Author - Bill Wiatrak

It’s the Biggest Little City in the World.

I arrived in Reno after two broiling days in Las Vegas and couldn’t help but notice the temperature had dropped 20 degrees from the 115 I’d endured on the strip. Vegas is miserable in the summer. Reno isn’t. If you’re traveling in Nevada you can’t help but compare the two. I’ve been to Vegas so many times, it was a thrill to try someplace different, but with all the...

The Search for Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ

I felt like I was in a scene from the film “National Treasure”. I was looking for a map, but not one printed on paper. I walked down the narrow street past the souvenir shops and asked a local for directions. He didn’t speak English so I mimed what I was looking for to the best of my ability until he suddenly grinned and pointed down the road. A century...

A Tale of Two Zazas

If I was given a choice of staying at any hotel room in the USA, there’s one that’s always intrigued me: the Rockstar suite at the hotel ZaZa. Ever since I saw a photo of its cheetah print carpet, zebra chairs and guitars on the wall, I’ve been a fan of the brand and hoped to sneak a peek someday at this iconic room. The Rockstar Suite at The Museum District ZaZa...

Mauritania in 2 Days

I’d been waiting for immigration to wave me through, but the police seemed much more interested in praying or looking at their phones for it even to register that I’d been waiting on them for nearly an hour.  I was the last one in the airport and my bag was lying 50 feet away on the other side of the stanchions. They joked with each other in Arabic, I tried...

Flamingos on the Beach- Aruba

We’ve all seen the picture on Instagram. A pretty girl posing in turquoise water surrounded by hot pink flamingos. No clouds, a sugary white beach, and a frozen tropical drink. Ahhhhhhh…… It’s hard to believe that such a place exists in the real world, but it’s just a 2 1/2 hour flight away from Miami to reach perpetually warm Aruba...

Seismique- Houston’s New Art Experience

I’ve been curious about Houston’s newest museum since I first heard rumors about it’s opening last year. Besides Seismique’s catchy name and the few pictures I’d seen online, I wondered was it a museum or an art installation? Was it worth visiting? I had a chance to check out this unique experience this week. So what is it? A mixed-media museum featuring bigger than...

Uzbekistan- The “New Improved” Stan.

Ask any American to point out Uzbekistan on a map or tell you one random fact about it and you’ll discover most know very little or nothing about this wonderful country. The “Stans” have always been a geographical challenge with their long names and confusing images. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my travels, stereotypes are almost always completely wrong...