Old City of Jerusalem, Israel

The Old City of Jerusalem

  Exploring the Old City of Jerusalem was a very powerful experience for us.  Who would’t be moved seeing the major religions of the world – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – peacefully co-existing within the dense confine of this walled city?   It made us wonder – why can’t it happen in the world outside... Read more
Giraffes on Safari in Kruger National Park, South Afric

South African Safari Experience

I went on an incredibly amazing safari in Tanzania in East Africa before I met Keith. So intensely magical was that experience that it overshadowed my euphoria from successfully summiting Mount Kilimanjaro during the same trip.  I had a safari fever and was looking forward to share the same great safari experience with Keith. So when... Read more
Embera Children playing instruments, Embera Village, Charges National Park, Panama

Panama: A Visit to an Embera Tribe Village

  We became curious about Embera people since we read an article about them several years ago. During our trip in Panama,  a visit to an Embera village to learn more about the tribe and their culture was on top of our list. We  visited one of the Embera villages on the banks of  the Upper... Read more
Bird's Eyeview of Colorful Houses and Buildings in Reykjavik, Iceland from the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church

The Colorful Cityscape of Reykjavik

Iceland maybe gloomy in the winter but its capital Reykjavik doesn’t succumb to the mood of the weather and season. All year round, this northernmost capital city in the world is always vibrant, thanks to the burst of colors of its cityscape.  Somehow it is a reflection of the admirable disposition of the Icelandic people.  Rain... Read more
Scenic Mountain Flight over Mt. Everest, Nepal

Mt. Everest Experience: A Scenic Mountain Flight in Nepal

  Do you want to see Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks so close that you can almost touch them and without any physical exertion?  We did just that. Our trip in Nepal was not long enough for us to do long treks to or around the Himalayan peaks.  However, we found an alternative way... Read more
Tiger's Nest Monastery, Paro, Bhutan

Bhutan: The Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Our 10-day trip in Bhutan was filled with highlights after another from festival after festival to scenic and cultural hikes, etc.  And we have concluded the trip with the highlight of all highlights – the hike to the legendary Takshang Lakhang, better known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Tiger’s Nest Monastery is believed to be the... Read more
Hiking in Ura Valley, Bumthang, Bhutan

A Scenic and Cultural Hike in Ura Valley

 Bumthang in the central region of Bhutan is the sacred site and cultural heartland of Bhutan.  It is consist of four beautiful valleys. After observing the colorful religious festival and visiting some of the many temples in Jakar Valley, we headed to another one of its spectacular valley, the Ura. Hiking in Ura Valley made us see... Read more
Mask Dances in Tamshing Phala Chhoepa Festival at Tamshi Lhakhang, Bumthang, Bhutan

Bhutanese Mask Dances at a Festival in Bumthang

Bhutan has a long tradition of colorful religious festivals.  They are integral part of the cultural and spiritual life of the Bhutanese people. We wanted to witness this rich tradition for ourselves and planned our trip around a festival season. Read more
Trongsa Dzong (Fortress), Bhutan

Trongsa, The Center of Bhutan

We made our way to Trongsa after stopping by at the colorful festival in Wangdue. The town of Trongsa is smacked right in the middle of Bhutan and is one of the most historic towns in the country. Although the distance between Wangdue and Trrongsa is only 76 miles/123 km, our journey took almost seven hours... Read more