REWIND: To the North (of Ireland)!

When I went to high school in Dublin in the late 80s, the Troubles were synonymous with the North–neither were discussed, and a trip to depressed Belfast and its environs were never a question. Fast forward 25+ years, a reconciliation, several recessions, maturation of the EU and voila– a region waiting to be visited! Spent … Continue reading REWIND: To the North (of Ireland)!

Rewind: Nepal!

Rewind: Nepal! One of my most memorable experiences trekking in Nepal had nothing to do with the indescribable views, the warmth of the Nepalese or spending time with Krishna, my trusted guide. It was descending/ascending into villages. It was the (mostly) blue and yellow signs that did it for me, announcing arrival to a village. … Continue reading Rewind: Nepal!

Nepal trekking — last stop!

The final day… we trekked along the ridgeline to Sarankot, stopping at a few old temples and largely stumbling all the way. The thought of a ‘real’ hotel in Pokhra had overtaken me and I just wanted to do something other than trekking for a few days. I think this is partially due to the … Continue reading Nepal trekking — last stop!

Dal baht power, 24 hour

For those of you who understand, laugh heartily (or heartly as they say in Nepal); for those of you who do not, I await your belly laugh after your first trip here!

Post-Chommrong

The day after Chommrong we trekked a whole 90 minutes by descending about 1000m into the ever so quaint village of Jhinnu. Relaxed for a few hours then got some energy (and beer) and scurried off to nearby hot springs nestled against the Modi Khola river. I’m a big fan of the banya (and all … Continue reading Post-Chommrong

UN of Chips

The United Nations of chips. The delegation of Wish-Bone salad dressings (Thousand Islands, Russian, French, Italian, etc) eagerly await your arrival.

The Most Exhausting Day of Trekking

Most exhausting day thus far. As i got up for sunrise (a few pics here) noticed snow in my room- no big deal considering there was no heating! We were delayed leaving ABC on account of snow last night- the “trail” was washed out and we decided to ride the wake of a Korean trekking … Continue reading The Most Exhausting Day of Trekking

At ABC

It is 14h and we’re 4210m above sea level at the Annapurna Base Camp. And it’s about -10C, but who really knows. Too cold for the pipes to work, so unfortunately no shower today. But I digress… Since my last installment in Chommrong (1950m) we trekked through Sinuwa (2340m) and stayed in Bamboo (2190m). I … Continue reading At ABC

Morning Views

Morning views from Fishtail Guest House in Chhomrong. Krishna tells me no more rum for the next few days as we’ll be ascending to Annapurna Base Camp. Expected five hour trekking across the mountainside through terraced fields, then head up the canyon and into lots more snow. We stay this evening in Bamboo. I’m always … Continue reading Morning Views

Khukri XXX Rum

Last night we stayed at the Magnificent Hotel (“with good view”) in Tarapani. This guest house is about as spartan (or “simple” according to Krishna) as you can get. The paper thin walls, only somewhat protecting you from the wind, are standard, but the frozen pipes killing any chance of a hot shower were a … Continue reading Khukri XXX Rum

Sunrise!

Sunrise at Poon Hill (3210m). An hour hike from Snow View Lodge & Restaurant in Ghorepani. Getting up at 5am in January in Nepal at this elevation requires you act and do not think. The slow and steady pace set by Krishna, my indispensable guide and porter, sets a tranquil mood. After having milk tea … Continue reading Sunrise!

Tumblr ideas

Over the past six (!) months I’ve seen a lot of stuff– absurdity, empathy, skepticism, hope, pride, longing, and most importantly…more absurdity. The problem with absurdity is once you reach saturation you stop appreciating the pure wackiness of it all. With that in mind, I propose two Tumblr ideas for those with the most time … Continue reading Tumblr ideas

Misc Bali Pics

Guess submerging my Mac in rice did the trick to remove moisture (although not recommended!). A few misc pics from my one month in Bali. Every story tells a story, and there are many more!