A Long Weekend on the Riviera Maya: 14 Memories

Audrey at Tulum Ruins  Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mexico has ruins, Mexico has beaches. But the only place in the country where you'll find them both? That's the Riviera Maya.Our visit to Riviera Maya was short -- only five days – but it was chock full, not only of beaches and ruins, but of tasty local cuisine, lush jungle, psychedelic jellyfish, and even some afternoon karaoke. When I think back, here are … [Read more...]

A Yucatan Afternoon in Four Courses (or, How I Finally Found My Puerco Pibil)

Late Afternoon at the Hacienda - Yucatan, Mexico

This is the story of a perfect afternoon in Yucatan, including relaxing in the ruins of a hacienda, eating a traditional Yucatecan lunch, swimming in a lush collapsed sinkhole, and perhaps most importantly, satiating my six-year long curiosity about something called puerco pibil.“For lunch, everything is local,” Julia, our host, explained as she walked us about … [Read more...]

Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

All aboard the Midnight Express (Tehran to Istanbul)

Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year -- hopping a train en route from Tehran across the border to Turkey, then all the way to Istanbul. One of the finest and most surprising segments of our around-the-world journey. … [Read more...]