The UAE/Oman Road Trip – “Conclaves”: Fujairah, Madha, & Nahwa

The UAE/Oman Road Trip – “Conclaves”: Fujairah, Madha, & Nahwa

    UAE After visiting Abu Dhabi and the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman-UAQ-RAK pentafecta of emirates yesterday (which epic-ness will be hard to beat), we woke up early and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel-with-hostel vibes at our lodgings in Rove City Centre . . .     . . ....
Stepanakert And Never Look Back!

Stepanakert And Never Look Back!

  From Tatev we turned and drove up north towards the town Goris, famous for being the home to the Settlement of old Kores, a series of previous inhabited rock caves similar to the cave homes in Cappadocia.     And thus began our final leg of our roadtrip into...
Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan

Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan

  It’s time to shift monsooning back into higher gears — today we’re visiting Nakhchivan! A landlocked exclave separated from Azerbaijan by Armenia (or as some say, physically located within Armenia), but an otherwise autonomous region under the control of the...
Let’s Do The Tiraspol Transnistrian Time Warp Again

Let’s Do The Tiraspol Transnistrian Time Warp Again

See those dotted lines around Tiraspol on the map above? That means something. Sandwiched in between Moldova and Ukraine lies a breakaway/renegade self-proclaimed separatist region officially known as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic or Transnistria autonomous...
Playing Chicken With South Ossetia & Stalin’s Gori Past

Playing Chicken With South Ossetia & Stalin’s Gori Past

Stalin's birthplace just got served.   After a 2-3 hour walking tour of Tbilisi at dawn, I hopped in my 9am car to Gori and the South Ossetian border.     South Ossetia is infamous for being the Russian-leaning autonomous region that declared secession from Georgia...