Glasswork craftmanship at its best. These windows are some of the many found throughout the Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Tehran, Iran. A nearby mosque on the way to Abyaneh. Mountains are the typical backdrop to many small villages like Abyaneh. An Abyunaki woman wearing traditional clothes....

I didn’t really know that much about skiing in Austria before we went. I knew that Austria regularly produces some of the best ski racers in world, that they hosted the winter Olympics sometime in my youth, and that the Alps have some of the best skiing anywhere. I was going as part of a family, however, taking my wife and two kids in search of a good combination of learning to enjoy winter in the outdoors, fun ski runs for four levels of skiers, and enjoyable cultural immersion into small town Austrian life. Here is what I learned.

“Everyone walks through life but it is those who look to learn from people coming from different walks of life that travel the farthest." [caption id="attachment_4460" align="alignnone" width="500"] Typical "qahveh-khaneh"-a gathering place to drink tea or coffee. Traditionally male, this particular qahveh-khaneh is in open-air and...