Yekaterinburg has several very important stories that you need to know about, that ultimately culminate in the Russia you know, see, and hear about today.Details
During the 2nd World War, Germany invaded European Russia.
To avoid losing the entire Russian manufacturing industry, Stalin packaged every factory in Euro-Russia.
Stalin then shipped the factories to this city to be rebuilt, in order to produce an endless supply of tanks, planes, and weapons.
Welcome to New SiberiaDetails
Delhi, India is actually 2 different cities; Old Delhi, and New Delhi.
New Delhi is the gentrified areas full of malls, new apartment blocks, highways, and pretty much the same thing you see in every corner of the world right now.
Old Delhi is where the wild west is, and you can tell…Details
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?Details
It’s rain season, so everything is wet… but everything is also beautifully lush and green.
Oh, and there was an abundance of mosquitos…
But luckily I brought 2 canisters of mosquito repellent. So for the rest of the few days of being in the freshest air in the world… we smelled like industrial chemicals – But atleast no mosquito bites, right?Details
Arriving in Mysore, you immediately feel that it is WAY less chaotic than Bengaluru. Still just as dirty with garbage thrown around on every corner, street, green field, crevice and what not, but otherwise, less chaotic.Details
All of those fairy tales and hype you hear about India are just that… hype.
The mystical, spiritual place that is supposed to be India, is the most contrasted place to all other nations I have ever been in. A full 180 degrees in the opposite direction of sanity and order. But at the same time, there is beauty in the Chaos as the saying goes.Details
Walking around the old-town, you can feel that some of the buildings haven’t been repaired since their soviet-era days, with the decades-old decay of their exteriors. While others have been refurbished for the rapidly growing tourism industry in Vilnius.Details
Lisbon, Portugal was my first destination of a long 1-year tour of the world. The city immediately displays its Roman-esque red rooftops, and low-rise buildings in the central core.
You definitely feel like you are in old-europe, and yet, deep down, I wondered how much of Brazil looked like old Portugal.Details
I looked on google maps to see the routes in Salvador, and it basically looks like an ant colony… squiggly lines going everywhere, with no clear direction. Clear evidence of an amazingly deep historical growth and evolution.
Nonetheless, Salvador was colonized almost 500 years ago through a series of shipwrecks, and eventually became an epic hub of slavery and despair for native Americans and Africans from all over the world.Details
Vancouver is considered one of the top 10 best cities to live in, year after year. I had 4 days of sun while here, so it was a great time to explore.
The city itself is very safe, and organized, yet there are several drug addicts roaming around the streets.
There is a very modern feel due to the current rapid development of the city.Details
The Shannon Falls hiking trail, located 1 hour north of Vancouver, British Columbia, is amazing!
It’s a straight climb to the top, so get your quadriceps ready. There are 3 peaks, with a bonus one for fun. The paths are not always linear, and you can get lost here from peak 2-3.
The view is amazing, and you will definitely thank yourself for coming here and climbing to the top.
One of my favorite hikes of all time (so far).Details