Travel Photos from around the world

Beaches of Mexico – Nuevo Vallarta, Sayulita, Litibu, Boca De Tomatlan

The entire area of Vallarta (and a bit further beyond), features some really incredible, picturesque beaches, great for adventure, building sand castles, and just retiring as many pensioners and ex-pats have done.

You can fulfill all your hopes and dreams of: sitting on the sand and burning your skin away, fattening up on endless buffets and cocktails at resorts, adventure into some coastal jungles and villages, and to touch horses and seeing a fat kid riding a donkey on his way to work (photo included).

In this post, I will cover 4 beaches:

– Nuevo Vallarta
– Sayulita
– Litibu
– and the ultimate: Boca De Tomatlan

The Ultra Gentrified Colonial City of Puerto Vallarta Photos (120+ Photos)

In 1963, a major American motion picture was being filmed in ‘Puerto Vallarta’, which involved famous actors and actresses of the time – the film is called ‘La Noche De La Iguana’ (The night of the Iguana).

The main actor (Richard Burton) and actress (Elizabeth Taylor), while still married to other people, had a sexual relationship.

This caused wide-spread media fervor in the United States, resulting in an EXPLOSION of curious tourists, and media personnel, who were excited to know about this beautiful, lust-inducing place in the world.

Thus, from 1965 and onward, the government of Jalisco approved massive construction efforts to upgrade the port town into a massive resort city, including an airport, electricity, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure.

By 2000, the population was about 71,000, but by 2010, it had exploded to 255,000. A huge chunk of those being foreigners from Canada and the United states.

About 2.5 million tourists visit Puerto Vallarta (and its surrounding regions) every year, thus making it the 3rd most popular destination in Mexico.

Travelling in the Ancient City of Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Due to constant tribal in-fighting and the advancements of ship technology, the ancient silk road became an impractical and unsafe method of transporting goods.

So, from 1720, Samarkand became a ruinous wasteland dotted by ancient architecture, with no one living there.

By 1865, the Russian empire had captured Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and ran a railroad next to the city by 1888, at which point economic and cultural activities resumed.

From 1924-1934, the soviets had recaptured most territories of the old Russian empire, and made Samarkand the capital of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic.

The beauty of Samarkand falls unto its gigantic 14-20th century Madrassahs, mosques and tombs that were built during the empire of Amir Timur and his children.

The Ancient City of Bukhara, Uzbekistan (130+ Photos)

The history of Bukhara goes back about 2500 years, with the initial settlements of the Aryan people.

It was a major city within the Persian empire from 600 BCE, but eventually a Turkic population overthrew the locals.

By the 9th, and 10th century, the Samanid empire (an Iranian Islamic empire) conquered the city and Bukhara became the intellectual capital of the Islamic world.

Khiva, Uzbekistan Reminds Me Of The City in Aladdin, Agrabah (100+ Photos)

Khiva’s true rise to fame was through its intensive slave trade, at peak having over 30,000 Persian and Kurdish slaves, and 3000 Russian slaves kidnapped from the southern areas of Russia.

By the 1850’s the Russian government was well aware of it’s people being kidnapped in cities such as Orenburg. But at the time, the Tsar was busy consolidating his power in St. Petersburg and the rest of Russia.

By the early 1870’s, Russia used the pretext of ‘Russian slaves in Khiva’ to stage a strategic military advance and invasion (Although the real goal was to capture British controlled Afghanistan, and ultimately, India).

Getting A Visa To Uzbekistan, Exploring Tashkent And Uzbekistan History (100+ Photos)

Whichever way you look, Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5 countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan.

Since 1991, one man has basically controlled Uzbekistan, under a mostly dictatorship-style government, while initiating a post-soviet reformation from absolute chaos and anarchy.

As of 2017, a new president is now in office, and is seeking to liberalize the entire country by apologizing for past mistakes, giving large economic incentives for international investments, establishing communication presidents from other countries, and allowing the Islamic religion more room to flourish.

