Checking in After One Week in Russia

This will be a bit different from my typical blog post as I wanted to do a brief update now that I have been in Russia for a week but you haven’t seen any posts […]

Facing My Fear of Hostels

Helsinki hostel dorm

  I have a confession to make.   Before this trip, I never stayed in a hostel.   And to be honest, one of my biggest fears before starting this trip was how the whole […]

Five Favorite Things In Helsinki

View from Suomenlinna

One city down, dozens more to go on this adventure.  So here’s a quick review of my favorite things about my first stop – Helsinki:   1. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress.   Suomenlinna probably was the […]

Kicking off Football Season…in Helsinki

Finland football fans

As my friends back home get ready to kick off college football season this weekend, I got a head start by checking out some football action here in Helsinki. Football as in soccer, I mean. […]

How To Get a Russian Visa


**Note: visa procedures have changed slightly since I wrote the post below. Please scroll to the bottom for information on the current application process for U.S. citizens. I assumed one of the biggest headaches in […]

Way Off the Beaten Path in Egypt

It was still dark outside when I stepped into the back of a white van idling in front of my Zamalek hotel.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little (okay, a lot) […]

Five Favorite Things in Rome

I am in between travels right now, so I thought I would start a new feature looking back on past trips and sharing my favorite things about some of the cities or regions I have […]

Reflections on Egypt in a Time of Turmoil

Mohammed Ali Mosque

“The stuff on the news is nothing, Egypt the way we know it is over…it is a full scale revolution and the people will wake up to a different country tomorrow…if they ever go to […]