The Tragedy of the City

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For two months I lived in an isolated Himalayan village, hemmed in on all sides by soaring, snow-capped peaks. I’ve passed through places like this before but had never stayed long enough to fully adjust. This time, when I finally did leave, it seemed the world had changed and the city had become a terrible […]

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The Nepalese guide to a bank-free savings account

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In Kagbeni, Nepal, a village of fewer than 1,000 people nestled high in the Himalayas, rupees change hands inside shops and barley is traded for buckwheat in the streets, but there is no modern way to store wealth. The nearest bank is a three-hour hike away; while most villagers have a drawer or plastic bag […]

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A Week In Turkey After The Failed Coup

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I arrived in Turkey a week after dissenting military officers briefly hijacked fighter jets, bombed government buildings, took over media stations–and ultimately were defeated by massive and bloody resistance from pro-government civilians. Over two hundred people died in the early hours of July 16th, mostly around Istanbul. The international press was filled with articles that […]

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A State Within a State: Tibetans in Nepal

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Across the border from their homeland, Tibetans have created a self-sufficient community but remain officially stateless.

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Upper Mustang (Nepal)

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Upper Mustang is a region in north-central Nepal that borders Tibet (China). It is mostly Tibetan, culturally distinct from the rest of Nepal, and was occupied by the retreating Tibetan army until the 1974. It is a restricted area and off limits to any foreigners without a special (and expensive) permit and guide. I’ve been […]

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Kagbeni, Nepal: The most beautiful village in the world

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I have been living with a family in Kagbeni, Nepal for over a month–and this village, high in the Himalayas, is perhaps the most beautiful I have ever seen. A few photos to tell it’s story: Kagbeni, Nepal located at 2800 meters.   The main square. Though located within Nepal the village is almost all […]

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Photos: Annapurna Valley, Nepal

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I spent three weeks trekking around the Annapurna Valley in Nepal–home to 8 of the 20 tallest peaks in the world. These are some of my favorite photos. Not included are any photos from in or around Kagbeni, which was my favorite village in the valley and where I am temporarily living. I’ll soon post […]

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A Beautiful Interruption

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A broken bus axle turns a desolate Himalayan road into a temporary community.

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