My Heart Breaks for Nepal & Friends in Kathmandu

It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation and utter collapse in Kathmandu and Nepal— that region of breathtaking views, plunging valleys, terraced rice paddies, crimson-clad pilgrims and warm-hearted people, who bring strangers and travelers home and into their hearts as my … Continue reading

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Kathmandu Arrival, the Ancient Unknown and Daddy’s Dreams Photo Essay

When I first began writing about taking my dad to Asia, in a story titled “Why Kathmandu,” I came across this Wendell Berry quote that resonated:             […w]hen you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place, there … Continue reading

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Travel Writer’s Nat Geo article on Indian Twins Summiting World’s Seven Peaks

So excited for Amy Gigi Alexander and her article in National Geographic Traveler India today!

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Love how the Malik sisters climbed the world’s 7 highest peaks to bring awareness to female infanticide and foeticide in India.

Also LOVE how Amy underscores that these climbing sisters summited Everest with the first woman to summit from Pakistan. Leave it to women to unite enemy countries in the quest to bring awareness to women’s issues – at the roof of the world!

Having spent an afternoon at base camp elevation about 50 miles from Everest last fall, these ladies — and travel writer Alexander have my respect! Just walking at that elevation takes exertion!

Can’t wait for Amy to chat with my travel writing class!

Check out Amy’s article here:

Travelling For Good: The Malik Twins Who Climbed The 7 Tallest Peaks For India’s Girls

Istanbul: Architecture Along the Bosphorus

Enjoy a riverside view of the architecture along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Straights, which connect Asia and Europe, as well as the Marmara and Black Seas. Here East meets West and Byzantine, Roman, Ottoman and Baroque styles collide for an almost unparalleled … Continue reading

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Long Time Gone

Yowza!  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the backside of these pages and–more importantly you. Since I last sat down to really share with you, I’ve been to Everest and back–with my dad. I started teaching writing again at … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Vancouver’s Public Market and Surrounds

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What it Takes to Get to the Himalayas (via Turkey)

In case you wondering what it takes to get to the Himalayas from the US, I’ve pasted what one day’s worth of research has revealed on this project. It’s complicated, but possible. This post was inspired by a blogger who … Continue reading

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Kathmandu Planning & Travel Syncronicity

Back to Kathmandu. Research for this trip is topping out at about 15 hours a week. But it’s worth it. Example: in putting feelers out to friends and friends of friends, I’ve been put in touch with trekkers, guides, wanna-be … Continue reading

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Kathmandu, Dad & The Bucketlist Trip

Call me crazy. I’m headed to Kathmandu. With my 73-year-old father. And I need your help. I would like to collect Kathmandu travel stories as part of my preparation for this trip. And, soon. Weekly Reader Inspired Dreams No, I’m … Continue reading

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