Travel to Albania: the mysterious pillboxes of a paranoid past

We’re traveling through Albania’s remarkably diverse landscape. We very slowly drive up and up horrendous roads with pencil-thin cliff ledges through the cold snow-capped Albanian Alps, then down and down and along gently rolling scrubby panoramas, then to the hot shores of the Adriatic Sea. We notice many expensive Mercedes-Benz vehicles on the rutted roads …

Visit to North Macedonia: Tracing Mother Teresa’s childhood wanderings through the streets of Skopje

We came to Skopje, the capital of what is now called North Macedonia, in early morning with cold dew drops still dotting all surfaces. This was to be an attempt to see the city as Mother Teresa saw her birthplace. Though of Albanian descent, the woman who would become St. Teresa of Calcutta was born …

Captivated by Croatia: yes, it looks just like ‘Game of Thrones’

Croatia has a stunningly beautiful coastline with cities like Dubrovnik and Split that are well worth a visit. But I’ve got to say, this was a country where the people we encountered were not overly warm – at least they weren’t to us. We kind of pride ourselves in meeting, engaging and befriending locals. It’s …

The Beauties of Bulgaria: traveling the land of the well-shod women

Here’s what struck me most in Sofia, Bulgaria: shoe stores. Shoe stores. Shoe stores. Shoe stores. We have never even imagined seeing so many shoe stores in such close proximity. We thought at first we just happened to be in the shoe store district. But no. As we moved further, we saw that every district …

Visit to Argentina: reminder of the Mothers of the Disappeared

So there we were, tooling around Buenos Aires, stuffing ourselves at phenomenal parrilla (Argentine steakhouses), shopping for incredibly affordable custom-made leather jackets, and drinking beers as big as our heads. We were touring beautiful and unusual cathedrals, loving the legendary soccer culture and buying the nephews Lionel Messi shirts. We saw Evita’s balcony and the …