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Nature's Window

AUSTRALIA | Tue, 15 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [77] | Comments [2]

Back in November I undertook a most extraordinary journey. A journey across the world's six largest country, doing a total of 8,100 kilometres using only my thumb. Unfortunately, my plans were altered; not due to COVID-19 but because of bushfires. Altering ... Read more >

After 50 Years: Returning to Prague

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wed, 27 Jul 2022 | By krodin | Views [42] | Comments [1]

After 50 Years: Returning to Prague  The last time I was in Prague, in August 1972, I was greeted at the border by guards with guns who tore the seats out of my VW beetle looking for contraband, which they promptly found. My girlfriend and Olympic ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns


AUSTRALIA | Tue, 15 Feb 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [96] | Comments [1]

Over the past few months I've traversed Australia on the diagonal, and have done the whole journey using only my thumb. The previous July I was at Cape York, better known as the Tip of Australia in the northeast corner and now I'm in Augusta, which is ... Read more >

Spain - Asturias, Cantabria, Picos de Europa and more

SPAIN | Tue, 26 Oct 2021 | By pauluiza | Views [61] | Comments [1]

Back on the road for yet another awesome road trip to Spain: Pueblo de Sanabria (Zamora), Burgos (Castille y Leon), Santillana del Mar & San Vicente de La Barquera (Cantabria) and Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa, Cudillero, Avilés, ... Read more >

Belgrade Impressions

SERBIA | Sun, 5 Jun 2022 | By krodin | Views [53] | Comments [1]

BELGRADE Arrived in almost 30 degrees C Belgrade from 8 degrees C Stockholm. After all the extremely long lines to get through security at Arlanda Airport, getting into Serbia was a breeze.  The cab ride into town didn’t take too long ... Read more >

Tags: churches, cities, history, museums, towns


SLOVENIA | Thu, 28 Jul 2022 | By krodin | Views [31]

Zagreb and Ljubljana Flew to Zagreb from London on Friday to visit the National and City Museums.  Unfortunately, both are still closed due to renovations caused by earthquake damage.  The rest of the city was also pretty barren as everyone ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

Island of Santa Claus

CHRISTMAS ISLAND | Tue, 23 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [181]

Santa Claus is nearly always envisioned as living somewhere cold and snowy rather than warm and balmy. My good friend Amanda sent me a video years ago. It was of a traveller with clips where he was dancing gleefully in dozens of places all around the ... Read more >

Slow Start to the New Year

USA | Fri, 7 Jan 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [155]

2022 IS GETTING OFF TO A SLOW START. Days are still 24-hours long and there are seven days in a week but we haven’t done much to fill them. The weather has been chilly with more rain than usual and, except for Connie, we’ve all been coughing ... Read more >

Pakistan 3: Hunza - Gilgit-Baltistan

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [153]

Pakistan 3 Hunza Hunza borders on China and the Hunza River corridor formed one of the main arteries of the Old Silk Road.  Sections of the old path zigzagging across the steep arid brown mountainsides are still visible from the new Karakorum ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, on the road


USA | Thu, 16 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [150]

MOSES’ EXODUS FROM EGYPT to the Promised Land took him forty years. We made the trip in 40-hours from Covid test in Cairo to touchdown in Omaha. Along the way Moses received the Ten Commandments. We got the message that we are not as young as we ... Read more >

A Loop Through Andian Colonial Towns NE of Bogota

COLOMBIA | Sat, 4 Dec 2021 | By krodin | Views [148]

A Loop Through Andian Colonial Towns Northeast of Bogota  In the early morning I met my local guide, Jorge, and driver, Mario, for a loop trip of a few Colonial towns in the Andes northeast of Bogota. Normally I would either rent a car or take ... Read more >

Tags: colonial towns and andian landscapes

The Columbian Caribbean Coast: Tayrona to Cartagena

COLOMBIA | Thu, 30 Dec 2021 | By krodin | Views [148]

The Columbian Caribbean Coast  Tayrona National Park is perhaps the most famous park in the country and for good reason. The rainforest mountainsides roll down like waves of multi-hued greens to meet the whitewater waves of the sea. The Santa ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, cities, history, museums, national park, towns

Sonora Desert Solstice

USA | Wed, 22 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [147]

