7 Instant Ideas for Weekend Adventure

I still maintain that it takes a lot less money than you might imagine to hop around the world, but what it definitely does take is TIME. So when you don’t have that slippery commodity of time to lounge about on the beaches of Brazil or ride horses in Portugal, when you’ve got only the weekend to play with, what CAN you do to satiate … Continue reading 7 Instant Ideas for Weekend Adventure

Beyond Dubai’s Glitz and Glamour

“It’s a desert with two big malls in it. You won’t like it.” Before visiting, my impression of Dubai was based only on these comments from a couple friends who had already been there. Once I arrived, I realized that the city does a damn good job to erase the idea that you’re really just in the middle of the desert. Still, that fact had … Continue reading Beyond Dubai’s Glitz and Glamour

Memories of Ukraine

Today, in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day, I’m taking a look back on a trip to Ukraine in the summer of 1999…. The drive from Borispol airport to Tyotya (aunt) Clara’s apartment deep inside Kiev–in the same building where my mother had grown up–was speedy. This was thanks to our driver, who traveled well over the speed limit. Somehow, we were comfortable on this cramped … Continue reading Memories of Ukraine