What Dreams May Come – Those personal favorite moments that explicitly remind you why you went traveling in the first place.

  • Greenland Day 5: Ittoqqortoormiit September 22, 2019     After 2 straight days of some of the best weather East Greenland has ever seen, it would seem that all good things must come to an end. After breakfast we had intended to land on the tundra of Liverpool Land by Hurry Inlet, a peninsula of East Greenland. However, winds at 30 knots soon prevented us ...
  • Greenland Day 4: Sydkap & Hall Bredning September 21, 2019     This morning we woke up to another gorgeous cloudless sunrise, this time in Jyttehavn:     Every passing moment here illuminated another shade of brilliance.     Somehow here the sun-kissed peaks of Jyttehavn recalled for me the Mac OS X factory-set desktop backgrounds:     After sunrise and breakfast we leisurely sailed north through Ø Fjord towards Sydkap.     Here we witnessed cathedrals of even ...
  • Greenland Day 2: Vikingebugt & Danmark Island September 19, 2019   Greenland just got served.     A video recap of today:     This morning we sailed into the fjords of East Greenland where some of us woke up at sunrise to see if we could catch the golden hour and morning light, but were met instead with the foggy slumber of a hungover dawn:     After breakfast, we geared up at 10am and ...
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FML. – Moments where I /someone/something failed at life and it was pretty funny.

  • Do You See Shells in Seychelles on the Sea Shore? August 29, 2019   After a few days adventuring in Madagascar and picking up an extra monsooner we met at our hostel along the way, we flew out to the Seychelles (at Evan’s insistence a few months ago) on a 2.5 hour 4pm flight from TNR to SEZ. We landed at 7:35pm local time.     Once landing we proceeded through arrivals. No visa is ...
  • Feeling A Little Tsingy de Bemaraha — The Limestone Forest Cathedral August 26, 2019     MADAGASCAR! We’re here! The original plan was to arrive to Madagascar directly from Mayotte via a 4:40pm Ewa Air flight ZD 210. That would’ve been a personal accomplishment as about a few months ago I was struggling to book these flights online on Ewa Air’s website; only after directly emailing them at eservices@ewa-air.com to turn ...
  • O Mayotte! (Comoros -> Mayotte -> Madagascar) August 25, 2019   After our day in Comoros — the #10-#12 least visited country in the world (depending who you ask) — let’s get even more off the beaten track: Mayotte, a French island in the Indian Ocean off East Africa between Madagascar and Mozambique that ceded to France from the Comoros group of islands in 1843. In the spirit of ...
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This Is A Crisis. – Moments where I/someone/something failed at life and it wasn’t really that funny (at least at the time).

  • The Longest Domestic Flight In The World, Biz Class // … & Forcing An Emergency Landing: Réunion -> Paris -> Nice -> Zurich -> Halifax -> NYC September 4, 2019     Dearest readers, I’ll begin by documenting the longest domestic flight in the world on business class from Réunion to Paris. And then I’ll end with how I forced an emergency landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia for an in-flight medical emergency. Yeah, it escalates quickly. 36 hours ago, I was lucky enough to snag the first leg of ...
  • During The Terrorist Attack in Pul-e Mahmood Khan, Kabul, Afghanistan…. July 1, 2019 09:30AM As I’m writing this a few explosions just occurred within our vicinity a few km away (it’s already on the news). Still hearing some gunfire in the distance where the plumes of smoke are.     We just went up to the rooftop to take a look:     What is more remarkable is how the hotel staff and even some ...
  • Dodging The Taliban in Samangan June 28, 2019   Well this just happened; and the Taliban just missed us only by 30 minutes: Bomb blast in Afghan mosque wounds 11 worshippers.     AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): A bomb blast inside a mosque wounded at least 11 people Friday in northern Samangan province, Afghanistan, a provincial official said. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast took ...
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“No Serendipity, No Story!” (WTF Moments) – The most wonderful moments in travel are the coincidences we discover with other people.

  • Announcing Our Inaugural Social Media Manager: DIANA KLATT, MPH October 10, 2019 After 2 months deliberating over an incredibly competitive applicant pool on the eve of our upcoming 10 year anniversary trip to Egypt next month, I have the unique pleasure to finally announce our inaugural social media manager for The Monsoon Diaries: DIANA KLATT, MPH (@klattalyst). Global health epidemiologist, project manager for HealthRight International, creative director for ...
  • Rwanada Forever! July 2, 2019   After a week in Afghanistan and a sobering day in Kabul, it’s definitely time to get out of harm’s way and return home. There’s no need to exacerbate the situation by lingering during what will be another tense period in Kabul. On our way back, Evan and I decided to spend 3 days in Rwanda as one ...
  • Cash Me In Kashmir Feeling Murree As Ever! March 18, 2019   For our last day in Pakistan, we decided to head up into Kashmir for Imran’s (our friend and guide who has been showing us around the past week in Pakistan) hometown and the resort village of Murree.      Starting with a drive from the Rawalpindi/Islamabad area at noon, we reached Kashmir at around 2pm. You’ll know you’re ...
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Way Way Off The Beaten Path – Totally out of the box travel experiences; you won’t find these experiences in any guidebooks.

  • Greenland Day 6: We “Rømer Fjord” & Turner Up The Sund! September 23, 2019     This morning after breakfast we set out towards Turner Sund and Rømer Fjord on our last day of zodiac cruising.     This was planned to be the wildest part of our trip knowing that sudden changes in weather patterns could sneak up on us. Nevertheless, we lucked out in the beginning as the fog began to lift the ...
  • Greenland Day 5: Ittoqqortoormiit September 22, 2019     After 2 straight days of some of the best weather East Greenland has ever seen, it would seem that all good things must come to an end. After breakfast we had intended to land on the tundra of Liverpool Land by Hurry Inlet, a peninsula of East Greenland. However, winds at 30 knots soon prevented us ...
  • Greenland Day 4: Sydkap & Hall Bredning September 21, 2019     This morning we woke up to another gorgeous cloudless sunrise, this time in Jyttehavn:     Every passing moment here illuminated another shade of brilliance.     Somehow here the sun-kissed peaks of Jyttehavn recalled for me the Mac OS X factory-set desktop backgrounds:     After sunrise and breakfast we leisurely sailed north through Ø Fjord towards Sydkap.     Here we witnessed cathedrals of even ...
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way Around The World. . . . – Some stories simply can’t be categorized.

  • Knock-Knock-Nakh-chivan On Heaven’s Door: 2 Days In Nakhchivan August 29, 2018   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 Republic of Azerbaijan, Nakhchivan is similar to exclaves like Alaska (thanks Alan Sedgwick!) and on a level less ...
  • How I Survived (THRIVED in) Med School & Residency To Become A Doctor By Visiting 150 Countries June 30, 2018   It’s 6:45am, 15 minutes until sign-out. I’m sitting in my last 15 minutes of my last shift of residency. In 15 minutes I am about to become an attending physician. After 4 years of college, 4 years of med school, 4 years of residency, and 150 countries under my belt since my first trip to Egypt ...
  • Miran With The Mostest In Mostar April 6, 2018   To be honest, prior to this trip, I did not know much about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its history aside from the fact it was part of the former Yugoslavia and had been battled by war. Thus, heading into our bus ride from Split, Croatia, I had no idea what to expect except from Calvin’s ...
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