Iran: Why We’re Going

Persian Architecture

This is the story of Iran, a country we once expected to visit last, as a final bow wrapped around a journey that tells the story of making human connections around the world. It's also an explanation of why we're going there this Friday. … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Venetian Windmills on Crete

crete windmill

Windmills are a symbol of clean energy today, but wind power is not especially new technology on the Greek island of Crete. In the late 15th century, the occupying Venetians began to use windmills on the edge of Crete's hillsides to grind wheat. To better catch the wind, they attached fabric-like sails on the blades.Today, after over 500 years of facing the … [Read more...]

Crete Week: First Glimpses

Morning View from Royal Mare - Hersonissos, Crete

Greetings from Crete!Difficult to keep track of us sometimes, isn’t it? In one week, after a hop (from Berlin), a skip (to Prague), and a jump (from Munich), we’ve landed on Crete, the almost-southernmost island of Greece. … [Read more...]

Hot Sauce Tasting: Hurts So Good

Hot Sauce Tasting Mosaic, Berlin

A quick visit to a hot sauce store in Berlin turns into an unplanned three-hour hot sauce sampling that made us feel like we just dropped acid.Have you ever planned a hot sauce tasting? Ever even imagined one? Well, maybe you should. … [Read more...]

Base Flying Berlin: An 11th Wedding Anniversary Jump (Video)

Berlin Base Flying

What is marriage, if not a leap of faith?Fourteen years ago, on or around our second date, Audrey and I went skydiving together. It was, as you might imagine, both terrifying and fantastic. And as much as you also might also imagine that it wiped away my fear of heights, it did not. Perhaps it chiseled away at that wall, but it certainly didn’t tear it down. I … [Read more...]