Cairo, Egypt

Two days before we left the Maldives for our Egypt, Jordan, and Israel group trip, Israel closed its borders. In a frenzy, we called Intrepid (our tour company) to inquire about the rest of the trip. We were reassured that the Egypt and Jordan part of our trip would still go according to plan. So, … More Cairo, Egypt

Dhiffushi, Maldives

The Maldives are a collection of islands in the Indian Ocean. It is a chain of 26 atolls, which are ring shaped islands or reefs made of coral that formed from prehistoric volcanoes that are now extinct. The coral grew on the volcanic rims and formed barrier reefs, allowing calm and shallow lagoons to form … More Dhiffushi, Maldives

Sri Lankan Highlands

We took a train one morning from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Although Sri Lanka is famous for the iconic blue train, our train route took us through virtually the same scenery: the tea plantations and highlands of Sri Lanka. While sipping masala chai, we took in the magnificent surroundings. Tea was first introduced in the … More Sri Lankan Highlands

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island only 29 kilometers from India’s eastern coast. It is 77% Buddhist and the national language is Sinhalese. Sri Lanka was colonized by the Portuguese, then later the Dutch, and finally the British until independence in 1948. The British called the country Ceylon, which is why the famous tea from … More Kandy, Sri Lanka