Amritsar

It took 12 hours by bus, but I eventually reached the final destination of my Indian adventure.  I took it as a positive omen that the tuk-tuk driver at the bus depot knew almost right away where my obscure hostel was located.  That isn’t usually the case but he took me there right away and at…

S(h)imla

When I originally cobbled together a loose idea of what I wanted my excursion to look like, Shimla (or Simla, depending on your spelling) was designated as a key stage of the trip.  Why I wanted to go to Shimla has its genesis in my obsession with the travels of Anthony Bourdain.  When I saw…

India En Transit

The original itinerary for my travel included 2 nights and a full day in Chandigarh.  I didn’t quite get that. Chandigarh is a city – India’s first planned city – in northern India that serves as the capital of Punjab and Haryana.  As it relates to tourism, there isn’t much to offer for visitors.  It’s…

The Taj Mahal

I couldn’t go to northern India for 2 weeks and not include a visit to the Taj Mahal.  It’s one of those unmissable sites that top many bucket lists.  With that in mind, I also knew that I didn’t really need to spend too much time in Agra.  Therefore, I planned only one full day…

Dealing With Delhi

  Let’s just dive right into it. Delhi was the most challenging city I’ve ever visited.  Nothing was easy and few things were pleasant.  It’s overcrowded.  It’s filthy.  It lacks the infrastructure necessary to accommodate 22 million inhabitants.  This all made for a very sobering first few days in India. It began, as it so…

Peru Summer 2014: Todo el Sur

Few pictures surfaced from the trip to Peru because my camera was lost on a dune buggy in the Nazca desert. However, a GoPro video was created.

Running Out

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road”–Jack Kerouac I have less than 2 months left in London.  It feels strange to type those words and yet it’s true. I’m coming up on my one year anniversary since I arrived in the UK and while I was thinking back…

The Internship

“Men wanted: for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success”–Sir Ernest Shackleton This past week marked the true beginning of my summer in London.  Summer still seems to be an inappropriate term for what I’m experiencing as the daily…

Heather’s Post

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”–Mark Twain My sister Heather is not writing this post.  I just wanted…

Bilbao and Spanish Conclusion

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world”-Freya Stark Bilbao is a sleepy city.  Bigger than I had expected yet small in atmosphere. When I had first decided to include Spain in my itinerary I chose to journey to Bilbao for a strange reason.  In 1999,…

La Sangria Familia

“We crossed spacious streets, with buildings resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life…I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, Capital of Catalonia”–Hans Christian Andersen,…