The Evolution of a Nomad (or, Why Berlin?)

Berlin street art

This is a story about life shaping…and a thank you to the people who have helped make it possible.A few days ago we returned to Berlin from a month in New Zealand. Something was different. Really different. Traveling for a month is not particularly unusual for us, but the fact that we had keys to an apartment, one where our names were on the buzzer, certainly … [Read more...]

Hiking Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Franz Josef glacier

One minute, you're in the center of the town of Franz Josef, a cafe on one side of you, a pizzeria on the other. Then, within minutes, you are transported to another world. Your helicopter pops up into the air, through jagged mountain crags, just before dropping you into the heart of a glacier, an otherworldly ice field of turquoise blues and glowing whites.This … [Read more...]

Bay of Islands from Above, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

bay of islands

Perspective. There are times to sit and relax on a white sand beach and enjoy the proximity of the crashing waves. And then there are times to climb up to get up above it all.Waewaetorea Island is one of those times to take the climb. From the top you get a 360-degree view of around 35 islands that make up the Bay of Islands in the North Island.Open the … [Read more...]

A Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine’s Day [VIDEO]

Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine's Day - Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, New Zealand

I am starting to wonder about you guys. every time you celebrate your 'love' (V-day, anniversary) you jump off something very high. Please explain. -- A good friend responds to our Valentine’s Day bungy jump, capturing a little problem we seem to have.So there we were in New Zealand, Valentine’s Day approaching. We find ourselves in Queenstown, the so-called … [Read more...]

Pursue the Precious: A Maori Blessing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koutou me he maunga teitei.Pursue that which is most precious. If you should bow down, let it only be to a lofty mountain -- Maori blessingSometimes in life, we find ourselves fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty that we can feel a bit like we are drowning. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Hidden Peacock Mosque – Isfahan, Iran

esfahan mosque

"If you look up, at just the right time, you'll see a peacock on the ceiling," our guide, Javad, explained as he walked us under the gilded and tiled dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.We craned our necks, searching for just the right angle. With the aid of sunlight passing through a nearby window, an image of a peacock -- previously unseen, now … [Read more...]