After stumbling upon the paradise that is the Coralli Restaurant, we explored the ancient acropolis of Lindos, where we made a new donkey friend, before heading to Butterfly Valley, where Zack did not make a new German friend.
Call it the "Anthony Bourdain" syndrome, but we're always happy to pack as much adventure into a layover as we can.
I blame Gwyneth Paltrow.
I'd always wanted to visit Istanbul, that ancient seat of declining Roman dominance. That gateway to conquest for Persians, Turks, Muslims, and Christians alike. That historical terminus of the iconic Orient Express Railway. That fabled and vibrant modern metropolis that bridges the Bosphorus and reaches between worlds to join Asia to Europe. And here we were.
Of all the places I traveled as a kid, Greece was at once both the most memorable and the most regrettable. Memorable because of the rugged natural beauty, fascinating culture, and contagious congeniality of the Greek people. Those recollections that live in snapshots viewed through the fog of youth grown old. Leaning into the relentless headwind as we tried and failed to make port in Mykonos. An inappropriate joke told at the oracle site in Delphi. The smile of an olive-eyed Greek girl passing by on the pier. Regrettable because, at the time, I appreciated none of it.
With all travel, doing your research and using common sense can help you stay safe when you travel. Here are a couple of our favorite resources for straight up facts about every country you might want to visit.
Prior to this adventure, I don't know that I could've found Bonaire on a map. I knew it was in the Caribbean, but how many island nations are there in that part of the world?
Angela booked our adventure to Mumbai while we were in the car on a road trip. I didn't really understand what she was doing at the time. We often play the "where in the world" game while driving, and I honestly hadn't given India much thought as a potential travel destination until she announced that the tickets were bought. When I informed friends and coworkers that our next trip would be to India, the resounding response was an incredulous, "Why?" When I began planning the trip, the question that kept tickling my brain was, "Why *not* India?" It was never previously on my radar. Why was that? What had kept me from researching an expat life in this most beautiful, ancient, exotic country? Why was India a place I was reluctant to explore? In short, what did I fear?
Honduras is a wonderful, tropical vacation destination ... if you know what you're getting into before you visit. Many tourists who visit Honduras stay on Roatán, an island in the Caribbean about 40 miles off the coast of the mainland. It's known for its beaches and for diving along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest barrier reef in the world.
Some people find it strange that we eat so much seafood on our dive trips. After all, if you're swimming with Dory, you might find it a bit difficult to have her for dinner. However, we believe in eating fresh, local food whenever possible, and if the diving is good in a particular locale, then the seafood is generally pretty good as well. On our recent dive trip in Roatán, this was definitely the case. We enjoyed sensational calamari at Land's End Resort, delicious lobster at Argentinian Grill, and amazing fish tacos at Ginger's Caribbean Grill. You know what else was amazing? The cocktails. From frozen margaritas and fresh mojitos to local favorites like the Monkey La La, these icy treats definitely help you beat the tropical heat and humidity.