Celebrating Nooruz (Persian New Year) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Note: this Nooruz post originally published in 2014. Sadly I’m out of town for 2016 festivities, but hopefully next year I’ll be able to catch it in Bishkek or Tashkent or maybe even Tehran? Till then, sprazdnikom nooruz!) As with any holiday worth the title, half … Continue reading
Playing with Penguins in Patagonia: A Visit to Isla Magdalena How to describe Isla Magdalena? Imagine that movie ‘March of the Penguins’, but instead of the remote and hostile shores of Antarctica it’s a chilled out two-hour cruise up the Strait of Magellan from the port town of Punta Arenas. That’s pretty much it. Penguins everywhere, … Continue reading
Hey That’s Me: Features in Kyrgyzstan’s Media Let’s talk, for a moment, about Kyrgyzstan’s media and about me. Big cities are great, wonderful in fact, full of culture and action and people and beautiful moments and hidden secrets. But they are not the places I crave. On those long dark nights when a trip has gone … Continue reading
Skiing in Kyrgyzstan: An Overly-Thorough Guide Skiing in Kyrgyzstan – it doesn’t get a lot of international press, not nearly as much as it should. Kyrgyzstan isn’t necessarily the easiest place to spend winter, and for many I think dreams of Thai beaches and southern-hemisphere summer are often top of mind. While all the snow and ice … Continue reading
Exploring Galveston Island: Houston’s Favorite Beach Town The fourth largest city in the US by population, and the 9th largest in the world by land area. A concrete jungle, a stretch of unbroken cityscape extending for miles and miles in every direction. Sometimes you need a break, and sometimes you need a beach, and unless you want … Continue reading
Cruising the fjords of Patagonia: Bernardo O’Higgins National Park The famed ‘fjords of Patagonia‘ – Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. This is the land of Magellan and pirates and National Geographic documentaries. Towering glaciers and mountains on the far edge of the world, home to dolphins and condors and maybe even the fabled ‘City of the Ceasars’. … Continue reading
A Weekend Of Not Skiing: Kyrgyzstan’s Karakol Ski Base Karakol Ski Base. Everybody says it’s the best. In the country for sure, in the region perhaps. It’s certainly the highest elevation of any in Central Asia, at 3040m. If you’re a skier looking for good runs and comfy hotels for a winter sports trip in Kyrgyzstan, Karakol … Continue reading
Shymbulak – Skiing in Kazakhstan The Shymbulak Ski Resort, high above the city of Almaty and tucked deep into the mountains that stretch beyond the Medeo Ice-Skating Rink, is an area seemingly unknown to outsiders but may well be one of the best spots for snow-sports in all of Central Asia.