Tag Archive: reflection

Travel is…

“Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting… Continue reading

the future, full of things that have never been

Another year, another circle around the sun, another 365 fully-lived days to add to the book that is my life; 28 chapters and then nothing but blank pages waiting for the days to… Continue reading

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

Nepali New Year

Happy Nepali New Year, y’all! It’s the second day of the year 2070 BS (Vikram Samvat, also spelled Bikram). For Nepalis the new year falls sometime in mid-April, as according to the lunar… 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

Wise words of the Dalai Lama

We have bigger houses but smaller families: We have more degrees but less sense; more knowledge but less judgements; more experts but more problems; more medicines, but less healthiness. We’ve been all the… Continue reading

The wheels of the bus go round and round

As I type, we have been on the road for 12 hours now, Hampi being our final destination. First a sleeper bus from Aurangabad to Solapur, then a public bus for the last… Continue reading