How could we not be happy on International Happiness Day, our third morning in Bhutan, finishing our coffee and delicious dosas, those thin crepes served with spiced potatoes? After driving in Oman for 17 days, Magellan was enjoying the prospect of Tashi, our driver from Wind Horse Tours, Treks & Expeditions, at the wheel on […]
I agonized about reserving a room at the Atrio Hotel in Spain’s poorest region, Extremadura. On the plus side, the hotel was in the ancient walled city of Cáceres, a well-preserved UNESCO site, quiet, haunting and untouristy. Fewer than 400 people live in the “Old Town,” cited as one of the one of the […]
In our last post, “The Acts of Little Carmen,” we talked about choosing to stay in Spain’s old walled city of Cáceres for its architectural beauty, contemporary art, good food, boutique hotel and great hiking nearby—it scored a perfect five in my five-point criteria for a good destination. On the map, light green—the universal colour for […]
After a 63-day-round-the-world trip to Oman, Bhutan and New Zealand, the question most everyone asks us is, “What did you like best?” While it feels unfaithful to choose just one when each of these unique countries surpassed our (high) expectations, here’s the long answer to why Oman’s Empty Quarter won the lottery.