Cologne, Germany usually means a trip to see the Kölner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral, and why not? It's one of the most spectacular Cathedrals in Germany. However this post is not about the Cathedral, this post is about the modern-looking building right next door, the Römisch-Germanische Museum. If you're wondering what's so special about another … Continue reading Glass Slippers and Sixth-Century Wine