Egypt: Temples and Tombs

We idolize and idealize people and places, and are frequently let down when in crashes reality. But there are those rare instances where reality exceeds our fantasies and expectations. Such was the case of Egypt. For as far back as I can remember I have wanted to go to Egypt. Walk in the footsteps of […]


Turkey: Out with the old and in with the new – Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Palace

Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th and 16th century. It isn’t a single building, but a sprawling complex of different pavilions separated by three terraced garden courtyards all connected with marble pathways and has an amazing view of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. The interior design […]


Mexico Week 6: Spiritual Adventure Part 1 -Understanding the past and present

(note: longer than normal post) Though I’m neither religious nor spiritual, I do take an interest in and appreciate different belief systems, as they have been the cornerstone of most civilizations. That being said, I surprised myself on the number and level of involvement in religious and/or spiritual activities in which I participated. To say […]