On the trail of Constantinople

Exploring Byzantine Constantinople in the modern day Istanbul is a fascinating journey of discovering Ancient Rome in the cultural center of the Ottoman Empire, of moving back through time into the deeper layers of the […]


Exploring Istanbul: First impressions

If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. – Napoléon Bonaparte  There are cities in the world that you can love before ever seeing them. For me Istanbul has been such […]


A Weekend in Prague

In January 2016 I had to travel to Moscow for what will probably become my last ever trip home, and to make things a little bit more interesting I decided to spend a weekend in […]


Costa Rica. Last stop: Palo Verde National Park

On my last day in Costa Rica we returned to Guanacaste province since a number of places were closed due to heavy rainfall, we ended up retuning to Palo Verde National Park, coming full circle, back to […]


Costa Rica. Stop 8: Tirimbina & La Selva

Tirimbina Lodge was a pleasant surprise. Tucked inside a protected patch of beautiful rainforest it serves as a research station as much as a lodge. It is home to Costa Rica’s longest suspension bridge that […]


Costa Rica. Stop 7: The Continental Divide and Poas Volcano

We arrived in Sierpe soaked to the bone. Once we changed into dry clothes we jumped into the car and headed for San Jose. It looked a little bit too far for the amount of […]


Sloth acrobatics

On a recent trip to Costa Rica my friends and I had an unexpected encounter with a  Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth that challenged my perception of a sloth as being a clumsy, slow animal. We were […]


Costa Rica. Stop 6: Corcovado National Park – Days 2 & 3

Our second day started with a 4.30am hike to the Sirena River in hopes of seeing tapirs taking a dip in the ocean. The tapirs appeared to have had an earlier swim that day, but […]


Costa Rica. Stop 6: Corcovado National Park – Day 1

We were finally heading to Corcovado and I felt the familiar knot of nervous excitement in the pit of my stomach, as we walked in pre-dawn darkness towards the main street of Drake Bay. Bolivar, […]


Costa Rica. Stop 5: Drake Bay

From Manuel Antonio we headed further south towards Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula. In the dry season Drake Bay can be reached by a dirt road that crosses the mountains and several rivers. But […]


Costa Rica. Stop 4: Manuel Antonio

From the misty mountains of the continental divide we made our way to the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, spotting our first flock of Scarlet Macaws at Playa Hermosa. When we pulled into the […]


Costa Rica. Stop 3: Monteverde

Once the wedding week was finished and most of the guests returned to Canada, the eight of us who were staying for the road trip packed our backpacks, rented a van and set course for […]


Costa Rica. Stop 2: Palo Verde National Park

Despite the busy wedding schedule the three of us: Ruth, Peter (the newlyweds) and I couldn’t stay at the resort all week. We were leaving Guanacaste after the wedding and there wouldn’t be another chance […]


Costa Rica. Stop 1: Riu Guanacaste

This year I finally made my way over the Atlantic Ocean and after a brief stopover in New York spent three weeks exploring Costa Rica. My good friends from Canada decided on a destination wedding on the […]


Cats of Costa Rica

While not considered a wildcat watching destination, Costa Rica is home to six species of wild felines: Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Margay, Oncilla and Jaguarundi. As I am heading to Costa Rica for a friend’s wedding, […]