How to Experience Holi

March 25, 2014 24 Comments »

Holi 2014

“Happy Holi!” the young girl said as we walked by her in the streets of Jaipur. Her colorful scarf trailed behind her as she walked by and smiled. I’m not sure why I was surprised at this greeting; the Hindu festival of Holi was the main reason that I came to India early. Besides the […]

Take a Polar Plunge in Minnesota

February 24, 2012 10 Comments »

Polar Plunge

America has had a pretty mild winter so far. However, it’s still cold enough to freeze lakes in Minnesota. On my recent trip there, I was able to experience one of the things that makes Minnesotans great – their love of the cold weather. I admire people who live in the Northern US; they have […]

A Foreign Christmas

December 21, 2011 9 Comments »

One of the most unusual sites I witnessed in my travels was experiencing Christmas in Asia. I had been living in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam for 3 months when December 25th rolled around. In a country with no real religion, and no westernized consumerism (yet), Vietnam surprised me with their Christmas spirit. Christmas in […]

The Powers of Observation

May 17, 2011 8 Comments »

There are times in travel when you just have to ‘go with it’. You don’t really understand what’s going on around you or why and no one can really give you any answers due to the language barrier. Heck, sometimes the locals don’t even know why something is done the way it is! So those […]

Religions Collide on Adam’s Peak

May 12, 2011 19 Comments »

sri pada above clouds

Footprints seem to mark the beginning of life for humans. We are born, and soon our little foot is being dipped in ink and imprinted on our birth certificates – marking our ‘official’ beginning. In Sri Lanka the birth of the main religions also came to life with a footprint – a sacred footprint. However […]

Fragile – Handle With Care

December 25, 2010 10 Comments »

Christmas ornaments tree

Sometimes I feel so fragile. Ready to break at any moment and last night was one of those nights. A night where I was confronted with my own solo culture, family culture, my religious culture, and my country culture. As I walked the streets of NYC on Christmas Eve my mind swam in confusion. Solo […]

Travel Back in Time

December 9, 2009 9 Comments »

Tiger Balm Tales Vol. 4 Travel Back in TimeItinerary:  Kathmandu to PumaPhotos: View Puma Snapshots We said goodbye to the bustling city of Kathmandu and hopped in our time machine which took us back in time about 50 yrs. A time and place where electricity and plumbing were not guaranteed, where harvesting was done by […]

Year of the Ox – Tet!

January 23, 2009 1 Comment »

For pictures of HCMC during Tet – click here! Regardless of what you call it – there’s a big celebration going on over here in this half of the world. Technically it’s Lunar New Year however it’s referred to as Chinese New Year unless, of course, you are in Vietnam where it’s called Tet. I […]


December 24, 2008 3 Comments »

I’ve had a few questions about what it’s like to spend Christmas in Asia, so I thought I would give you my perspective as well as a photographic tour through HCMC Christmas Festivities. For for photo journey of HCMC lights – click here! I must admit that Ho Chi Minh City has surprised me with […]

Corn and Cowboys

August 1, 2008 No Comments »

South Dakota Rodeo

One day left on my South Dakota road trip family vacation. I survived two days of road tripping with my parents, and so far I concluded that I may need therapy after this. We decided to finish off our South Dakota extravaganza by getting in some exercise, some oddities, and some cowboys. Hiking South Dakota’s […]