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…

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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…

Day 124: Morocco Part 3-Marrakesh to Essaouria

Computer hacker Roman Seleznev was already on the run. As the son of an influential Russian politician, he had committed credit card fraud in 2008 against the Atlanta company 'RBS Worldplay' and was suspected of cybercrimes all over the world. In all, he defrauded over 3,000 financial institutions and was suspected of skimming millions of…

Day 108: Under the Moroccan Sky

"Honey, slow down! You're scaring me!" Lisa said. "I'm only going 60 km per hour. It's like 40 miles per hour back home!" I replied. "Yes, but the speed limit is 40 and there are tight turns here. I'm sliding all around my seat and hitting the window!" "Exactly! We could drive the speed limit…

Day 102: Kenya-Roads Less Travelled

After a month in Tanzania, we left to explore its northern neighbor, Kenya. We boarded an 'Impala Shuttle' at 7:30 and drove 2 hours to the Namanga border crossing north of Arusha. We had filed for e-visas a month before but were assiduously checked by the agents to make sure we had yellow fever vaccinations…

Day 70: Tanzania Part 1- Dar Es Salaam

Arriving at Julius Nyerere International airport at 2:00 in the morning announced we had made it to the great continent. Whereas in Europe where you can time your watch by the train schedule, the pace at which how and when things get done in Africa changes largely by the ebb and tide of people's moods…