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Nun For A Day

Nun For A Day

This is the first of hopefully a few more ‘Day in the Life’ projects that we are developing to bring additional sources of sustainable income to some Spiti locals. We chose this as the first Day in the Life based primarily on two criteria: one being that there is a real need for additional revenues because the nunnery has grown to over 50 nuns and second because of how badass/awesome/sweet/amazing these women are. It was 1984, three nuns decide to start living in a cave on the outskirts of Pangmo. Their cave had no door, rocks were the best they…

Hermitage in Pin Valley

Hermitage in Pin Valley

That handsome fella is Changzod. After acting as the head llama of a monastery for 12 years he decided to venture down a different footpath and open Hermitage Phukchong – a silent retreat in Spiti’s Pin Valley. His mud houses are on the border of the Spiti National Park and the only other residences in the area belong to a nunnery which uses them for silent retreats, needless to say there are no noisy neighbors. My visit was in mid July and although there was still a glacier at eye level while I stood by the door to my room,…

Nako & Tabo

Nako & Tabo

Each village I have been to in the last few days of traveling has consistently been the smallest village I have ever been to. Nako has about 800 residents and Tabo is right around there as well. Despite two more road blocks from landslides on the second most dangerous road the world after all and getting a rough case of altitude sickness we made it to Nako in 10 hours. Sure it was only supposed to take 5 but its India and it doesn’t always help to ask why. So even though I spent half of the time here in…

Chitkal

Chitkal

This is Chitkal. A small village of under 1000 people at over 9000 ft. It is the first place that I felt at home upon first sight. I don’t have too much to say here, the photos do most of the work for that. The photo above is probably the best place I have found to hang my hammock so far. There are a few more photos to come from this place, they’ll be in another post soon(ish)

Rekong Peo

Rekong Peo

It was 20+ hours on 2 trains followed by 10+ hours on a bus before arriving in Rekong Peo, from Dehli. Luckily the major land slide that we encountered had happened a few hours before, so while we did have to find another way to complete the journey after crossing a treacherous bridge and walking a few miles, no one died. I’ll call it a win. Peo was suppose to be the village where I could catch a bus directly to Kaza, which is where I’m spending the next few months volunteering for an organization called Ecosphere (www.spitiecosphere.com). I’ve never…

Even The Dirt in India is Colorful

Even The Dirt in India is Colorful

From an empty rooftop restaurant to an underground dhaba, the food was spot on and the people are colorful in more than just their clothing. On top of Lord Krishna Hotel the view of Delhi’s main bazar was nothing short of breathtaking. It was the quintessential excitement of an Indian city, but there are few things that get the sense heightened like finding yourself in the midst of it. The smells alone were almost overwhelming; everything from fresh Dal Fry to trash, chapati to incense, burning petrol and the mysterious scent that musters from a supersaturation of people in one…

To Occupy Our Time

To Occupy Our Time

Everyone does it a little differently. Some get paid more than others. Others may love what they do more than some. Reguardless of what we are doing, chances are that its taking up a lot of our time. Being a “professional globe trotter” (Sims, 2014)  has afforded me some time to think about and witness how people spend their time so here are some images I have captured of the different strokes of the different folks around South East Asia (and one guy from New York.)     Being sucked into and consumed by work has scared me for the…

Four Bags, Please.

Four Bags, Please.

Sihanoukville, a town on Cambodia’s southern coast, is a place that is sysnonomous with back packers partying on the beach late into the night. So when someone just asked me what I had done the last couple days in the town, I didn’t really know where to start. I hadn’t been to the Angkor Beer factory, I hadn’t rented a scooter and explored the surrounding area or met my soul mate on the beach at 4am, all I had done was buy some rice. 200kg of rice. The day before we bought the rice, someone who I am proud to…

Angkor Wat in a Puddle

Angkor Wat in a Puddle

There is no doubt that Angkor Wat is a beautiful, sacred, and absolutely marvelous place. Every step I took while in its confines was packed with a wow factor. Its size, age, elegance and the raw power that it must have taken to construct all added to its mystique.  Very few photos do justice to this temple and without doubting my skills as a photographer I realized going into this one that  nailing a a few traditionally breathtaking shots of the wats wasn’t in the cards with the equipment I have right now. So instead of delivering photos that we…

Getting High with Yusuf

Getting High with Yusuf

We all laid on the bank of the river and it seemed that time joined us in a hammock as it swayed side to side but ceased to move forward. Perhaps it was the  secret of the serene calm that the moon decided to show us. Maybe it was the bustle in the hedgerow. Or it could have simply been the good company.  Yusuf had been chasing something earlier that day. It was a very specific high, quite literally, and as he was scaling the jagged banks of the Mekong River by Tat Somphamit rapids it came to fruition. Reaching…

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