NIGHTS IN THE SAHARA CAN GET COLD but it hardly prepared us for the weather in Omaha. Even our arrival from Atlanta was in doubt—wind gusts topping 100 mph had been reported all day, tearing off roofs and rolling semi-trucks on the interstate. ... Read more >

Pakistan 2 - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains

PAKISTAN | Wed, 13 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [138]

 Pakistan 2 – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mountains  The drive from Mingora to Chitral is long, windy, and the roads, while asphalted, are often torn up. Nonetheless, the journey is beautiful.  The landscape changes from fruit orchards, ... Read more >

Tags: history, mountains, museums, on the road


COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS | Wed, 17 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [135]

Australia's most far-flung inhabited outpost I arrived yesterday. Welcome to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Discovered by Capt. William Keeling in 1609, these flat islands are more than 2,000 kilometres from the nearest point on the mainland. Everything ... Read more >

Back On Our Own

MEXICO | Tue, 24 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [134]

THE BIRDING TRIP IS OFFICIALLY OVER. It was a successful trip any way you slice it—5000 kilometers in six Mexican States, more than 400 bird species identified with 130 “Lifers” for Connie. At a rough estimate, I took 5000-something ... Read more >

Pakistan 1 - Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat Museums etc.

PAKISTAN | Tue, 12 Oct 2021 | By krodin | Views [131]

Pakistan 1: National Museums etc. in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Swat  Arrived in Karachi without any idea of what this trip would bring. I had tried on numerous occasions to travel to Pakistan, but something always came up.  After ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

The Birds and People of Volcan Tocana

MEXICO | Fri, 13 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [130]

THE DAYS BEGIN TO RUN TOGETHER—a different hotel every night, up before dawn, load bags into the SUV, stop for coffee, head out for some morning birding and drive to the next destination. Sometimes we stop for more birding or maybe a quick lunch.... Read more >

Breezing through Bulgaria

BULGARIA | Wed, 10 Nov 2021 | By krodin | Views [120]

Breezing Through Bulgaria Bulgaria is a land filled with mystery and beauty. I traveled to Bulgaria to visit the National Museums of Archeology in various cities in order to learn more about the ancient Thracians and their deities, but was hit with ... Read more >

Tags: cities, history, museums, towns

John Versus the REAL Birders

MEXICO | Fri, 20 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [119]

THE NEARER WE—AND HURRICANE GRACE—got to Merida, the nastier the weather became. It was touch-and-go for a while with heavy rain and tree branches strewn across the road but they were waiting for us at Hotel Meson de Luna. The elevator was ... Read more >

Great Sand Sea and Mountain of the Dead

EGYPT | Sat, 11 Dec 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [118]

THIS SECTION OF THE SAHARA is called the Great Sand Sea. It is so imposing that Camyses, a Persian king of the 6th century BCE, had his army allegedly wiped out by a sandstorm on their march to Siwah. Undeterred, our driver Sarraj zipped our 4X4 around ... Read more >

Luxor—The West Bank

EGYPT | Tue, 30 Nov 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [115]

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DYING TO GO to the West Bank of Luxor for 3500 years. The Valley of the Kings, where the sun seems to set, is where the tombs of Egyptian royalty can be found. And Thebes Hotel is the ideal base to explore ancient sites both near and ... Read more >

Aruba, Curaçao and the DR

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sun, 12 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [114]

MY FIRST CRUISE WAS TEN YEARS AGO—the Atlantic crossing that started these journals. I had no idea what to expect and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas became the standard comparison for other cruise lines. This is the first time we ... Read more >

San Augustín

COLOMBIA | Thu, 9 Dec 2021 | By krodin | Views [112]

Had a short flight from Bogota to Pitalito on Satena, the airlines changed the flight schedule a couple of times, so if you are planning to go to San Augustín make sure you double and triple check the flight times with the airlines. I was met ... Read more >

Tags: archeological sites

Final Exams

MEXICO | Thu, 2 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [111]

I COULD TELL BY THE PARADIDDLE OF STAMPING feet that Connie was having her nose swabbed for the Covid test. The administrator admonished her for squinching up her face on the first try and it was only a tantrum-like stomping that got her through. Well, ... Read more >


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