treet art in the Friedrichshain neighborhood of Berlin. The area is an old railway station and consists of a lot of bombed-out wartime factories that have recently seen a lot of rejuvenation and an influx of artistic flair - full of cafes, clubs, galleries, a skate park, and more.
Chinchero, Peru - These indigenous women dye yarn using natural, ancient methods in the Sacred Valley of the Incas - or Urubamba Valley - outside of Cusco and near the base of the Inca Trail.
The glacial ake Bled, with its stunning, crystal-clear water, in northwest Slovenia is home to the Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church on an island in the middle of the lake and a castle on a cliff overlooking the lake's aquamarine waters.
his door - characteristic of many doors in Morocco - is at the mausoleum of ruler Moulay Ismail. While Meknes is not Morocco's foremost city today, Meknes was the capital of Morocco during Moulay Ismail's reign in the late 17th and early 18th century, making him a claim to fame for the city. The university at which I studied during my time in Meknes was called Moulay Ismail University.
litvicka Jezera National Park - or Plitvice Lakes National Park in English - is Southeast Europe's oldest and largest national park situated in the karst region of Croatia. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a series of lakes arranged in cascading order and connected by waterfalls, great hikes, and perhaps the most clear blue water I've ever seen.
Though a classic destination on the tourist track, I found the Haya Sofya extremely lovely. During my time at university, I took an entire course on the Haya Sofya - its history, its transformation from basilica to mosque, its status as a feat of engineering that should never have stood on its own let alone be still sturdily standing nearly 1500 years later. More than merely a site to be checked off a list of landmarks, coming to the Haya Sofya was the culmination of a few years of intrigue and study for me.
The Stari Most bridge above the clear, aquamarine water and the sharp mountains in the background above Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the war destroyed the bridge only 20 years ago. Two men chat while sitting against a bullet-scarred wall in a Mostar town street.
hile Houston lacks the reputation of a great place for traveling and instead often carries the adjectives "concrete" and "muggy," there are some stunning places in the city. This is a photo of South Boulevard, a residential area in the heart of the city near Rice University. The majestic old oaks are ubiquitous in the city, with quaint oak-lined streets found in many nice areas.
Milford Sound, New Zealand - what Rudyard Kipling one dubbed the eighth wonder of the world. The scale of these fjords is enormous. It's impossible not to feel tiny in comparison.
My Moroccan friend Mohammad donned some traditional Tuareg wear and set out into the Sahara Desert just outside of the desert village of Merzouga, Morocco. The sun was setting and a dust storm hit us only minutes after I took this shot. Moha now runs a travel service called Rove Morocco.
At Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, which lights up Yangon's nighttime skyline, even this monk was amazed at the majesty of the striking golden structure.
This warehouse is in Houston's warehouse district, or EaDo, as it's becoming known. This vabandoned, urban decaying warehouse is just off of highway 59 by the Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium. It has graffiti from two prominent Houston graffiti artists Remuv and Nekst. Apparently it's one of Nekst's earlier works. I read somewhere that this building used to be made to make coffee.
Tiritiri Matangi Island is a reserve in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, a short boat ride off the coast of Auckland. The whole idea of the small island is to revegetate and repopulate it with species native to New Zealand, seeing that many of the vegetation and animal populations on the mainland of New Zealand have either decreased in size or gone extinct with the introduction of outside species.
This colorful lil' guy is called a Takehe bird, and his body is a bit bigger than a bowling ball. His species was thought to be extinct until some were found in the fjords on the South Island. In addition to the Takehe birds, there are a ton of other whimsical-looking creatures, including Kiwi birds, and Jurassic Park-reminiscent vegetation.
A photo of the hillside view of the brightly colored houses in the quaint village of Moulay Idriss, Morocco contrasted against the Moroccan countryside below.
One thing I enjoy about Morocco is all of the cats that tend to hang about Moroccan cities, and Chefchaouen, a beautiful, peaceful, and painted entirely blue city situated in the Rif mountains, is no exception. This black and white cat contrasts perfectly the cool blue hues of the winding Chauoen medina.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, indigenous women still dye fabrics using methods that date back to their Inca ancestry. The yarns in this picture are sitting in bowls of the material used to dye each color of yarn the color that it is. The red maize is used to give materials a rouge or magenta hue, etc.
The pillars of la catedral de Granada, or the Granada cathedral, sharply pointing out of the black and white-tiled ground makes the Granada, Spain, cathedral look like a chess board to me.
This boy was canoeing on the Amazon River at twilight. I saw such joy in the simplicity of the lives of the children in the Amazon River villages I explored. In homes on stilts without electricity or running water, I saw kids running, climbing, exploring, and canoeing.