Category Archives: Things to Do

Peace and Solitude at Jaipur’s Royal Gaitor Tumbas

Royal Gaitor Tumbas in Jaipur, India

Saying that India has so much to offer is an understatement.  That’s why I struggle to comprehend why people travel there and only see the very most popular tourist sites in the city.  Sure, these places are famous and lure in crowds for a reason, but there are places almost identical to them around every corner. […]

My Failed Trip to Pyramiden in Svalbard

Fact:  I never went to Svalbard to see polar bears.  I actually went to Svalbard to visit Pyramiden, which is an abandoned Soviet mining town on Spitsbergen. Pyramiden is home to the world’s most northern Lenin statue and just houses a unique side of Soviet history- one I am deeply enamored by.  I was very busy with […]

Visiting the Uplistsikhe Cave Complex in Georgia

Close to Gori, Georgia lies the elaborate cave complex called Uplistsikhe.  Uplistsikhe, which literally means “Fortress of the Lord“, sprawls out over around eight hectares (about twenty acres).  It was built in the B.C. times, but the town didn’t reach its height until the 9th – 11th centuries A.D. when more than 20,000 people then […]

What I Did in Battambang, Cambodia (and My Impressions)

Getting there was easy.  Getting out was easy.  But my time spent in Cambodia’s second largest city was anything but a walk in the park for me emotionally. I knew Battambang wasn’t the place in Cambodia where travelers flocked to prior to going there.  But I didn’t truly understand why.  Most travelers do the same […]

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

When I was in Ukraine, I had the opportunity to visit the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev… a museum dedicated to the events on April 26, 1986, and what has transpired since.  My plan when heading to Ukraine was to actually visit Pripyat/Chernobyl itself, but the tours were shut down indefinitely so I had […]