Morocco prep: camel sketch

23 Feb. 2011 Cork, Ireland Looking forward to my trip to Morocco in March.  Fellow travel blogger, Phil (from, has a thing for drawing camels — and for getting others to do likewise.  I[…]

Featured photo: mud volcano!

Cartagena, Colombia I must admit that, as a child of the 70's and 80's, the very first thing I think of when I hear "Cartagena, Colombia," is Michael Douglas's voice speaking the city's name in[…]

Quote: Laugh at yourself…

Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.[…]

Serenella’s Limoncello Recipe

Naples, Italy (Note: the recipe is at the end ↓  Only 5 short paragraphs between here and there, I promise!)   I first tried limoncello while out with friends and fellow Couchsurfers at Trattoria da[…]

Featured photo: Mt. Vesuvio

Naples, Italy As a big fan of nature, I dislike descriptions of volcanoes that include words like "fury" and "wrath." It's just nature, after all.  I mean, if you watch a cooking show, you don't[…]

Featured photo: Stromboli

Stromboli, Italy Photo of a ship anchored off the volcanic island of Stromboli, with the Strombolicchio in the background.  The Strombolicchio is the "throat" of an ancient volcano, possibly the oldest in the region.  As[…]

Featured photo: Black Rhino

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania This is one of my favorite photos of all time.  It had just started to rain in the crater (caldera, really) which added a nice, diffuse quality to the light.  Additionally, the[…]

Elephants, elephants, elephants!

1-4 Jan. 2009 Lake Manyara / Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania   This post is ALL about the elephants.  There's not a lot of narration here, but if you like elephants, you'll like the post! […]