What Makes A Real Irish Pub?

I set my watch 15 minutes fast. That way, when I die I’ll sneak into heaven before the devil figures out I’m dead. – words of wisdom from the local dispensary, a spry gentleman one Guinness down in Westport, County MayoIn almost every country we’ve visited around the world, with perhaps the exception of Bangladesh and Iran, we seem to stumble across an Irish pub. … [Read more...]

Next Up: Our Ireland Road Trip

Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that has eluded us all these years. An upcoming road trip around Ireland to discover its landscape, meet its people, and capture a few stories – with a focus on the in-between places – aims to correct that. … [Read more...]

Northern Cape, South Africa: The Land of Far Out

Orange River at Sunset - Northern Cape, South Africa

When they say “off the beaten track” in South Africa, Northern Cape is what they mean. And why it’s not more beaten, we’re not sure. This is the sum of our short time there, including a surprising and deeply moving human encounter at the very end.As we carved a path into the sunset along the Orange River border between South Africa and Namibia, it dawned on me … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Flight 447: We Cannot Penetrate This Weather

Up in the Air Flight

This is a story about how when you hear penguins at 20,000 feet, there’s a good chance you’re in deep sh*t.“Ladies and gentlemen…the weather situation in Srinagar is very bad…flights are being diverted to Delhi…four flights just before us...we will try and see.”I'd absorbed only fragments of the pilot’s announcement as my head was buried in a book. We’d come … [Read more...]

Ladakh: Dumb Luck, Dreams and Visa Kung Fu

Audrey Wins Grand Prize from ANA Airlines - Seattle, Washington

This is a story about the mystery of mountains, a San Francisco swami, a stroke of good luck, a dabbawalla and the fine art of resourcefulness.Long, long ago in the late 1990s, I lived in San Francisco. And next door to me lived a man who would one day become a swami. And he told me of a land called Ladakh.But before I get to that, a photo. … [Read more...]