Tag Archive: lesson

Walking: the great equalizer?

Another trekker’s declaration I read in a book about the Annapurnas lodged into my head and I’d turn it over, again and again, in my head as I toiled up a slope. “No… Continue reading

Life in the shadows of the Annapurnas

Without doubt my favorite part of trekking the Annapurna Circuit was discovering life in the skies, saying the word “namaste” and earning a smile as wind-kissed cheeks turned into apples beneath crinkled eyes.… Continue reading

Border crossing: India into Nepal

EDIT 4/2014: to clarify, this post does not contain practical information specifically about the border, sorry! That said, here are 2 tips so you don’t have to read through the whole thing! 1.… Continue reading

Incredible India

Xiker posted this succinct summary of our trip on his facebook, a few days ago: 86 days, 33 cities + places around, 39 cheap rooms, 15 nights on the road/rails, 4 motorcycles, infinite… Continue reading

Ruminations of a long, long train ride

With 83 days of traveling under our belt, and 90 days on Xiker’s visa, we are quickly running out of time. We are currently enroute to Varanasi, on a train that is now… Continue reading

Traipsing across North India

Being a tourist in North India ain’t easy. These Indians have seen far and above more than their share of us foreigners, so I really don’t blame ’em for their attitude towards us,… Continue reading

Pushy Pushkar

Where Brahma once dropped a lotus blossom, a lake appeared, and the sacred water is now surrounded by hundreds of temples and no less than 52 bathing ghats. Pushkar is a pilgrimage town… Continue reading

cultural sensitivity in varkala?

I balked at posting this diatribe, but in the end, it needs to be said out loud. I love beach-going and all the activities it entails, but its a bit of a sticky… Continue reading

Shorts in India: do or do not?

The first day, I covered up appropriately. The second day, I wore a tanktop. Though I got the same amount of stares, I noticed less smiles and more judgmental expressions. But wearing shorts… Continue reading