I Spy the Wine Gods at Work

I Spy the Wine Gods at Work

Waking up this morning I have a smile on my face.  Last night was one of those nights that I revel in when traveling. Maybe it was the wine gods at work. The connection, the conversation, the merging of cultures, even the language barriers.
Fakarava

Nurse sharks scratch their backs in the sand

A quick 1.5hr flight from Tahiti and the crystal clear blue waters of Fakarava came into view. Reefs popping in and out of the water as we passed over the lagoon. We were greeted by the tiniest of airports.
Juggling with Chainsaws

Juggling with Chainsaws

I’m at a cement table, situated about 20 feet from the shore, feet and legs dangling in the 80+ degree water of the Fakarava lagoon. Belly full of poisson cru, beer in hand, swimming suit wet from a recent dip. I literally just took my camera and filmed a nurse shark swimming by the table, without even moving. It’s surreal. 
Stingrays are Raccoons of the Ocean

Stingrays are Raccoons of the Ocean

Whelp. That went fast. We’re closing out a month here in Tahiti, and it feels like it went in about a split second. Perception of time is odd. The first couple of weeks felt like the world had slowed down as we were adjusting to the new schedule, the new location, a new home, and a friendly reminder that not everyone speaks English so you better dust off that french you’d forgotten in Paris.
Life Splunking with a Hand-drawn Map

Life Splunking with a Hand-drawn Map

Well, here we are again. Kicking off another long adventure into the unknown. I’m sitting on a balcony in Mahina, Tahiti, listening to the waves crash on a black sand beach at 5:17 in the morning. The sunrise is just starting to lighten the water and push out the brilliant moonlight with its yellow hue, highlighting the multiple outrigger canoes in their morning exercise routine. Tahiti is our launch pad for the next Great Trip, and we have another few weeks here before moving along.
Internet in New Caledonia.  It’s… rough right now.

Internet in New Caledonia. It’s… rough right now.

Quick thoughts for the day coming at you from Noumea, New Caledonia. It’s 4:41am, and I’m sort of trying to be on the right schedule as I have a meeting tomorrow at 3am local time. It’s not the schedule, though, that has me so worried, as I’ve always been a morning person, but rather the internet connectivity, or rather the lack of it. Frankly, I’m surprised how frustrating it is to be without it. 
A Day In and Around Merthyr Tydfil

A Day In and Around Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil, at the head of the Taff Valley and only 35 minutes from Cardiff, is ideally placed to explore Brecon Beacons National Park but also has some delights of its own.
Sunday Brunching in Bronx’s Riverdale Neighborhood

Sunday Brunching in Bronx’s Riverdale Neighborhood

It’s Sunday morning in New York City and you’re on the hunt for a brunch-worthy restaurant that will wow your taste buds in a neighborhood that also piques your curiosity during a post-brunch stroll. At NYC’s northernmost point, you’ll discover both in Riverdale, one of the city’s best kept secrets and a top culinary scene in the Bronx. 
The Best Coffee in Coeur d'Alene

The Best Coffee in Coeur d'Alene

​ The city of Coeur d’Alene is perhaps best known for its location on the shoreline of Lake Coeur d’Alene, in the northern part of Idaho. The small city is a favorite travel destination for many, whether for swimming and boating in the lake, hiking and climbing any of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains, or engaging with the city's small-town culture.