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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Category Archives: Round the World
Planning our trip to Myanmar turned out to be a lot more effort than the other segments of our trip. First, we had to go through the various hoops to get a Visa while staying in Bangkok. But, as it turned out that was just the first of many steps that would need to be taken before our trip – as it turns out, Myanmar is not just a ‘show up and go’ type of destination. First up: Flights In order to apply for a same day visa (which we initially thought we would need), we needed to have our … Read More
Hard to believe I’ve already been traveling for three months (especially since I just recently managed to get my two months of travel post up!) The third month was all about Everest and India. We spent the first half completing our long awaited Everest Base Camp Trek. It took us twelve long days but we finally made it to the top. It was without a doubt one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I will always be glad that we added it to our trip Itenerary. After hiking Everest, it was time to say goodbye to Nepal as … Read More
One of the main reasons we flew into Bangkok was in order to get Visas our upcoming trip to Myanmar (Burma). We had heard that it was possible to get a visa in one day so we were optimistic that we would have no problem during our five day stay. It ended up taking us three days, but we eventually successfully obtained 28 day tourists visas. Here’s all the information you need about getting a Myanmar visa in Bangkok. Visiting the Embassy The Myanmar Embassy and visa office is located near the Surasak sky train stop. If you get off … Read More
Our second day with Salim, started off better than the previous night - that is, he was no where to be seen when we woke up at 6am. In the new light of day, things were seeming a little better. We were off to see the Taj Mahal which was but a stones through from our hotel – at least Salim had been honest about that part. Even better, we had a train booked to Varanasi that night so we would be rid of Agra and Salim forever. The Taj was, of course, great. It was foggy, very foggy, but … Read More
This is day 7 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the full series click here. From Leboche, the hike to Everest Base Camp would be 5.5 hours with another 2.5 hours after that before we reached our overnight. It would be our longest day of hiking so far and we would reach our peak altitude of the trek. It promised to be both an exhausting and exhilarating day. In order to ensure we would reach Base Camp before the weather turned, we left early at around 6 am. We stopped at Gorek Shep at 10:30 to eat an early … Read More
We met Salim at the train station outside in Agra. Our train was several hours late and it was a little past midnight when we finally arrived. We were exhausted and just wanted to get into a taxi and to our hotel as quickly as possible. Salim approached us and we showed him the address of our guesthouse. He charged us 300 rupees, around 6 American dollars – way to much, but w/e we were tired. We loaded into his cab and set off into the night. Two days ago, in Jaipur, we had met a rickshaw driver outside the … Read More
Shannon and I spent almost a full month exploring India. We started in the far North, seeing Rishilkesh, McLeod Gang – home of the Dali Lama and Armristar’s Golden Temple. Next we visited the famous Golden Triangle, and the holy city of Varanasi. Finally we moved south and spent five days seeing Fort Chochi and cruising through the Kerela back waters. We had an amazing time. India is full of so many sights, sounds, colors…its really overwhelming the best way possible. As always, there were a few things that stood about my experience in the country that I thought were … Read More
This is day 6 of my Everest Base Camp Trek. For the full series click here. When we woke up in Dengboche on the morning of Day 6, the thermometer read -5 degrees celsius in our room. The top blankets were covered with a thin layer of frost and the windows had iced over. The water bottle by my bed had frozen over, meaning I would have to forgo brushing my teeth until I could thaw it by the yak dung fire. I had slept in my clothes the night before, so after pulling on my shoes I was ready … Read More
Day 4, Day 5, Day 6 – slowly the days have started to blend together. A continuous cycle of cold nights, bland meals, and endless trekking: by day 5 it seemed like I had been doing it forever. Life on the way to Everest Base Camp had become second nature. The Cold It’s Cold. Really Cold. I mean obviously – it’s Everest. During the day, when the sun is out and you are walking up hill – it’s not so bad. Then comes night time – and it really is that bad. Every part of you is freezing. There is … Read More
This is day 4 of my Everest Base Camp Trek – for the complete series click here. After our day of acclimatization in Namche, it was time to hike to the next village of Tengboche (3,867 m). The previous night had been freezing – for the first time we had to break out the sleeping bags in order to stay warm in bed. But, we felt refreshed after our day of rest and we were confident that the hardest hiking day was behind us. As it turns out – that was not the case. Our guide was always a bit vague … Read More