Visa Required

April 6, 2010 21 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 21 Visa Required Even though I didn’t start traveling internationality until I was 30 years old, I’ve done a lot of traveling; some people may even consider me an ‘expert’. I’m not real sure if I deserve the ‘expert’ title, but there are certainly a few things I’ve learned about international […]

Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

March 30, 2010 8 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 20 Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round The clutch and part of the transmission area lying on the ground next to the bus. I hear the sounds of a wrench taking more of the vital organs of the bus apart. This is going to be a long trip back […]

Coming Down to Reality

March 23, 2010 6 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales vol. 19 Coming Down to Reality Down Dooby Doo Down Down, Comma comma Down Dooby Doo Down Down, Comma comma Down Dooby Doo Down Down Leaving Annapurna is Haaarrrrdddd…. tooooooooo…. dooooo… I couldn’t get this tune out of my head.  Probably because… There was nowhere to go now but down. Our downward […]

Going Up…AGAIN

March 16, 2010 6 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol 18 Going Up…AGAIN We had been on the trail now for 18 days. We no longer had that rookie look in our eyes. We were no longer surprised by cold showers, the same menu, donkeys squeezing by us on the trail. We were old timers. We had 4 days on the trail […]

Danger! Curves Ahead

March 9, 2010 12 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 17 Danger! Curves Ahead How do you define a road? It’s all relative – right? I had long ago left behind my vision of what a road should be once I started long term travel in places like Kenya Mongolia, Laos, and Vietnam. Shoulders are for sissies and horns are an […]

Carbo Loading – Annapurna Circuit

March 3, 2010 13 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol 16 Carbo Loading Whoever said carbs aren’t good for you never hiked in Nepal. When hiking for 2 weeks, carbs become your ally. This is probably the one time when you can get away with eating carbs at every meal, so my best advice is – enjoy the hell out of […]

A River Runs Thru It – Annapurna Circuit

March 2, 2010 8 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 15 A River Runs Thru It The sign read Welcome to Marpha! Delightful Apple Capital of Nepal. I wondered if Johnny Appleseed was the mayor of this little town along the Annapurna Circuit. Aside from the Thorung La Pass, Marpha seemed to be the highlight of the circuit. We had been […]

Motorized Travel – Annapurna Circuit

February 23, 2010 6 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales vol. 14 Motorized Travel It was as if a huge weight had been lifted from our brains. For the first time since we started hiking the Annapurna circuit – I was free of worry and it was a beautiful feeling. It’s amazing how much anxiety the Thorung La pass can cause internally […]

The Longest Day – Annapurna Circuit

February 16, 2010 22 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales vol. 13 The Longest Day KLOMP, KLOMP, KLOMP The sounds of hiking boots on wooden floor echoed outside my door. I poked my nose out of my warm sleeping bag cocoon, breathed in the cold air, and let it out only to see my hot breath evaporate into the darkness. I’m aware […]

Beware of Falling Rocks

February 8, 2010 8 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales vol. 12 Beware of Falling Rocks All I heard was Bishnu yell “Runnnnn!” My heart raced and I felt as if I were moving in s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n. I sort of knew why I was running, but the gravity of the situation was fuzzy to me; it felt as if my mind were […]

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