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Baggin’ the Annapurna Circuit

After spending two weeks laid up in Kathmandu with a severe gastrointestinal bacterial infection and a bruised ankle, I was eager to get back on trail. I picked the Annapurna circuit since all the villages on the route have infrastructure catering to trekkers. Thousands of people do the circuit every year, so local people are not shocked to see foreigners with big backpacks ambling around, …

First Timer to Kathmandu

I’m in a new city, in a new country. People speak a different language and eat different food. Everything around me is strange and overwhelming. Kathmandu is not like other Asian cities I’ve visited.¬†Awkward moments abound as I struggle to practice speaking Nepali to blank stares. I always say I have a good sense of direction, but here I prove myself wrong, getting completely lost …

Giving Back

In exactly one week from today I’m boarding a plane to Kathmandu. At this moment I’m filled with nervous excitement. I feel well prepared but the truth is that I have no idea what exactly I’m going to encounter, so I may be over or under prepared…I’ll find out pretty soon here! Up until this point I’ve simply been in love with the idea of …