Just finished a takeover of @germanywriters, sharing some highlights from my trip along the Mosel. There was food, wine, and of course, trails. Head over to @germanywriters for more pictures as I work on some words. Also follow so you can see @erinehm show off Heidelberg over the next week!
I’ve gotten to work on a number of projects throughout my life that, to me, defy logic and likelihood. But this one just might take the cake. Thanks to @agrecofarms, @kathrin_ax, and the rest of the @cretapalacegrecotel staff for making this shoot for @rafael_b and me a breeze. Everyone else, stay tuned to @trivago Magazine for an exclusive look at @grecotel’s ‘Be A Farmer For A Day’ experience. 📸 @rafael_b
Not the most challenging hike, but certainly some of the most impressive views I’ve seen in a long while. This sparingly-marked trail is in Archanes just south of Heraklion. One recording of this hike called it “Zeus’ Grave.” The mythology does say he was born here, but still trying to confirm if this is really where he was supposedly buried. I ultimately assume not, because he must have a massive grave and I didn’t see any lighting bolt tombstones.
Lit a candle for Yiayia (acquired by way of @melanielbaur) in this tiny chapel at the Fortezza in Rethymno, Crete. She knew I traveled a lot and always told me, “You should go to Greece. You need to go to Greece.” Wish I could chat with her about this trip as she squeezed my forearm, like she did whenever she told me about her travels back to the motherland.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of hearing Jumana’s story for an editorial and video project coming to @trivago Magazine. Jumana is an Iraqi refugee in Vienna by way of Syria working at the @magdas_hotel along with refugees of 14 other nationalities, speaking 23 languages among them. Good luck finding someone as sweet, funny, kind-hearted, open, and quietly brave as her. Anyone feeling down about the state of the world need only to spend an afternoon with Jumana. I look forward to sharing more of her story and I’m thankful to her for taking the time to tell me about her journey, her dreams, and why not to trust pizza from the train station. Stay tuned.
Seems like there’s always a different trail to hike here in Germany. Even better, I just found out about the existence of buses-und-bahnen.nrw.de, which helps you plan hikes around public transport connections. Yesterday I put it to the test with a day-hike on the Bergischer Weg. Suffice it to say, I think I found my new favorite tool in the Interwebs.
Travel is a privilege in and of itself, so it’s especially rare that someone finds themselves with an invitation to travel a foreign country with a local over a week’s time. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the past week traveling in Tunisia with a small group led by someone born and raised in the North African country. We saw where he spent his childhood summers on the island of Kerkennah, to Hammamet where half of Tunis goes to escape the heat for a weekend, and finally to the hilly streets outside of the medina in Tunis where he grew up. I’ll remain forever grateful for this truly unique experience, for how it’s once again opened my eyes to a misunderstood corner of the world, and how it’s reinvigorate my own efforts to share these special moments with others.