Within the next several years, Uzbekistan will most definitely be a prime tourism and investment destination for many foreigners.

Oh, and Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan 🙂

Kyrgyzstan City & Outback Adventures

The flight from Almaty was less than $100 USD and took only 1 hour.

But upon trying to land the plane in Kyrgyzstan… we didn’t land, so the pilot made a big circle around the airport, and tried to land again… but couldn’t… for a total of 3 failed landing attempts.

After the 3rd failed attempt, tensions in the body were rising… would the plane have enough fuel to land in another airport? Were we going to crash and burn in the Kyrgyz mountains? 

Adventures & History in Almaty, Kazakhstan

After my 3-4 day stop in Astana, Kazakhstan, I decided to take a $95 USD flight down to Almaty, Kazakhstan (the former capital of Kazakhstan).

You can either take a train for about 15 hours, or a 2 hour flight… Obviously the flight was the better option.

Long story short, I ended up staying in Almaty for almost a month, and had an epic adventure into the mountains of Shymbulak.

Plyos, Russia – A Provincial Town For Art & Relaxation

Just like yourself, I had no idea what Plyos was, or why someone would go there. It is almost in the middle of nowhere in Russia, and has a very small population of about 2300 (according to wikipedia).

What you get to see in Plyos, is a beautifully scenic town by the river… old-Russian style.

About 120 years ago, a Russian painter from Moscow, Isaac Levitan, came across the hills of this town, and decided to start painting it all.

Upon displaying and selling his paintings back in Moscow, Isaac Levitan became incredibly famous, and the town of Plyos became a ‘Dacha’ or Cottage resort town.

The Ancient Russian City of Suzdal

In 1864, local merchants failed to convince the town to build the trans-siberian railway through it.

Thus the town remained a religious backwater village, and was bypassed completely by the industrialization of the 20th century.

The beauty of the town is in its reminder of an older time in Russian history, with its magnificent churches, and many wooden houses.

33 MORE AWESOME USSR/Communist Propaganda Posters

While exploring Moscow, I stumbled upon these amazing posters from mid-century USSR / Communist Russia.

These came from a time, when the media was completely controlled by the government. Thus they could shape, direct, and force the minds of millions of people in any direction they wanted.

Thus, one day the USSR is friends with Nazi Germany, and the next, they are bloody, savage, and ruthless enemies.

The Most Difficult City To Visit In Europe: Minsk Photos

“Minsk, The Most Difficult City To Visit In Europe” is actually the title of a Minsk vlog review I posted back in October of 2016.

I stayed in Minsk for a total of 3 weeks in 2016 (1 week, then 2 additional weeks), and decided that it was an awesome city to visit… if you could get in.

For many years, the Visa process for many people was a headache, which prevented extensive amounts of income from tourism.

As an interesting side note, Minsk was COMPLETELY destroyed by the German army in World War 2.

Thus, everything you see in these photos, was built after the war.

A lot of Minsk was re-built by prisoners of war as well.

33 Translated World War 2 USSR/Communist Propaganda Posters

While wandering around Yekaterinburg, Russia – Home of Russia’s First President, there was a fun exhibit on the streets, featuring Communist propaganda against the Nazi’s in World War 2.

Since I loved playing WW2 video games as a kid, and watching a good WW2 about the epic Eastern Front (Russians vs. Germans), I was quite excited to share these Translated World War 2 USSR/Communist Propaganda Posters.

A Taste of Colonial Portugal in Fort Kochi, India Photos

Almost immediately upon arriving into Fort Kochi, India, you feel how ancient everything is.

Add in the architecture from multiple religions that co-existed at one point here, and you have a mess of a very deep and vivid history.

You literally have a mix of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Communism, and British and Portuguese Colonialism, all in one.

Also, there is a fun element of animals wandering around freely here, goats, cats, chickens, dogs… but no cows this time?