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Photo Highlights of Iran: from Persian Architecture to Outstanding Hospitality

The Zagros Mountain in western Iran

Mention Iran and many think of burkha-clad women, burning flags and war. But these stereotypes can’t be further from the truth. For those who are curious and open to new discoveries, Iran is packed full of surprises. It is a relatively safe country to visit and there’s so much to see and do in terms [...]

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The Gates to Hell — Darvaza Gas Craters in Turkmenistan

Darvaza burning gas crater by day

In the middle of the Karakum Desert, a roaring fire burns from deep beneath us, its flames dancing in the darkness taunting and teasing us. The walls of the oval crater drop vertically down into the abyss of fire — one careless step and you may well be on your way to hell. They named [...]

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Bukhara — Uzbekistan’s Holiest or Most Touristy City?

The dome of Mir-i-Arab medressa

With a history spanning a thousand years, Bukhara is dubbed Central Asia’s holiest city by many publications including Lonely Planet. As part of my Silk Road journey with Oasis Overland, we spent some time in Bukhara, learning about its history and much revered architectural marvels. The collection of medressas, minarets and mosques was outstanding and [...]

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Uzbekistan’s Architectural Marvels — Best in the Muslim World

A dome in Samarkand

Prior to this Silk Road trip, I had seen photos of Uzbekistan’s monuments and I knew they were beautiful — but I had no idea of the extent and the sheer scale of it all. As my trip unveiled, Uzbekistan is home to some of the Muslim world’s best display of architecture, featuring grandiose gates, intricate [...]

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Exploring Kazakhstan’s Wilderness: Hiking in Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

Gorgeous, accessible mountains in Aksu Zhabagly

Kazakhstan may be known for its oil and the antics of the pseudo-Kazakh Borat, but few people are aware of the wilderness that covers a large part of the country. Last week, as part of my overlanding trip through Central Asia with Oasis Overland, we spent two nights camping out in the Aksu-Zhabagly nature reserve [...]

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A Photo Essay from Mongolia — The Land of the Blue Sky

An outstanding sunset on the grasslands

Traditional gers dot the vast steppes while sand dunes rise from empty deserts and snowcapped mountains loom over lush green grasslands: Mongolia is packed with so much pristine natural beauty that few other countries can rival. Every turn on the road reveals a different landscape, be it a hill of colors after emerging from parched [...]

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Death-Defying Extreme Adventures: Are You Brave Enough?

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Skydiving, bungee jumping, canyon swings. Been there, done that. But what about rock-climbing or sleeping in a tent a few thousand meters above ground? Or white-water kayaking off a ferocious waterfall? Or abseiling into a deep crater? We’ve found some death-defying adventures that will test even the most hardened traveler out there. These extreme adventures [...]

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Exploring our Backyard: Granada, Spain

The Alhambra

I’ve realized that we hardly write about our home base Granada here — perhaps it’s because we’re so familiar with it that we sometimes forget how beautiful it can be. It’s been almost four years since we’ve called Granada home, I think it’s time to shed some light on our life here in southern Spain. Entrenched [...]

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Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in [...]

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Brazil in Photos: Waterfalls, Beaches, Street Art and Carnaval

Walking towards the Iguassu Falls

Over the last three weeks, I’ve been exploring the southern part of Brazil with G Adventures, discovering quite a bit of what the country has to offer. We traveled from the colonial fishing town of Paraty where we island-hopped (and drank too much caipirinhas) and feasted on fresh-from-the-sea fish, before finding our way to the earth-shattering waterfalls of Iguassu that’s so massive it straddles two countries. From there, [...]

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Colors of the Tibetan Prayer Flags

Prayer flags made into the shape of a stupa

On my recent trip to Nepal and Bhutan, I was truly captured by the colorful and vibrant Tibetan Buddhist architecture — their prayer wheels, the intricate carvings on their stupas, their regal fortresses, and most of all, their prayer flags. It’s hard to miss them. They’re everywhere. Strung from one tree to another, erected on a [...]

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Flying Over the Fjords of Tufi, Papua New Guinea

A view of the fjords from the air

For such a massive and diverse country like Papua New Guinea, the best way to see it is from above. Only by taking to the skies can you truly understand the geography and terrain of the island nation. On this trip, I had the opportunity to fly to the northeastern corner of mainland Papua New [...]

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Faces of Gambia

Friendly Gambian

When I think back about Gambia, my mind goes straight to the people. Their warm smiles. Their friendly greetings and their genuine hospitality. It may be cliché to say “it’s the people who make a place” but my experience in Gambia was truly shaped by the people I met along the way. Everywhere I went, I [...]

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2013: Our Year in Photos

Sleeping in an igloo in Switzerland

It’s that time of the year again — a time to stop, look back and reflect. 2013 has been a year full of milestones, of opportunities and of personal achievements for me. I published my first book, kept WildJunket Magazine going, became an aunt and celebrated our fifth blogiversary. Most importantly, this year I finally [...]

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Bhutan in Photos: from Lofty Mountains to Magnificent Fortresses and Happy People

The tallest mountain in Bhutan

Of all the 78 countries I’ve visited, none of them have captured me as much as Bhutan did. Here’s why: Entrenched within mighty mountain chains and surrounded by Buddhist myths and legends, Bhutan still remains shrouded in mystery. Having only opened its doors to international tourists in 1974, the country has come a long way in terms of [...]

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