Walking With a King
Walking With a King

Visited Zimbabwe’s Lion Encounter outside of Victoria Falls. Got to enjoy an afternoon with some young lions

An Amazing View of the Past
An Amazing View of the Past

Machu Picchu offered one of the most amazing views I’ve seen in the world

Taking in a Fight
Taking in a Fight

While in Chiang Mai, Thailand we took in some Muay Thai matches. They have matches for kids as young as 6, and work their way up all the way to the pros. You’re cheating yourself if you don’t take in this national sport while in country

Are You Not Entertained?
Are You Not Entertained?

When in Rome, I did as the Romans do, and visited the Colosseum

Walking With Gentle Giants
Walking With Gentle Giants

We spent a day at the Elephant Nature Park, walking with, bathing, and feeding rescue elephants

The Perfect Pint
The Perfect Pint

You can’t visit Dublin without having a pint of Guiness

Two Worlds, One Wall
Two Worlds, One Wall

While in Berlin there are a number of spots where you can stand where the wall was

Smoking That Good...
Smoking That Good...

On a brisk morning in South Africa, our guide had me smoke some elephant dung. “It cleans out the sinuses…”

So Much Wine
So Much Wine

Casablanca Valley was home to some amazing wineries, and I tried as much as I could

Official Samurai
Official Samurai

While in Kyoto, I got to practice Traditional Swordplay & Performance at Samurai Kembu

Learning to Cook in Peru
Learning to Cook in Peru

I love learning how to cook new things when I travel. This time I learned how to make Pescado al Hombre, Ceviche, and Pisco Sours in Arequipa

On the Great Wall
On the Great Wall

Visiting the Great Wall and seeing how vast it is, and knowing that this part isn’t even a fraction of this World Wonder was an amazing experience

Just a Little Wet
Just a Little Wet

There are plenty of trails with great views on both sides of Victoria Falls, the Zimbabwe side and the Zambia side, and you get soaked on pretty much every one

Am I doing it right?
Am I doing it right?

So many flavors of snacks in Japan, and so little time. Pocky is amazing, my “teenage Japanese girl” impression… not so much…

A Whole New World
A Whole New World

I visited the Universidad de Chile, Department of Astronomy, in Santiago and got my first real lesson in the southern hemisphere’s night sky. As we traveled I was able to use the Southern Cross just like we use the Big Dipper up here

The World is Under Construction
The World is Under Construction

You don’t really think about World Heritage Sites and Wonders as real things that need regular maintenance just like anything else… but they do. Check out the scaffolding on the Taj Mahal

Together We Rise
Together We Rise

Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine is the tallest statue in Africa. Located outside of Dakar, Senegal, this controversial statue is huge (160’) and can be seen for miles around.

No da Vinci Hang glider Though
No da Vinci Hang glider Though

If you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan, you might recognize the Doge’s Palace. The Palazzo Ducale serves as an amazing museum where you can see amazing art, and take a walk into the past… and Casanova’s prison cell

I'm a Star!
I'm a Star!

It’s funny how many people around the world were amazed to see a Black man walking around. Everyone wanted pictures with me, especially around Asia. Some might be offended, but I’m honored to be a positive representation for my people any chance I can get.

Cruising Lake Titicaca
Cruising Lake Titicaca

In Puno, you can take a cruise on Lake Titicaca and visit the Uros people on their floating islands. These amazing structures are made of reeds from the lake, and it’s interesting to see the blend of ancient culture and modern conveniences. Satellite dishes and campfires!

At the Epicenter
At the Epicenter

When the US dropped “Little Boy”, an atomic bomb, on the Japanese city of Hiroshima it exploded right above this building. The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, also known as the Genbaku Dome, was the only building left standing in the area that is now home to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. It was incredible to see the damage done to this community at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it was also amazing to see how the city has bounced back

Amazing Architecture
Amazing Architecture

The Jerónimos Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Lisbon, Portugal. It was my first taste of Gothic architecture in Europe, but not the last

War and Peace
War and Peace

It’s interesting that North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war, but a major tourist attraction near Seoul is the actual DMZ. Very cool experience climbing through tunnels, checking out train stations, and looking across the border area, all while military personnel and weaponry rolled through the area and kept watch

"Oh, They're Topless..."
"Oh, They're Topless..."

Couldn’t get too close to the people on the beach with the camera because there was a lot of partial nudity, but Barcelona had some AMAZING beachfront areas, with great views and incredible food

Samurai Legends
Samurai Legends

The transportation system in Japan is amazing. We were able to take a bullet train from Osaka to Himeji, and then to Hiroshima, and back, all the same day. Climbing to the top of the castle was an amazing experience.

Relaxing in Munich
Relaxing in Munich

In Munich, they have the New Town Hall, where the Rathaus-Glockenspiel puts on an intricate performance of motorized figurines that can be seen daily. We hung out, in Marienplatz drinking beers, people watching and relaxing.

