Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal: Horseback Rides, Freshly Roasted Corn on the Cob & Kalashnikovs

By Mary Kay Seales "In 2015 Chennai was named the "hottest" city (worth visiting, and worth living in for long term) by the BBC, citing the mixture of both modern and traditional values." What were they thinking?  I don't like to diss any place that is not my home because I am a visitor. How… Continue reading Marina Beach on the Bay of Bengal: Horseback Rides, Freshly Roasted Corn on the Cob & Kalashnikovs

Choose your cave wisely

Guest blog post from  LJUBICICAMESOZDERKA

Here’s something new for the climbers out there! Stark beauty, ice blue, bold spirit!

Winter time brings Iceland to my mind. I’ve been writing about remarkable ice caves in Iceland. Since then, I’ve discovered there is a new sport perfectly suited for these caves – ice climbing. It requires strength and technique of a sport climber, but it is performed on ice with an ice axe and crampons.

I’ve visited glacier and it is a stunning place. Even on a perfect day, it is still dangerous. It is not recommended to go of track at any point since you can not know where ice and snow is sleekly and if it is going to collapse. On a perfect day, with no desire to get in trouble, it is still necessary to wear belt and ice axe and, of course, crampons because without them there is no way anyone can walk on glacier safely.

Now imagine you are going to enter the ice cave and…

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Swimming to Italy: Finding my happy place on the French Riviera

My French Riviera is about hiking along winding coastal trails with a backdrop of the blue, blue Mediterranean Sea. My Riviera is about getting dripping hot from a 5-mile hike with the sun beating down. Finally getting to the next little beach where I can shed my shoes and my shorts, and jump into the salty, perfectly cool, aqua-blue water of the Côte d’Azur.

Camino de Santiago: Walking the Pilgrim Trail

Guest Post by Peter Klika "The "Peregrinos" (pilgrims) come from all over the globe. Some walk for religious reasons, some for self reflection, and some for the challenge. It's not important why you walk, only that you keep your heart and eyes open all the way." I'm on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a… Continue reading Camino de Santiago: Walking the Pilgrim Trail