Destinations

Bethlehem’s “Other” Tourist Spot

A long time ago in Bethlehem… Actually it was 1999, which is technically a long time ago when you consider that Israel has only been in existence since 1948. That was the year I first set foot in the Holy Land. For those not familiar with Israel/Palestinian history and considering a Bible tour to Israel, you’re going to be in for a shocker. You might want to sit down...

From Clown To traveling Wizard- Podcast

Getting Set-up for the Podcast Warren Spiwak’s podcast with The Traveling Wizard during the pandemic 2020 Click here for the full podcast podcast #podcasts #podcasting #podcaster #podcastlife #podcastersofinstagram #podcasters #podcastshow #applepodcasts #newpodcast #podcastlove #blackpodcast #podcastaddict #applepodcast #podcastinglife #podcasthost...

Things Not To Do in an Irish Pub

One thing about Irish Pubs; they kinda look the same no matter where you go. However, in Ireland, they don’t FEEL the same. There’s a different commitment to the drink than you’ll find in their doppelgängers elsewhere. Where else are you going find a bar that has a basement below the tap so the beer keg is the shortest possible distance from it? Outside Temple...

Chilling at the Snow Hotel

As i looked upward, the clouds slowly parted. An iridescent green ribbon suddenly appeared in the night sky and danced above my snow covered cabin. Its’s my last night at the Snow Hotel Kirkenes and Mother Nature put on the ultimate finale send off, a vivid display of the Aurora Borealis.  A Themed Room at the Snow Hotel Kirkenes Photo: Bill Wiatrak The Northern...

Getting into The Kingdom

Visiting Saudi Arabia Four years ago it was nearly impossible to get a tourist visa to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). However, with sweeping new changes from the new king, women are now allowed to drive (woohoo!) and tourist visas can be had online in less than 15 minutes. The floodgates are now officially open.  The two most visited cities, Jeddah and...

the most awesome airbnb in texas!

HOUSTON’S MOST UNIQUE AIRBNB Airbnb has changed the world. There’s no doubt about that. All the things your mom told you not to do: Don’t get into a stranger’s car (Uber), don’t go to people’s houses you don’t know (AIRBNB) and don’t chew gum with your mouth open (okay, she was right about that) turned out to be wrong...

Chocolate Islands? Yes, Please

A Stop in Sao Tome and Principe The chocolate Islands; Who doesn’t love the sound of that? The official name, São Tomé and Principe sounds more  like a vacation destination  in the Caribbean rather than two islands thousands of miles away in west Africa; This former Portuguese colony is a jungle paradise full of cacao plantations, as well as a hub for coffee...

Sudan- Land of the Pyramids

The Ancient Kush Empire As I rode the camel around the edge of the hill, I wasn’t prepared for the scene that appeared before me: golden sand dunes topped with pyramids as the sun cast its final rays. The burial site of the ancient kings is far off the main tourist routes but it is jaw-dropping. I have never seen anything like this ancient alien landscape in all my...

Sneaking into Saudi Arabia

I had a premonition before I even arrived at the airport. Saudi Arabia has never been an easy country to visit. I rechecked the airline’s website just to be sure I had every document I might be asked to produce. Five security checks and one shuttle bus later, I found myself in front of the counter amidst piles of giant plastic wrapped suitcases and robed figures...

My Date With An Egyptian Princess

Women can be expensive, but $100 for 10 minutes is too much to spend for just about anything. Spas and lawyers don’t even charge that much. Why should a 3000 year old princess get that kind of cash?  Nefertari is raking it in.  I’m not talking about Nefertiti, the goddess with a similar name and the Grace Jones haircut. Nefertari was Ramses II’s favorite...