Travel Journal

Behind-the-scenes story from our own adventures



"If there's one thing I've learned about non-American cultures (especially third world countries) spontaneous visits can - and often do - turn into epic events. This was no exception."



"When I saw our pilot pulling seats out of the plane, as well as emptying some of the fuel, I realized weight must be a major consideration. Okay, so how many batteries and tapes do we really need to bring? Renaldo, our Brazilian bush pilot, had been flying in this region for years so I was fairly confident."



"We finally finished up outdoors and moved inside where I ran sound for the actors. I still wake up in the middle of the night saying their lines, which are now permanently embedded in my memory."



"We drove 25 minutes outside of town and hiked 40 minutes up a mountain, only to be greeted by the same children/salesmen from Axum who had run barefoot over the mountain to be with us. Unbelievable."



"We squinted our eyes as we stepped off the escalator leading up from the subway in downtown Paris, France. Yet again, it was my esteemed colleague Bryan and I looking for cultural shots in the most romantic city on earth together. Whoopdeedo."



"Having lived in Amsterdam for several years, I wanted to show Dave, my colleague, some of the sights and a few of my favorite eating establishments. We were midway through a twenty day, seven country intensive shoot schedule and were in definite need of a break."



"The day of our departure we received a warning that some were plotting violence against the Christians there. I remember gathering with other Indians and Americans in a hotel room to discuss these accounts and to provide an opportunity for anyone who wanted to back out. "



"Suddenly, there it was. About fifty yards away - a female lion staring right at us. We oohhed and aahhed at her for a few minutes and left to ride around some more. Later when we rode back near that same spot, we saw her again."



"Border crossings between Hungary and Romania are supposed to take a long time. It takes awhile to search a car and interrogate its driver. They never know if they'll find forbidden guns, pornography, or bibles."