There are 19 species of penguins living in the southern hemisphere, and don’t ask me which kind of penguins are the cutest – they are all equally cute! On my recent trip to the Chilean Magallanes region, I was presented with two options: seeing the king penguins on Tierra del Fuego, or the magellanic penguins in Magdalena Island. But this is the second time I am visiting penguins. I can’t help but to compare them with their close relatives, the Cape penguins in Cape Town, South Africa.Read more "Penguins, penguins everywhere!"
Torres del Paine is one of the most breathtaking places on earth. The five day W-Circuit is awe-inspiring and full of surprises in every corner. Weather was unpredictable, the tour company was fantastic, and I would come back in a heartbeat.Read more "Torres del Paine"
The Cuban people are beautiful, sophisticated, and they are extremely kind and welcoming to visitors like me. Everyone in Havana is an artist, painter, musician, poet and dancer. The spiritual world of this island is extremely rich, and that is the secret of a happy nation, not defined by fortune, but by its culture, energy, and a collective belonging.Read more "¡Viva la Cuba!"
We did a safari at the amazing Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The whole trip lasted 5 days, with visits to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu, and the great Serengeti plain. There were many migration animals, antelopes, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeests that we have spotted, but no beast (except the mighty elephants) can generate the kind of […]Read more "The Lion Kings and Queens"
And then, the total eclipse happened. We crossed from a cloudless, hot, lovely Pacific Northwest August morning to the chilling night within a matter of seconds. It is one of the most magical moments I have ever experienced, one that cannot be described by words. – Corvallis, Oregon. August 21, 2017.Read more "Oregon Total Solar Eclipse"
I feel really lucky and grateful living in Africa (sometime). On a weekend, I can take a 3.5 hours direct flight from Ethiopia to the Seychelles, and spend two whole days on the empty beach, snorkeling, drinking coconut, eating grill fish, and lazing around. The tiny Indian Ocean island country is truly a quiet, hidden paradise, […]Read more "She Sells Seashells by the Seashore in Seychelles"
Last month I was in Marrakech, Morocco for a week to attend an international conference. This is my first time visiting Morocco, a country that was on my to-go list for a long time. I have a lot of expectations about Morocco and wished to see the country’s many famous cities: Casablanca, Fez, Chefchaouen, and […]Read more "How to Survive 48 C/118 F Heat in Marrakech"