• Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    Tajikistan – Central Asia’s Mountainous Gem Country and Language Study Overview [1], Public Domain, Link About the Capital Dushanbe The capital city of Tajikistan, the poorest of the former Soviet Republics is Dushanbe. It actually means Monday, and received its name because it grew from a village that hosted a weekly Monday bazaar, becoming the capital in 1929. There is still a lot of village left in this capital city though! I spent nine months living there in 2010-2011 while studying Persian and although things have modernized even more since then, I’m told there are certain experiences that remain the…

  • Barabbas Book Review – A modern tale of belief

    Book Review of “Barabbas” 70 Years after its publication—Pär Lagerkvist’s novel is as modern as ever This is the book I wanted to write. I had a brilliant idea a few years ago to write about Barabbas and what happened to…

  • Hallgrímskirkja front view

    Reykjavik in January – Yes, Still Awesome!

    Reykjavik in January?  Yes, Still Awesome! Visiting churches in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja and the Cathedral You might not think of visiting this very nordic northern island in January, but it is actually pretty cool. Not just temperature-wise, but the landscape takes on…

  • What is a miracle? Updates from the Church Traveler

    Updates from the Church Traveler’s Journey A marathon, not a sprint. I started this blog over 2 years ago in 2017 when I was transitioning to my next adventure (I jokingly referred to it as my ‘startup founding’, the startup being myself!)…

  • Hitchhiking to Prislop Monastery, Romania

    Hitchhiking to Mountaintop Monastery in Transylvania Why go all the way to a remote monastery in the Carpathian mountains of central Romania?  To visit a grave, of course. A man whose life greatly influenced mine – a man who taught…

  • A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki, northern Greece

    A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki  This post also appeared in Greek in the ThessPress here: https://www.thesspress.gr/religion/item/173752.html I first came to Thessaloniki while attending a semester abroad in Athens during college. I was studying politics, languages and religion and we came…

  • Catholic Chapel in Playa del Carmen – Mexico

    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo I was missing the sun as Spring in Berlin was taking her sweet time to arrive. So I began thinking about Mexico, the Caribbean sun and the beaches, and the lovely time I had there…

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

    For years I was being chased by Jehovah’s Witnesses. One day I finally went to see them. Freely, willingly, on my own terms.  There isn’t a corner of the world which hasn’t been covered by missionaries from this religious group,…

  • Notre Dame Paris

    I was shocked and horrified to see the images of Notre Dame burning yesterday. Some things we assume will always be there, for when we are ready, able, or willing to go and see them. But as the Greek masters…