Hiking the Annapurna Circuit – 11 Days on the Trail in Nepal

Hiking the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal Namaste (pronounced nuhm-uh-stey) is a conventional, and respectful, Hindu expression on meeting or parting. While hiking the Annapurna circuit I was greeted this way half a thousand times, and answered in return as often. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal sees thousands of foreign trekkers every year. Its route snakes through lush… Read More

It’s a Match! Our Online Date Led to a Round-the-World Adventure

“How long have you two been together?” We’ve been asked that question hundreds of times in the last four years. You see, everyone we meet assumes we are a couple. When we tell them we’re not “together” most people are surprised, and a bit confused. How did two people of the opposite sex, who aren’t in a relationship,… Read More

Fifty Shades of Salento – A Photo Tour

Say hello to the emerald Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley), home to wax palm trees, coffee plantations, and some of the greenest hills we ever did see.  This is the colorful little town of Salento, population 8,000.  Perched on the ridge overlooking the valley the town is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination in Colombia…. Read More

The Exclusions of All-Inclusive Resorts

From Cancun to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico’s Northern Yucatan Coast is rapidly turning into one huge resort. Some of these expansive decadent getaways for (mostly) Americans and Europeans are what we call “all-inclusive,” meaning food and bottom shelf liquor are included in the price of your stay. You can drink and eat to your heart’s… Read More

Superman Sprains His Wrist: A Tale of the Innocent and Irresponsible

A few weeks ago, after a particularly interesting night in Thailand, I received the following e-mail. Dear Michael, This is Sue* the girl you helped a lot last night in Pai. my friend Bob* now is transferring to Chiangmai lam hospital to have an operation. he got two parts of bone break of his left… Read More

Kathmandu and Thoughts on India

We arrived into Kathmandu in whirlwind fashion and the transition between countries was slightly jarring. A brief 8 hours between the two nations which encompassed two flights and a three hour lay over in New Delhi’s modern airport (which was slightly surreal) before we were in a new country. In a fit of western zeal,… Read More