Hiking From Old Manali Through the Solang Valley

Hiking From Old Manali Through the Solang Valley

This is about my adventure of independently hiking from Manali through the Solang Valley in India, but first… 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...
Getting Sick in India and the Wandering Flute Salesman

Getting Sick in India and the Wandering Flute Salesman

Part 1: Getting Sick in India 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 14th Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj

Seeing the 14th Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj

I’ll never, for the rest of my life, forget seeing the 14th Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj, India, his home in exile. 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...
Paharganj in New Delhi, India

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,...