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Expanding to Europe

I've been doing a lot of traveling and am excited to be expanding to Europe on a more frequent basis. I'll be doing a lot of photography and have a particular interest in eastern Europe and its history. I'll still work in the USA but my schedule will be more limited in the future as I will be traveling back and forth. This will be an interesting year.

By |2021-05-06T15:27:39-04:00|World Travel|

This is Africa: Arrival and First Impressions

That was a long series of flights! I took off from Washington Dulles around 10am and flew directly to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. This was a 12 hour flight. Addis Ababa is on the eastern side of Africa, and the first thing I noticed in the airport airport was the number of Chinese tourists. About half of the people there were African, then maybe 35% were Chinese, with some Indian, European, and Americans as the rest. Interesting! So after about a 2 hour layover, I had to fly back to the western side of Africa to Abuja, Nigeria on a 4.5 hour flight. My body was so confused after all the back and forth, I didn’t even know what time or day it was when I arrived at Abuja because I had been through so many timezones! Here is a photo arriving into Ethiopia :) Isn't the engine cool? On the tarmac in Ethiopia. Loved walking out and getting

By |2021-05-06T15:27:48-04:00|World Travel|

Running the Mad Dash in Belgrade, Serbia

It was a lovely spring day in Belgrade. I found Belgrade to be so quiet, calm, and peaceful. And very clean and beautiful. Also had all these intriguing soviet vestiges. One thing I did notice here though were all the refugees sleeping in parks. When I first got off the train and was walking trying to find the hostel, I was walking through a park and noticed all these blankets strewn about everywhere. On a second look, I realized that people were sleeping in them. I wasn't expecting it so I was a little surprised but it took a second to see that these folks were all refugees and I almost felt a little rude walking through the park as I didn't want to disturb them. Below is a photo of one of the parks. Near the station there were a few parks and the other ones were even more full. When the hostel told me there wasn't any room

By |2021-05-06T15:28:01-04:00|World Travel|

Exploring Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia was a nice, peaceful place. Very Soviet and a lot of eastern orthodox elements there. Compared to Istanbul, Sofia seemed nearly deserted as the population of Istanbul rivals places like Delhi, India or some big cities in China. Lots of people there, so Sofia was very laid back, chill and relaxed. It was a breath of fresh air :) I took an overnight train/bus from Istanbul (bus to the Bulgarian border then train to Sofia) and I didn't get much sleep at all because I was talking with the other passengers. We had some really interesting guys from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, a guy from Romania, and some others. It was just us and at like 2am we were all sitting in one train car right after we crossed the border. The lights were on and the train wasn't moving. Maybe the conductor was still sleeping or something because we had just gone through the checkpoint, climbed on the train

By |2021-05-06T15:28:31-04:00|World Travel|

Surviving a Suicide Bombing Attack

It was early Saturday morning in Istanbul when a blast went through the air. We were out by the popular Sultanahmet square which is at the center of the historic part of Istanbul. I was with friends from Croatia and my good Turkish friend Ozzy (Uzman). Ozzy worked at the hostel we were staying at and we were giving a tour to our friends from Croatia. I had been in Instanbul for weeks and after getting familiar with all the sights, I would go with Ozzy and show Istanbul to the new friends that would arrive at the hostel. Below, here we are with the Croatian group around the same time that the explosion happened with Ozzy on the far left. It was a cloudy morning but I knew something was very wrong when Ozzy got a call. It was a suicide bombing on a popular tourist spot. In fact, we had been there just hours ago. Because it's usually

By |2021-05-06T15:28:46-04:00|World Travel|

Istanbul: The Heart of the Ottoman Empire

Spent several weeks in Istanbul. It's such a huge city and so many people! It's quite incredible. I had never been in a mosque before and here there were mosques in just about every corner! Of course, it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire so they had some of the most distinguished mosques here too. This is the Hagia Sofiya, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and was originally built by Constantine before the Ottomans transformed it into a mosque. The details inside the mosque are quite impressive! Here we have Byzantine art in the Hagia Sofiya mosque. It's been turned into a museum now so people can freely visit it. Night view, I think this is the New Mosque from one of the bridges in Istanbul. Follow me on Instagram @joesadventures for more photos from my trip!

By |2021-05-06T15:29:02-04:00|World Travel|

Ephesus: The Ancient Capital of Asia Minor

Traveling through Turkey, we stopped by Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor. It was incredible walking through the ruins and seeing just how much emphasis the Romans put into architecture, sculpture, their columns and temples. Truly a spectacular sight! Sadly, I lost nearly all of my images of my Turkey and Israel trip due to a damaged hard drive. These photos I had copied to my parent's laptop. They came with me for this part of the trip! Ephesus in its heyday must have been rather spectacular. Walking through the ruins, we were able to get just a glimpse as to what the city was like. This city used to be a port city but the ocean receded. Along with powerful earthquakes that destroyed large parts of the city, the fact that it was no longer a port city was part of the reason why people left. Here is the theater, which was their form of television. Can

By |2021-07-24T09:09:54-04:00|World Travel|

Israel: Visiting the Holy Land

I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel! It was an incredible experience. It was particularly special because my parents also came along as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration :) We toured the Holy Land and learned a lot about history, wars, conflicts, and why there's so much turmoil in the Middle East. The photo above is a sunrise over the Dead Sea. Swimming in it felt like swimming in oily water, almost had like a sticky film to it because of the salt. But it was pretty cool, of course I had to taste it a little bit to see just how salty it was. And yes it was super salty! We stayed in a hotel with this as our view. An amazing experience! Ceaseara was a port city built to honor Caesar by King Herod. Of course, he was crafty politician so he needed to kiss up if he wanted to stay in good terms with

By |2021-05-06T15:29:54-04:00|World Travel|

Adventures in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina

We arrived in the evening. The bus ride was actually quite nice and the scenery was just amazing! Bosnia is a really beautiful country. Reminded me of Bolivia, Virginia and Pennsylvania all mixed into one. The mountains were beautiful, the roads were very smooth, and the views were just amazing. Anyway, we finally arrived only to find out that the bus station was not actually in Sarajevo! So during the trip I had been talking to my two Italian friends (in my previous post I explained how we barely made it on the bus and the bus driver was just being mean and we weren't able to communicate with him) Usually everyone is so nice but this guy was just not in a good mood or something. Anyway, getting on the bus in Belgrade I was hot, sweaty, hadn't shaved in a couple of days and was generally a mess. I had run the mad dash trying to find an

By |2021-05-06T15:30:46-04:00|World Travel|
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