Historically speaking, the Iberian Peninsula has been the rudder to Europe’s leviathan. In fact, the tiny country of Portugal ruled the first global empire in history, with colonies stretching as far east as today’s China and as far west as Brazil. The Spanish Empire grew to gain an even broader reach—from today’s California in the west to Indonesia in the east—and has left a cultural and linguistic legacy unrivaled by any other country. How did these two nations expand their reach to the farthest reaches of the earth? One word: Spice.
The Giant Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands are native to the islands and are known for their extremely long lives, many over 100 years, and being brought back from the brink of extinction. These beautiful […]
Chapel Bridge, or Kapellbrücke, is a famous landmark in the city of Lucerne located in central Switzerland. This wooden footbridge is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, dating back to the middle of the […]
In Albania, hearts swell with national pride at the mere mention of his name. Born George Castriot into a noble family, the man who would famously go down in history as Skanderbeg led an anti-Ottoman rebellion that planted the seeds of cultural identity for Albania and Macedonia.
With its secluded location north of Greece, east of Albania, and west of Bulgaria, Macedonia boasts a rich and enduring culture that has been shaped and, yes, sometimes tested, by its geography and its history.