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Everything you Need to Know About Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

June 30, 2020 No Comments »

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We saw the first glimpse of them from the plane window. The famous, rigid, snowy Himalayan peaks were practically at eye level with our cruising altitude; I imagined reaching out and touching them.  They looked beautiful and scary at the same time. Cold, hard, and barren; as if they were saying “leave us alone, you […]

Travel Charms

November 19, 2013 12 Comments »

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I’ve been traveling for 7 years, thanks to a little luck, I’ve had relatively few bad luck experiences. Sure, I’ve experienced some issues – luggage delayed a number of times, flights canceled, items stolen, faulty gear, and illnesses. But none of these things were ever really serious or horrible. Not like my friend Charlie’s story […]

Toy Story

August 2, 2010 7 Comments »

Last week I wrote about how brave kids can be when it comes to travel; somehow when we grow up we grow scared.  This got me thinking about some of my travels and the kids I meet along my journeys.  My recent hiking trip to Nepal came to mind.  As my father and I hiked […]

Tiger Balm Tales E-book – Annapurna Circuit with my Father

June 24, 2010 19 Comments »

Father’s Day was last Sunday; what better time to reflect upon my recent travels with my father. Last October I traveled to Nepal to hike the Annapurna Circuit with my 73 year old father.  We hiked for 21 days with many ups and downs…quite literally.  I blogged about each step of that journey here on […]

A Home in Thamel – Ambassador Garden Home Hotel

April 22, 2010 6 Comments »

In the middle of the craziness of Thamel (the tourist district) I found this gem boutique hotel; a diamond in the ruff! What makes staying at the Ambassador Garden Home Hotel a unique experience is the staff. It feels as you are a member of their family. When my father and I arrived they served […]

Best and Worst of the Annapurna Circuit

April 20, 2010 25 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 22 Best and the Worst of the Annapurna Circuit Near the end of hiking the circuit, my father and I reminisced on some of our best and worst experiences over the past 21 days. We compiled a list of the best / worst of our Annapurna Circuit experience. Remember…this is only […]

Kathmandu Photography – People

April 15, 2010 15 Comments »

Kathmandu is a great place to photograph people.  Most locals are excited to have their photo taken if you ask their permission.  However I prefer catching them in their daily activities as opposed to posed shots. Nepalese!  Old, young, sleeping, working, spiritual, and happy – a broad spectrum of the people of Nepal.

Kathmandu Photography – Markets

April 14, 2010 6 Comments »

The city of Kathmandu is filled with markets everywhere you go.  The morning is especially active as kids make their way to school by foot and adults get their fresh produce and meat for the day.  Everywhere you look it feels as if someone is selling something; produce, flowers, jewelry, peanuts, and guiding services!  The […]

Kathmandu Photography – Dubar Square

April 13, 2010 6 Comments »

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubar Square in the heart of Kathmandu is a must see.  Yes, it’s full of tourists, however locals do go here too and that mixture of tourists, historical buildings, statues, and locals is what makes the site so amazing. You’ll see many  Kasthamandaps or “Wooden houses” which gives the city […]

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