A Himalayan Adventure

An earthquake — the second of the day — rattled the glasses around my rooftop cafe. Exciting stuff, and the first tremor that I’d felt since waiting to climb a volcano in Sumatra last year. The tremor was just enough to remind me that I was in the...
The Evil Inside and Wandering Flute Salesmen

The Evil Inside and Wandering Flute Salesmen

Part 1: The Evil Inside I tossed another handful of pills down like jellybeans. Assorted shapes and colors, antibiotics and probiotics, I had no idea what I just swallowed or the dosage. I didn’t care. No, I wasn’t getting ready to walk into a rave....

Seeing the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj

I knew the Dalai Lama was coming when the photographers stood and the huddled Tibetans stooped lower. Murmuring hushed. From my front-row seat, I first saw his entourage of very watchful bodyguards with short-stock AK-47s; they scanned the crowd nervously enough to...

Paharganj in New Delhi, India

Whap! The mirror from a speeding motorbike left a red mark on my right arm. I saw the driver nonchalantly bend it back into position to ready for impact with the next pedestrian. I focused my attention back to the Lonely Planet map I had cut out of the monstrous,...