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Vienna

Once upon a time, Vienna was my favorite city and second to Athens. I only visited two days and remember little. This time it didn’t start well, I…

Berlin

First time I was in Germany, it wasn’t the best experience. This time has been fab! I met up with Beaaron (Cali), Paul (UK) and Luc (BE), all…

Prague

Last time I was here was 1998. It was winter, I was a backpacker, I was alone, and it was 34°F. This time I was here on business,…

Gran Canarias

I arrived with no expectations and found Famara, friends and fun. Surfing shattered me the first two days, and crashing waves pummeled me to awesomely fall down on…

India

Six weeks is not enough time to see this huge, complex and wonderfully colorful country, but I did my best. Where did I go? Agra, Alleppey, Bikaner, Delhi,…

Qatar

With only enough time to sample the city and Souq Waqif, I’m glad to be in Doha at night to see its sophisticated skyline illuminated with colors that…

Saudi Arabia

A last-minute decision to see Saudi Arabia rewarded my travel style of not planning everything. There’s nothing wrong with following a map, but how can you be surprised…

Jordan

Arriving via Aqaba, two of us are detained based solely on nationality and profession. I’m one of them; the other is an Australian police officer. Neither of us…

Egypt

Cairo can best be described as a slap in the face. You hear the word ‘Welcome’ a lot — too much, actually — just before aggression bears down…

Turkey

My time in Istanbul is too brief. A visit to the Grand Bazaar, a delicious bite of Turkish delight at Ali Muhiddin, and a tortuous look at everything…

Bahamas

Most people come here on a booze cruise or to shop. I’m here for Junkanoo, Johnny cakes and conch fritters. Airport guards pull me aside at baggage claim…

Mexico

It was 25°F, snowing and turkeys when I left NYC, and here in CZM it’s 25°C, sunny and tacos. The shades of turquoise rival those of Greece, but…

Canada

A weekend in Upstate New York to reconnect with a friend I met in California turns into a road trip to Canada, visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls. It…

Thailand

Bangkok bad, Ayutthaya good. The former way too touristy, overpriced, loud, glitzy, a city of sin but named the city of angels; the latter on the path less…

United Arab Emirates

Out of pure curiosity I stop in Dubai, a city that few people know and even fewer visit. I first learned of the United Arab Emirates when an…

Belgium

Home to EU headquarters, and also where I have a job interview with NBC, Brussels is the first city on my European trek because the one-way ticket from…

The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the last new country I’ll visit on this trip (sad!), and I arrive in Amsterdam sunburned from skiing despite wearing sunscreen. What I saw of…

Italy

February 11, 1998 Buon Giorno! Venice is a charming city of canals, bridges, gondolas (of course) and no cars. By day people are readying for Carnevale on Friday,…

Czech Republic

Prague is a city that was never meant to be big. With impossible alleys, frequent dead ends and poor lighting, it’s unprepared for daily tours, self-guided walks and…

Sweden

The metro stations look like caves, there are giant ice cubes in the sea, and you can ice skate without skates. It’s -30°C! Smoked salmon is the best…

Austria

A work of art in itself, Hundertwasser’s Kunst Haus Wien is an architectural wonder with a vision, a philosophy and a soul. ‘Twas so nice, I went twice…

Switzerland

Fitting to wake up to the sound of opera music in a country of snow-covered alps, red sunrises, and lush-green forests with reindeer. The epitome of tranquility and…

Luxembourg

What’s green, mountainous and can be seen by walking border to border in less than a day? Luxembourg. It was brutal scaling the hill to the hostel (road…