Cape Town: Our Beginner’s Guide

12 Apostles & Camps Bay, Cape Town

Cape Town. You may come for beauty, but you’ll leave with a story.Cape Town, a city we had heard so much about over the years, but for so many reasons never took the opportunity to visit – until recently.  Like most, we were originally attracted to Cape Town for its natural beauty – think Table Rock cut by coastlines – but we also knew there was more behind that … [Read more...]

Exploring Berlin: Virtual Tour Week and a Giveaway

Berlin street art

This is about Berlin, chunky quotes, something new we're trying this week, and a few giveaways to tie it all together.Berlin. A city we love, a city we've chosen as a base. As we dig into Berlin and meet others who've done the same, we learn a little bit more about the city through them -- its layers of history, humanity, creativity, and culture.This week … [Read more...]

Ladakh: 9 Memories of Deep Himalayan India

Dan at Gongmaru La Pass, Layers and Layers of Mountains - Ladakh, India

Ladakh: a place we had dreamed about for well over a decade, a visit packed with expectations. What made this place remarkable wasn’t quite what we expected.Imagining Ladakh for all of those years, we focused on the landscape. Sure, Ladakh as a setting for just about anything did not disappoint. The physical beauty was more stunning – and more consistently so -- … [Read more...]

Buddhist Temple at Likir Monastery, Ladakh [360-Degree Panorama]

likir monastery

While traveling, we often find ourselves focused on the present. This is a good thing. Then, something helps us appreciate the history, the roots of where we happen to be. This too, is useful because it provides perspective.Likir Buddhist Monastery in Ladakh, at almost 1,000 years old, is one of those places.For much of our visit to Likir Monastery we were … [Read more...]

Stay Open, Stay Safe: 5 Unconventional Travel Safety Tips

Dan vs. the Bull - Boudhanath, Nepal

For all our readers that ask around the question, "How do you balance safety and openness on the road?" A few thoughts.The U.S. State Department Travel warnings are shaking the news once again. Apparently, many people are wondering whether to cancel their travel plans. We’re getting notes from family and friends asking us to be careful. And we’re currently in … [Read more...]

Crossing Gongmaru La Pass, Ladakh [360-Degree Panorama]

Ladakh pass

Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags greet us as we reach Ladakh's Gongmaru La pass. All the residual fatigue from climbing up to 16,800 feet/5,130 meters seems to evaporate once we've reached this place, our goal. It's been six days in the Markha Valley and we've been up and down -- and up again.We have to remind ourselves not to move around too quickly up here, not to … [Read more...]