There’s no official nickname for hardcore Game of Thrones fans, but a common joke is to simply call them “masochists.” I suppose that label fits me both as a fan and as a person attempting to visit Iceland’s Thrones filming locations without a guide.
When you get your first glimpse of the glowing Mount Nyiragongo lava lake, the rain, the hail, the cold, the sweat, the altitude, the jet lag, the expense, and the throbbing pain in your knee all suddenly seem worth it. It’s a view like no other on Earth. With somewhere between 3 and 5 million... Continue Reading →
When the air temperature is 33°F and the water temperature is 35°F, you may as well go swimming. In a small parking lot inside Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Lisa and I awkwardly squirmed into our drysuits inside our rental car. Standing outside in the freezing wind to put the suits on was simply not... Continue Reading →
Thirty million years ago the sea that once covered Egypt's Western Desert retreated and revealed a landscape full of limestone and chalk formations, which have been shaped by the sand and wind over time into fantastic white sculptures. And you can camp among them! A number of companies run tours to Egypt’s White Desert; after... Continue Reading →
My girlfriend didn't understand why I had a minor freak out when she left my camera bag unguarded while we were taking a photo in front of a waterfall in Iceland. She didn't realize there was an engagement ring hidden inside. For several months, my brother, a jewelry maker, collaborated with me secretly on creating a... Continue Reading →