“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” - Martin Buber

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark

Articles for those who travel curiously, whether by foot or armchair.

Ralf Roletschek

“Time and tide wait for no man…For though we sleep, or wake, or roam, or ride, the time will fly; it will pause for no man. ” – Geoffrey Chaucer Ninety million birds commute to their wintering grounds via the East Atlantic Flyway. In summer, they inhabit the Arctic regions from eastern Canada to central […]

“If asked which words one associated with the Sahara, only the most dedicated surrealist might be expected to offer ‘whale’.” – Eamonn Gearon Wadi Al-Hitan, or Whale Valley, is a windswept desert floor stippled with sandstone knobs. The eroding wind has revealed a concentration of hundreds of intact, prehistoric whale fossils. Some fossils have preserved their stomach […]

Lake Baikal

“It reflects like an optical instrument and responds to changes in the weather so sensitively that it seems like a part of the sky rather than of the land.” – Ian Frazier No one rolls deeper than Vladimir Putin. At least that’s the pitch of a marketing campaign that took him to the floor of Lake […]

The Eruption of Surtsey

“Despite the extreme youth of the growing island, we now encounter a landscape so varied that it is almost beyond belief.” – Sigurdur Thorarinsson Volcanoes usually mean a scalding blanket of lava and nowhere to run. Rarely are they considered fountains of creation, as is the case with Surtsey, a newcomer among volcanic islands produced by an eruption in […]

julian rejas de castro 2

“Give him an offering, my lady, for there is not greater tragedy than that of the blind man in Granada.” – Allegedly said to a woman upon passing a Granadino street beggar Granada has a knack for hanging on to transients, and with good reason. Though most flock to the the airy Moorish palace on the hill, the city keeps plenty more charm in store in […]


“Not to know what happened before you were born is to be a child forever.” – Cicero With over 1000 World Heritage Sites to date and many of them situated in the far-flung corners of the globe, the thought of touring them all is daunting for even the most tenacious of jet-setters and wayfarers. To […]