Road Less Traveled: Top 5 Travel Destinations of Armenia

Armenia view Mt. Ararat, the site where Noah’s Ark landed, according to Genesis 8:4. In addition, Armenia has the distinction of being the first country to adopt the Christian faith (301 A.D.) and being evangelized by two of Jesus’ apostles (Bartholomew and Thaddeus). The landscape is dotted with ancient...

Empires and Castles of Ethiopia

When you think of Ethiopia you think of impoverished people where 3/4ths of the country live on less than $1 a day.  When I first came across the fact that not only there were castles Ethiopia, but a vast Kingdom that rivals the Kingdoms of Europe and was larger...

O Little Town of Bethlehem: Touring Palestinian Territories

With all this talk about air raids in Palestine and rockets in Israel makes you think it must be pure chaos.  It’s far from the truth.  The people I’ve met are use to the rockets coming from Gaza into southern Israel and haven’t been really concerned until as of...

Traveling Marvelous Minsk Belarus

It started with a tweet from a would be friend and an invite to speak in Minsk.  Would I?  Oh wow.  Minsk conjures up ideas of the old communist soviet world.  Now while still very iconic in communism I have found it very charming, and a mix of old...

South Africa’s Kruger Wild Animal Park: Wild and Wonderful

I’ve visited South Africa on three different occasions and found it incredible each time.  I would go at the drop of a hat.  I still need to take my family with me, and yes if you were wondering.  I would do that.  Something that holds a lot of people...

Lalibela Ethiopia and the Famous Rock Hewn Churches

In our world there are few places shrouded with as much mystery, culture, and history as Lalibela the second holiest place in Ethiopia.  Designated as the 8th wonder of the world, and a UNESCO world heritage site.  These rock hewn churches made in the 16th century are an ancient...

Zombies on Kilimanjaro – My Trek on the Marangu Route

I left off the story of the Kilimanjaro Ultimate Hike at the end of Day 4 as we were going to bed at 6pm.  You should read that post before you read this one to really understand where we were.  We had just retired to our hut, and you could...

Mt Kilimanjaro: The Ultimate Hike

I want to give you all the details to one of the most challenging, and incredible events of my life.  My SharePoint friends and I took on the largest free standing mountain in the world.  Known as the top of Africa, Kilimanjaro is also known as the highest hike...

Passport Horrors: Avoiding Chaos – Passport Rush Options

One of the most horrible things that can happen to a traveler is loosing your passport.  The horrors!!! Last week we were packing for a simple trip to Canada.  We were headed to Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary in Alberta, Canada.  I had bought a safe for our important...

Help Stop Brain Cancer

Wanted to share my brother in law Robert’s new blog: Stop Brain Cancer. Robert is more than a brother.  We’be shared a lot of great times togethe including traveling in Washington DC and New York City.  As well I attribute my new appreciation for cuisine in Southern California to...