Return to Kangaroo Island

As spring arrived in Australia, Alexi and I made a spur of the moment decision to spend a weekend in South Australia. And even more on the spur of the moment, we made an ambitious […]


Postcards from Australian Bush – Sugar Gliders

As the darkness falls, Royal National Park transforms into a different world. Flying foxes take to the sky, microbats dart between the crowns of mighty eucalypts, owls hoot from their roosts and frogs break into a […]


Eastern Pygmy Possum

On a recent hike in Royal National Park we came across a possum box and had a quick look inside. To our delight there were two little occupants in the box – Eastern pygmy possums. […]


Australasian grebe

This winter in Sydney has been long and cold, but a few sunny days still fell on the weekend and I managed to get out and about to see how the other critters spent their […]


Escape to Royal National Park

Sydney winter can be quite gloomy at times with weeks of rainy weather on end, plunging the residents of the sunny down under into an equally gloomy mood. Thankfully, there are ample opportunities to enjoy […]


Cats of Istanbul

Istanbul cats are not house cats, nor are they strays. They are members of the community, a quintessential detail in the fabric of the city. While they do not belong to anyone, they seem to […]


Birds of Istanbul

While Istanbul trip was not aimed at finding wildlife, there were enough birds that were impossible to miss. The most obvious birds in Istanbul are the seagulls. Hundreds if not thousands of them circle above the ancient […]


Old streets of Istanbul

One of my favorite things to do in Istanbul was getting lost in a maze of its old streets. Riding a tram to the last stop just to end up in a new and unfamiliar […]


Ottoman Golden Century: the age of Sultan Suleiman

One of the most interesting characters in the Ottoman history was Sultan Suleiman (1520 – 1566).   A true leader, he personally led his army on numerous military conquests, took a hands on approach to all matters of […]


Ottoman Istanbul: Topkapi Palace

Having explored Byzantine Constantinople I could now concentrate on the Ottoman Istanbul. And what is a better place for the introduction to the Ottoman Empire than the Topkapi Palace – the power seat of the sultans from which they […]


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 […]


Wildlife of 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 […]


Wildlife watching adventures at 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 […]