“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


After settling logistical things in Buenos Aires, I hopped on yet another overnight bus. This time, my destination was Mendoza, the famous wine country of Argentina. More pictures The first couple days I enjoyed things like reading in the park, calisthenics workout in the park, and taking a snooze in the park. I have a… Read More


(The title rhymes if you say it with a super American accent…) More pictures forthcoming when I figure out why picasaweb is giving me “500 internal_server_error” I didn’t want to bus anywhere from Ushuaia, the End of the World (or Beginning, depending on who you ask), I decided to buy a flight to Buenos Aires… Read More


More pictures The bus to Ushuaia from Puerto Natales is not the most pleasant of journeys. It takes you through beautifully rugged landscapes, but it takes 15 hours and requires unloading/loading for a ferry and boarder crossing. 15 hour bus rides can be okay, but only when you expect it. We were under the impression… Read More


More pictures Keywords: Patagonia, weather, hiking (shocking, right?), new friends As the sun rose on the morning of my departure from El Chalten, I was loathe to turn my back on another beautiful day in those mountains. However, I had a timeframe to keep – meeting my friend Sullivan in Ushuaia on March 15 meant… Read More


More Pictures Key words: friends, food, stupidly good weather, hiking, mountains My Patagonia experience started in Argentina, in the city of El Calafate. The city itself was not much to write home about, but being there was fantastic nonetheless, largely because I met my Seattle friends Jim and Melissa there to start a week of… Read More