Category: Exploring

Red Sea

Wrapping up in Aqaba

We had already spent a great week around Jordan and were looking forward to spending a couple of relaxing days at the Red Sea in Aqaba. Nested in between Saudi Arabia (not sure how much fun a beach vacation would be there) and a narrow stretch of Israel, Aqaba is...

Wadi Rum

In the Desert at Wadi Rum

After soaking in lots of history in Petra, we drove south along the Desert Highway towards Wadi Rum. Wadi is Arabic for valley or ravine. This particular Wadi is know for its Mars-like landscape, which is why for example the move The Martian was filmed here. After showing your ticket...

Royal Tombs

Petra

From Ma’in Hot Springs, we drove south towards Kerak Castle. One of the longer and more scenic drives we had on our trip (known as the King’s Highway). Built in the 12th century, Kerak Castle is one of the largest castles in the Levant by the crusaders.  Kerak is also...

Roman Theatre

Wandering around Amman

Most international visitors to Jordan are likely to fly into Amman (there is a small international airport by the Red Sea in Aqaba and another option across the border in Israel). We arrived at the lovely hour of 2am. While not ideal to start your vacation, the upside was that...

Unwinding at the Beach: Koh Lipe

From Chiang Rai we flew to Southern Thailand’s capital Hat Yai. When going to Koh Lipe you kind of have to go through Hat Yai and unless you land early, you’ll probably end up spending a night there.   We had not read too many raving reviews or reports on...

Chengdu: Gateway to the Panda

Our first stop on our trip was Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, known for its spicy food and pandas. And if it wasn’t for the pandas, we probably would not have stopped here. But once we decided to visit, we started looking into what the city has to offer...

A long weekend way up north – Levi, Lappland / Finland

My bucket list contains to a large extent travel related items. One of those has been seeing the Northern Lights. To get a decent chance at seeing them you need to a) travel far up north b) during winter and c) have lots of either luck or patience. We wanted...

Georgia: the capital of Tbilisi

After the beautiful scenery of Northern Georgia around Stepantsminda and tasting the countries wine in the Khaketi region, we were ready for our last stop. The capital city of Tbilisi. We had seen photos online of the buildings the government has been constructing over the last years and they looked...

Gran Canaria: Las Palmas & conclusion

The week long trip was already nearing its end as we approached our final stop, the capital of Las Palmas. With about 380’000 inhabitants, the city is Spain’s 9th largest and the biggest in the Canary Islands. It boasts one of Europe’s largest city beaches, the Playa de Las Canteras.   ...

Gran Canaria: the northern coast

After a somewhat disappointing experience exploring the overly touristy southern coast, we were looking forward to driving to the north which supposedly doesn’t have as beautiful beaches but also not mass tourism to the extent you find it in the south. The super modern highway doesn’t go all the way...