“Vipassana,” in the Pali language means “clear seeing” or “seeing deeply.” My translation is more along the lines of “brain boot camp.” Each day of the Vipassana meditation retreat started with a gong at 04:00, followed by a smaller bell being tinkled outside of your room to ensure that you made it to the meditation… Read More


More pictures I thought about reporting on my Annapurna Circuit in a systematic, data rich, day by day manner, but decided I’d rather convey the anecdotes and experiences that stand out in my memory (these fall into 3 categories: The Approach, The Ascent, and The Exit). However, I do have notes on the day-to-day information… Read More


More pictures Mari and I descended on NW Thailand with one week to go before our respective flights, hers back to Washington and mine to Nepal. Disappointingly, Chiang Mai proved to be just as hot and sticky as NE Thailand. Such is life traveling in the off season. After a week in the less-traveled NE… Read More


Note: due to ridiculously slow internet in Kathmandu, I will be posting full albums at a later date. Thailand in May… is hot. So hot. And humid. 25C became a mercifully cool (albeit infrequent) temperature. I understand why right now is not high season in Thailand and why one might tend toward beach destinations, where… Read More


Note: in the interest of being more up-to-date with this blogging business, I’ve skipped postes about my last couple weekns in Chile and Argentina. I’ll slip those into corilives when they’re finished, and back date them accordingly. (You may call that cheating, but it’s my blog and I do what I want!) So… Thailand! Here… Read More