I carry a notebook with me almost everywhere I go. I see each one filled as a new chapter completed. This one began in Nepal and ended in the US with the election. Here are some excerpts… — What is life? Life is the capacity for growth. It is our ability and desire to improve.
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
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
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
A 11:00 am I stepped off the bus in Ky Son; a place I had never heard of and knew nothing about. It is the first town in Vietnam as the two lane highway bends through the mountains and makes it’s way east, away from Laos. When I got on the bus I had a
You can learn a lot about a place by observing how dogs exist within that society. I’ll compare the U.S., Ecuador and Laos; three nations I have lived in with vastly different cultures. In the U.S. stray dogs are almost entirely non existent because any that do are quickly trapped and put in cages. Many
I’ve been in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic for over a month now; here are my first impressions and observations: It’s more common to see Lao walking with umbrellas to block the sun than it is to see them wearing sunglasses. They call it ‘summer’ now (Jan/ Feb). But, since we are in the northern
Last month I packed a bag and bought a one-way ticket to Laos. I’ve lived abroad before and had various types of jobs but my biggest source of income has always been teaching English; this time may be different. A new plan is forming. My only trip abroad in 2015 was to a familiar place;