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
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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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
A broken bus axle turns a desolate Himalayan road into a temporary community.
On May 21st, 400 protests in 38 nations joined a grassroots effort called March Against Monsanto. But who is Monsanto and why should you know about them? You may not think you’re familiar with Monsanto, but you probably eat Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) created by them every day. They created the first GMO in 1985
I landed in Laos four months ago without any plan besides wanting to live in a new part of the world and get under it’s skin. That’s not really what happened. Instead I became intensely interested in the millions of bombs left over from a U.S. bombing campaign that ended four decades ago. It’s a
The first time I rented a motorcycle and drove toward Ban Napia I heard loud booms of thunder. It was mid morning with clear skies. I pulled over and looked around. In the distance, green mountains rose up, and in the valleys between them was a second row of peaks, then a third, each one
Last week I got sick in Thaton, Myanmar and learned a couple of lessons. Thaton is a small place, it was just a dot on a map I choose at random. There were a handful of guesthouses but only one had a license to serve foreigners. “All foreigners this room,” the clerk told me as