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Gallery: Home Sweet Home

CANADA | Monday, 30 Oct 2006 | Photo Gallery

Back in Canada!
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Gallery: London

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 30 Oct 2006 | Photo Gallery


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Delhi Departure: Sweeping up the dust

INDIA | Friday, 29 Sep 2006 | Views [396] | Comments [1]

This might be the last entry written on the road. The last few weeks of our trip have tumbled past in a haze of sight-seeing (Agra and the Taj, Delhi's Red Fort), relaxing in Rishikesh watching the Ganga turn emerald green (It finally looked healthy ... Read more >

Tags: Shopping


Jaialmer Safari: Camel Toes Across the Desert

INDIA | Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006 | Views [1459] | Comments [1]

    Get to know your camel; Naomi rode Bapu, a beige 9 yr old with a propensity for walking through bushes to brush off  the maelstrom of  flies that lived in his fur. I rode Simon, a grey 10 yr old who liked to get down in the dunes and kick sand all ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


A journey for journey's sake

INDIA | Sunday, 10 Sep 2006 | Views [339] | Comments [1]

We managed to wake up at 4:30 am to hike up to Savitri Devi with Gita and her family like we promised. It was a drizzly morning and we headed out through the town, mud and cow dung oozing beneath our sandals and getting between our toes. It was a caravan ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Pushkar: A Visit from the god Saraswati

INDIA | Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 | Views [1938] | Comments [4]

We are still alive but have been completely consumed with music the past week--nothing new for Brandon, but for me it's like a strange new drug and the Indian scale (sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa...) is the only language my brain understands these days. We ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Choki Chani: Desert Hocus-pocus

INDIA | Sunday, 20 Aug 2006 | Views [610] | Comments [1]

A bumpy 15km vikram ride from Jaipur under a lavender desert sunset brings you to Choki Dhani, an ersatz Rajastani village designed to entertain wealthy Indians with their own history. Or at least the watered-down trappings of history. Upon arrival a ... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Amritsar: A Taste of Holy Water

INDIA | Sunday, 13 Aug 2006 | Views [611] | Comments [3]

We left McLeod Ganj on a sunny Saturday morning—the first we’d seen the whole two weeks we’d been there. The night prior we took our beloved music teacher, Kumar, out for dinner at the Japanese restaurant—his first time—and taught him how to eat with ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel


McLeod Ganj-Singing the Blues Away

INDIA | Thursday, 3 Aug 2006 | Views [1339] | Comments [3]

We've settled into our new routine here in McLeod Ganj, blissfully happy to be away from the heat and hassle of the road. Our room is simple, with a squat toilet and cozy comforters, and a perfect place for my laundry line, though it takes days for anything ... Read more >

Tags: Laughter


A Design for Disaster

INDIA | Friday, 28 Jul 2006 | Views [456] | Comments [3]

Woke up the day we were to leave Mussoorie with the remains of a chest cold, and my best friend, Mr. Runs. With an hour long taxi ride and 6 hour bus ride to Chandigarh, I wasn't going to take any chances, so on top of the Mefloquine, I added some stoppers ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures


Mussoorie: Well Rounded Hills

INDIA | Friday, 28 Jul 2006 | Views [581] | Comments [2]

 I turned 28 in Mussoorie, a decaying raj-era himalayan hillstation. The first thing I saw after awakening that day was a giant long-legged spider who had been living web-wise behind our hotel's heavy emerald curtains. It's auspicious, I'm told. Certainly ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


In Shiva's footprint

INDIA | Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 | Views [666] | Comments [2]

The last leg of journy has begun--India and her olfactory adventures have welcomed us into her saried bollywood bossom. Things got off to a good start with us being upgraded to first class on our Air India flight from Bangkok due to an overbooked flight.... Read more >

Tags: Culture


Gallery: India

INDIA | Monday, 10 Jul 2006 | Photo Gallery

Our journy in the north
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Pai in the sky

THAILAND | Friday, 30 Jun 2006 | Views [367] | Comments [1]

The chaotic, yet blissfully exciting days of visiting with friends and family are over and we are finally catching up on our journal entries and reading. Some of you may have worried about our long silence--but we're back, alive and well-fed. After hanging ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Curly and the ex-pat moto gang

THAILAND | Friday, 23 Jun 2006 | Views [1095] | Comments [1]

Ko Chang. A dream island where international best friends meet to drink, eat, and swim. Oh, and we mustn't forget--drive. We had a gang of 7: Eric, Anna and Tamara, the ethno-botonists; Paul, the political philospher and his wife Jessica, the IR Queen ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine


Canada Part II: Midgets have a place on your wall too

CANADA | Wednesday, 21 Jun 2006 | Views [342] | Comments [1]

After dropping off my Mom, John & Christina at the airport in Calgary, we were left with John's jeep and an open road. To Edmonton! The prairies stretched out from under us like a never-endng carpet and the clouds hung like opium smoke in the sky.... Read more >

Tags: Family


Gallery: Thailand & Invermere

THAILAND | Tuesday, 13 Jun 2006 | Photo Gallery

A Canadian sandwich
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Canada Part I: Invermere and Learning how to speak "Canadian"

CANADA | Saturday, 10 Jun 2006 | Views [403] | Comments [1]

  Oh Canada, home of superlative mountains, relatively clean waterways, laid-back line-dancin' locals and admittedly intimidating over-sized everything. Our conspicuous re-assimilation into the Canadian-way-of-living, under the auspices of a great canadian ... Read more >

Tags: Family


Bangkok-a-Go-Go!

THAILAND | Friday, 26 May 2006 | Views [319] | Comments [1]

   Last night we forged our way through the balmy night in search of our raison d'etre. Food. From the inexhaustible variety of cuisine availble in this international miasma we settled in Isaeli cuisine. A few minutes into our gastronomically inclined ... Read more >

Tags: Food & eating


Loas from the window of a moving bus

LAOS | Wednesday, 24 May 2006 | Views [434] | Comments [3]

We blinked and Laos was in and out of our lives, hopefully not for good, but for this trip anyway. The bus from Hue left at 6 am and got us to the Laos border at 11:00, skipping the scheduled breakfast stop which left us a meal of "Super Peanuts"... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


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