Category Archives: Things to Do

Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan: From Kyzart to Kilemche

From Kyzart through Kilemche: Starry Song Kul Nights Trail in Kyrgyzstan

I have all the components that would make up a terrible trekker.  I am afraid of heights.  I am claustrophobic, which comes into play when trying to stuff me into a tent to sleep.  And all animals distract me, which can be a horrible problem when trekking during spring, and all the baby animals are […]

Best Coffee in Almaty, Kazakhstan: Almaty Cafes You’ll Love

Are you looking for the best coffee in Almaty? This guide has some of the best Almaty cafes to put on your itinerary! When I traveled to Almaty back in the day on my 2013-2014 trip, good coffee was limited.  It was nearly non-existent.  What I have learned about the Kazakh culture capital is that […]

A Travel Guide to Soviet Kharkiv, Ukraine

Derzhprom in Kharkiv, Ukraine from a Soviet Travel Guide to Kharkiv

I remember the moment that I booked that train to Kharkiv from Kyiv’s central station.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I knew I had wanted to head east and Kharkiv just seemed like the obvious option.  I booked my ticket a few weeks in advance on the ‘fast train’, but I never […]

Issyk-Ata: A Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

Issyk-ata Soviet Sanatorium in Kyrgyzstan

My first experience with a Soviet sanatorium was back in Sukhum, Abkhazia in 2013.  I had booked a place on Couchsurfing to stay that ran me $1 (free accommodation was illegal at the time in Abkhazia so the hosts were mandated to charge something) and upon my arrival in the city, I was unable to […]

7 Things to Do in Ruka and Kuusamo, Finland in Winter

Porjolan Pirtti or Santa's Cottage in Lapland, Finland in Kuusamo

My first memories of Lapland trace back to my childhood sitting in geography class learning about the barren and unrelenting landscape of the Nordic north.  I was enthralled and captivated by the cold and the people who could endure such conditions.  After all, I grew up in a place where the summers are so warm […]

Craft Beer Guide to Frankfurt, Germany

Die Bierothek in Frankfurt, Germany

This craft beer guide to Frankfurt was first published in 2016 but is up-to-date as of December 2018. I have spent a decent portion of my life living or traveling within Germany.  It wasn’t until recently that Frankfurt even had a craft beer scene worth mentioning.  To be honest, I find most German beer tasting […]