Up, Up, and Away
Up, Up, and Away

We took a morning balloon ride over the Maasai Mara National Reserve to catch the sunrise over the savanna.

Keeping it Clean
Keeping it Clean

While touring a small town in Chongqing, China, I stopped and let this nice woman clean my ears out. Apparently, they were already pretty clean though, she was very impressed

The Joy of Travel
The Joy of Travel

One of my favorite things about traveling vs just reading about something is learning things you never knew. When you look at pictures of the Taj Mahal, it’s usually a full shot, from far away, of an all white building. Imagine my surprise when we visited and found all this color. And then further joy when we found that nothing was painted, but it was all intricate gem work laced throughout the structures by expert craftsmen. Even the calligraphy along the borders was stonework

Little Dragon
Little Dragon

At the Avenue of the Stars, you can check out hand molds from lots of Hong Kong stars including Jet Li, John Woo, Chow Yun-Fat and more. There are also a couple of statues, like this amazing likeness of the legend himself, Bruce Lee

Who else you know touch lions?
Who else you know touch lions?

There are so many things to do in the world, if you’re afraid to try new experiences, you’ll never have any fun. Touch the lions!

Strolling through History
Strolling through History

Isa Khan’s Tomb is amazing in it’s own right, but it’s part of Humayun’s Tomb complex in New Dehli. A gorgeous estate with plenty to take in as you stroll the grounds. Humayun’s Tomb itself was one of the inspirations for the Taj Mahal

Pint? Nah, I'll Have a Liter
Pint? Nah, I'll Have a Liter

At the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl you can get a krug of dunkel and get some great people watching in. It takes a while to get through a liter of beer, so make sure you get some pretzels or sausage to go with it

Cooking Requires Faith
Cooking Requires Faith

In Shanghai, I went to a part of town I didn’t know, walked around back of a high rise building, took a rickety elevator up, and learned to make some amazing shao mài, xiao long bao, and more in the chef’s apartment. You can’t be scared when offered new opportunities… or dumplings

Wine is Better with a Bus
Wine is Better with a Bus

We jumped on a bus and headed south of Florence to try wine from Poggio Amorelli and a few other Tuscan wineries. I don’t know how people go on these tours and hold back when the guide asks “who wants more?” Me… always and forever me!

Beauty and the Wall
Beauty and the Wall

Carrying on a tradition from the past, the Berlin Wall Art Project offered a glimpse into the past as you walked down the street blocked from your neighbors on the other side. Since the 60s the West side of the Berlin Wall was a canvas for artists around the world, but more recently the city of Berlin offered artists the opportunity to display their skills along the section. Some made political statements, some expressed themselves graffiti, but it was all interesting

Execute Them
Execute Them

One of the best things about traveling is being able to explore locations that were off limits to us “peasants” at the height of their powers. The Forbidden City is a massive palace complex with sections that even people who lived within it’s walls were not allowed to venture… but we could…

Birthplace of Democracy
Birthplace of Democracy

Athens has long been on my bucket list because it’s home of two of my favorite things, myths and democracy. Climbing up to the Athenian Acropolis and taking in all of Athens was an amazing experience

Fresh Pasta? Nailed it!
Fresh Pasta? Nailed it!

Eating Italy Food Tours gave us a tour of Florence’s old town that included a convenience store, a produce market, and a meat shop… then we went to their kitchen and learned how to make fresh pasta and ravioli and enjoyed an amazing meal

Take Some Time to Explore
Take Some Time to Explore

We walked around Prague a lot, and we were able to check out famous locations like the Prague astronomical clock, but we were also able to slide into some great pubs, restaurants, and attractions that we would have never known about. Always give yourself a day to just wander around

A Nice Night In
A Nice Night In

When you travel as hard as we did, sometimes you just want to take the night and relax in your hostel, hotel, wherever. Lucky for me we had visited an amazing sake brewery Fuji Takasago in Fujinomiya City at the bottom of Mount Fuji. Because it was a crappy day out we didn’t get to explore the mountain, but we did have a great time exploring the surrounding areas

 The Museum Island area of Berlin may have been one of my favorite places in Germany. Incredible history, culture, great people watching, street markets, architecture, what’s not to love?

The Museum Island area of Berlin may have been one of my favorite places in Germany. Incredible history, culture, great people watching, street markets, architecture, what’s not to love?

Fight Through It
Fight Through It

Every now and then you enjoy yourself a little too much at night. Then you wake up and remember that you have plans. That was the case as we did a wine and food tour in Barcelona’s Gothic District, and then had a paella class with Cook and Taste Barcelona Cooking Classes the next morning. We weren’t the only ones a little low energy though, Carlos had apparently dealt with this before, and soon the wine was flowing and the food was cooking