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Surviving the Mayhem of Marrakech

Marrakech, one of the original Imperial Moorish citadels and today the fourth largest city in Morocco, sprawls out as a gateway to the foothills of the magnificent, snow-capped Atlas Mountain ranges. Famed for its 19th century, Moorish red walls, today, it is home to over 900,000 people. At its heartRead More

Cats, Columns and The Colosseum – A DAY IN ROME

Welcome to Rome I stepped out of the arrivals terminal and was greeted by a swish of the cool breeze that also carried a cloud of rapid-fire Italian. Stepping lightly past a young couple muttering into a map, I checked the time: 11:00 pm. “Figures,” I sighed. Rewind about forty-fiveRead More

My Parisian Debut – Midday to Midnight from a First Timer’s Perspective

The clock had just struck noon as we stepped out of our Parisian apartment and began our stroll towards the Metro station. The sun was glowing, high in the sky while light, warm winds played through the tops of trees that lined the city boulevards. We were late. Our plansRead More

Bordeaux, The Pearl of Aquitaine

The wind rustled through my hair as we began to cross the famous Pont de Pierre of Bordeaux. My head was throbbing, whirling through a world of its own, thrilled! Two hours earlier we had crossed the border from Spain to France, rumbling across the bumpy tar road in ourRead More

DAY 17: New Neighbours

My hair hung in limp clumps, escaping the loose hold of my bedazzled cap. The sun beat down upon us like Mongolian Tatars transcending the barrier of time to ruthlessly round up their victims. We struggled up the steep hills of the hectic highway, zigging and zagging from left toRead More

DAY 14: Sand Storms, Sea Spray and the Sanctuary of Santa Cruz de Bezana

I smiled in delight as my family and I waded into the crystal cold lapping waters that surrounded the buzzing city of Santander. I loved surprises and the stunning beach that had magically appeared from around the Camino de Santiago’s sandy bend was a perfect one. We had dropped ourRead More

Journey to the Living Descendants of the INCAS – Final

There I was, standing at 5200 meters (17,000 Feet) in altitude at the top the Peruvian Andes, the Apus / Father Mountains, embracing me with their radiant warmth. The cold wind whipped through my hair though, and I sucked in large gulps of air to get oxygen. Looking behind meRead More

Lady of Liberty in New York City

The setting sun’s final blood-red glows reflected on the heaving ultramarine waters of The Hudson River. From the very edge of the horizon, a faint torch glow lit up the banks of a distant island. The ferry moved in a swift rhythm, at one with the churning white foam ofRead More

Every Journey Begins With a Single Step

I am so glad that we took our first step without forgetting our passports! The last time we stood in line to check-in for our flight to Los Angeles (almost 2 years before), when the attendant asked my mother for the passports… you guessed it… they were 60 km awayRead More