Photo Essay: 4-Million Year Old Lake Ohrid in Macedonia

We had arrived the previous evening in the dark—all four of us half asleep—but the next morning, as we left the hotel and rounded the first corner into town, there was no missing it. Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is at least four million years old, but I’ll be damned if she didn’t look brand new….

Macedonia: Food, Booze, and Culture Top List of Memories

One of my friends asked me recently what my favorite memory was from my trip to Macedonia. I truly prefer not to make lists and rankings when I travel because, in my opinion, experiences are different, not necessarily better or worse. When she asked me, a whole gauntlet of images came to the front of…

Macedonia: Paragliding Pleases, Matka Canyon Teases

I had no idea that a World Cup of Paragliding even existed, let alone the fact that it was held in Macedonia (Krushevo) this year. I suppose I sort of misunderstood the sport to begin with – it’s really not about falling or screaming or an extreme rush of energy (the exception being aerial acrobatics…

Eastern Europe: Long Days, Bright Nights in Macedonia

We had arrived the previous evening in the dark – all four of us half asleep – but the next morning, as we left the hotel and rounded the first corner into town, there was no missing it. Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is at least 4-million years old, but I’ll be damned if she didn’t…

January: Holy Shit Moments, Arctic Circle, Southeast Asia

Happy 2014 from Wake and Wander! I hung out in Philadelphia, watching fireworks over Penn’s Landing on New Year’s Eve (among other celebratory activities) and crawling around the city for the annual Mummer’s Parade on January 1st.  Hope everyone had fun ringing in the new year in their own way. With the holidays done and…

Gear Review: Sun Shirts, Booze Sacks, Fuel for Your Fire

In the last gear review, we talked about travel socks that improved your circulation, heat-reducing wipes that didn’t work out so well, and the complete opposite of a five-hour energy. This round, we’re checking out shirts for summertime, bags for your booze, and a little fuel for your fire. UV Skinz: These shirts are not…

Wake and Wander’s ‘Holy Shit Moments’ of 2012

I made a comment yesterday at a New Year’s Day party in Philadelphia (during the Mummer’s Parade) that incited laughter and resulted in being labeled as an “old man,” but I’ll say it again here because it’s one of the truest things I know: Life goes faster and faster every year, and there’s not a…

Radio

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Gear Review: Travel Socks, Cool Off Wipes, Dream Water

Companies have begun to send me things to review, which I suppose is a nice compliment. My approach to this new segment of the blog will be simple: I’ll just tell you the honest truth about my experience with the product. Sound good? Cool. Here’s the first addition: Dr. Segal’s Travel Socks: About a year…

Turkey for Tequila: Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta Next Up

Last year, while semi-complaining that I wasn’t in Mexico on Thanksgiving for the second consecutive year, I told you about my little habit of reminiscing around the holidays. They’re good benchmarks of time, typically standing out in the memory for one reason or another and one of the few things you can count on to occur…