A Stormy Night in Ladakh India

"Dang it, I'm going to get soaked," think to myself as the heavy thunder clouds up ahead finally break. The small unpaved mountainous road I'm on is headed straight into the storm. Thankfully, if my map is correct, I'll be hitting a...

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No Privacy Nepal

The man’s hand is cool on my forehead. The room is dark and his traditional flat-topped hat is silhouetted against the light leaking in from the flimsy, hung tapestry that serves as a door. Like everyone else in the village, he...

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Makalu: Trekking the Himalayas

The last four hours trekking the Himalayas haven't been that bad. In fact, even though I have gained nearly 1,000 meters of altitude, it's been pretty fun! That is, until 10 minutes ago.... Unfortunately, the last ten minutes have...

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Why Vietnamese Women Don’t Get Fat

Before I came to Vietnam, I was under the impression that Vietnamese women, and Asian women in general, were simply genetically gifted. That is to say, I thought they just came out of the womb tiny and beautiful, and naturally...

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Nepal’s Holi Festival of Colors

As my face is gently smeared with color for the fourth time I suddenly think "Oh! So that's how it's done." While foreigners viciously throw the powdered color used to celebrate Holi Festival, the Nepalis smear it on your face....

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5 Symptoms of Reverse Culture Shock

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” - Miriam Beard Though almost every long-term traveler experiences reverse culture shock to some degree after...

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Shackles, Incense, and Dancing

She has finally arrived. Beautifully adorned with a sparkling gold and red sari and an elaborate head piece, the bride is being pulled in by a cord which makes her look like a prisoner. Her head is down, and her heavily made-up eyes...

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