Tbilisi, Georgia

Editor’s note: back before I was a writer, I worked in the Jewish community doing major gifts fundraising. One organization I worked for hosted a community trip to Tbilisi - about two months before I started there. So I missed out. Sam’s article about the city - and all the things he saw in a…

A Day in Liechtenstein

A crisp October morning feels a bit colder in the shadows. While it is already almost 10am, the sun has yet to peek above the mountains marking the border between Liechtenstein and Austria, mountains towering over 8,000 feet, rising steeply from the Rhine Valley below. I crossed the Rhine this morning from my hotel in…

Quba: Azerbaijan’s Red Village

Editor’s note: while certainly not as prominent as Rabbi Sam’s, my Jewish identity plays an important role in both my life and my travels. Before reading this article, I had never heard of Quba. But now, I look forward to one day experiencing a different aspect of the history of my people through a visit…

An Adventure in Peru

Editor’s note: the FOMO is real with this one. Not only is Peru a destination right at the top of my travel wish list, but this specific trip was taken by my two best and oldest friends, Ari and Dan. For more of Dan’s incredible adventurous travel stories, click here to visit his index page.…

Vienna and Cake

If you visit Vienna, you’ll be faced with world-class tourist sights: grand palaces, vast parks, lovely museums covering impressive history. So what is the top thing, the single most important item any visitor to the Austrian capital just has to do? The answer is simple: eat cake. Vienna is known for its cafe culture, and…

Bratislava is Worth a Visit

I love this town, I think for about the hundredth time in the past few days. Whether I’m looking at a cool old - or brand new - building, enjoying a food I’ve never tried before, marveling at a tree lined square with a burbling fountain, or even just pleasantly surprised at a free public…

Four Days in Istanbul

Editor’s note: I spent a couple days in Istanbul a decade or so ago, and will be returning this coming year with TRT writer Dan Warren. This itinerary by our traveling rabbi Sam Spector is a perfect starting point for my trip, and will be for yours as well. For more of Sam’s amazing adventures,…