It was only the third day and I was ready to quit. Trekking the Annapurna Circuit had lived up to the hype. Each mountainous bend unfurled to lush terraced rice fields, gnarled and foggy thickets and, of course, the unbelievable expanse of the Himalayas. In late August, Nepal becomes increasingly dry, which marks the start of hiking season. Yet less welcome surprises were wearing me down, chief among them were bed leeches and a reticent guide.Read More
I took a solemn step forward to peer over the pocked handrail. My gaze was steady as I followed the even rise and fall of the ground. The soft-spoken narrator broke my focus, drawing my attention to one of the craters. I narrowed my gaze to what could have been small, inconspicuous pebbles, and the guide hummed on.
After large rains, the remains from Khmer victim’s surface, revealing the graves…Read More
I love this new health trend. Yet after a few yoga-filled days in Ubud, Bali, I started to notice this trend might have swung too hard. There were astrologers offering readings promising the keys to a righteous life. "Clinics" devoted to colonics. Shamanic Breathwork that diminished the symptoms of anxiety. The more time I spent in this health-crazed culture, the more flaws I saw with this obsessive goal to find wellness.Read More
Myanmar wasn’t my favorite country, nor the most uplifting, awe-inspiring, wanderlust-y travel experience. Yet its duality hooked me. The gilded pagodas, brilliant smiles, but apparent cultural authenticity drew me in. Yet when I stumbled into a seemingly friendly gathering, I struck too close to what this closed-off country is hiding.Read More
Tucked away in the historic downtown of Yangon, find The Rangoon Tea House. The white walls, black trim, and teak wood accents are callbacks to Yangon’s colonial rule, and simultaneously pays homage to classic teahouses of Yangon. High ceilings, Myanmar street fare (mutton samosas, anyone?), and incredibly friendly people. The new-ish tea house seems to be thriving within the Yangon market, but there are loftier goals for RTH.Read More
I couldn't eat another bite! My day with the Chiang Mai Thai Farm Cooking School left me richer in knowledge and most likely a few pounds. I felt this cooking experience was quite different, because I got to see where their produce was grown, pick it, and then lear to cook with ingredients directly form the farm. Read on to learn more about my day as a Thai chef, as well as some super easy Thai recipes.Read More