The Scooter Diaries

I have a love-hate relationship with scooters. I had never had any interest in riding a motorcycle back home, as a driver or  passenger. I didn't get the thrill and wasn't keen on being flattened like a pancake. This is the story of our adventure with motorbikes, featuring international destinations, action, self-doubt and more. A truly coming of age type of story...

Cappadocia: Balloons, Baskets & Baloney

It's impossible to Google best travel destination or most beautiful travel destination and NOT see a picture of the balloons soaring over the extreme marvelous landscapes of Goreme (Cappadocia). You immediately look to see where it is. Turkey, that's where. It seems like everyone, and anyone who calls themselves a "traveller" has a picture on Instagram. I'm not sure if it’s a bucket list thing, but recently, I've been seeing more and more photos. And I have a bit of a problem with that. I see the baloney. You see, when we went in October, we assumed, oh it is low...

Istanbul is full of surprises

To be honest, I am wildly naïve and ignorant about this part of the world. The closest thing I have experienced to a Muslim country is our short and slightly cushy trip to Morocco a few years back. It was a culture shock then, and I was bracing myself for it here. I was waiting for the city to overwhelm me, to overtake the senses and make me want to crawl into a ball with my eyes closed and my hands over my ears. Like I said, I was ignorant. With my mind full of media stories and warnings from friends,...