Day 181: Jordan- More than Petra

"With all the conflict nearby, Jordan has been a real uniting country for the region." Our friend Vaughn said while driving us to a Wadi for a day hike just outside of Amman. "You have Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the south with Israel to the west of…

Day 170: Thanksgiving in Cyprus

Cyprus is the forlorn lovechild between Greece and Turkey. In 1974, Turkey invaded northern Cyprus as a deterrent to a coup supported by the Greeks and the island has since been effectively partitioned off into two separate territories with each country having a claim to the land either north or south of the jagged 'Green…

Day 156: Egypt-Older than Time

I now know the significance of the phrase: "Balls like a Cairo taxi driver." Driving in Cairo is more like living through a scene from 'Mad Max' where everyone is escaping near death on a daily basis in a post apocalyptic dust cloud of dented cars and trash lined roadways. Lanes are completely optional. If…

Day 148: From the Nothing Springs Dubai

"20 years ago, there was nothing here." Saaid, our Uber driver told me. "Like, which buildings, do you mean?" I asked looking out over the vast expanse of development and construction projects. "All of them." The rampant rise of turning a desert into a booming world economy that is hosting the World Expo next year…

Day 144: The Middle East Starts in Oman

The middle east has always captivated us. Growing up in America, you are practically conditioned to be afraid of the region. As a child of the 80's and 90's, I got a quick synopsis of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in 'Western Civilizations' class in high school, but 9/11 was the coffin nail to the…

Day 136: Big Things in Tiny Malta

Sometimes the littlest things can have a big impact. A pawn can force a checkmate, the small keystone keeps the integrity of the bridge, and a small island in the Mediterranean can serve as a tactical and strategic bastion of war for over two millennia. The tiny island of Malta is such a place. Inhabited…

Day 131: The Canary Islands- Tenerife

We met our friends 'The Macs' at the airport in Tenerife South after a much needed layover in Lisbon. It was great being back in Europe (and one of our favorite cities in the world) and we celebrated by a Mexican food feast in Lisbon with chips and guacamole, burritos and margaritas. We snagged a…