4 ways to keep your sanity in India
Jul11

4 ways to keep your sanity in India

When people ask me, “did you like India?” I answer honestly: I say no. No, I did not like India. I did not like the dirt and the grime, I did not like smelling rivers from blocks away, I did not like seeing piles of trash accumulating on the corners of city streets, and the abject poverty was heartbreaking. I was solicited to constantly, I could hardly breath the pollutant rich air, and I was constantly looking behind my...

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Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit
Apr09

Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Finishing I remember reading about trekking the Annapurna Circuit online last year. “Trekking? Pfft,” I thought, “trekking’s just another word for walking. Anybody can walk, right?” But as Bill Walker bluntly puts it in his book Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, ”You simply can’t fuck around with the Himalayas.” I should have taken that advice to heart. It was a stark...

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Why You Should Go to Siberia This Year
Dec03

Why You Should Go to Siberia This Year

A Winter’s Journey to… Siberia? While most of your traveler friends count the days to their tropical island getaways this winter, you might consider bucking the trend and heading somewhere that’s completely off the beaten path. Siberia might not top anybody’s list of winter travel destinations, but it holds untold rewards for those willing to embrace the challenges of traveling there. Here are 5 reasons you...

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The Fascinating Towns of the Himalayas
Nov17

The Fascinating Towns of the Himalayas

Teahouse Trekking Although the terrain is at times harsh and unforgiving, trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is not exactly “roughing it”.  Towns are scattered throughout this area, and it only takes a few hours of walking to pass from one town to the next. The towns themselves are as varied as the terrain, but most are home to friendly, English speaking locals with rooms to stay the night. Hotels in the Himalayas are...

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The Unbelievable Beauty of Nepal
Nov03

The Unbelievable Beauty of Nepal

Navigating harsh, high altitude terrain; occasionally soaked from rain, at other times sweating from exertion only to end up shivering from cold soon after; exhausted from walking for hours on end, heavy packs on our shoulders and with one bad knee in tow. None of that mattered. The challenges of the Himalayas were muted and distant afterthoughts, if they were thoughts at all.   Our eyes and minds were focused on only one thing:...

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Planning the Annapurna Circuit
Oct28

Planning the Annapurna Circuit

Why Go? It’s daunting at first glance. And then you look closer and you realize it’s not just daunting; it’s also ridiculous and crazy and a downright rough way to spend a month long holiday. After all, aren’t holidays meant to be spent on the beach, stiff drink in hand and with no worries to think of? They aren’t nearly so relaxing when you’re drenched in sweat, mentally having to will your aching...

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