This. Is. India.

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India. You arrive in India mid day. The airport is surprisingly nicer than you expected..especially compared to Katmandu. The bathrooms even have toilet paper! You think, “Okay, maybe this won’t be so bad. Maybe it’s not like everyone described. After all, I’ve been traveling a while…maybe I can handle it.” And for a while, you can. It’s fine. Sure, India is crowded. It’s humid. It’s dirty. In short, it’s a literal hot mess of a country. But, more than that, it’s also wonderful. It’s bright, its happening, it’s colorful. You feel something there that you haven’t felt for a long … Read More

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Diwali in Delhi

When Shannon and I realized that our trip to India coincided with the Indian celebration of Diwali, we were thrilled. Diwali is the festival of lights – it sounded beautiful. We imagined hundreds of tiny twinkling lights, beautiful candles adorning historic monuments…. We were … wrong. We planned our trip so we would be in Delhi during the celebration. We arrived in the mid afternoon from Rishikesh and after checking in to our hotel, headed out for dinner. We arrived before nightfall and our window was far from the window. We were disappointed to miss the start of festivities but … Read More

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Everest Base Camp: What goes up….

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I’m sure, after seven or eight posts you are tired of reading about my Everest Base Camp Trek. So, if you are tired of reading about it, you can imagine how tired I was of doing the trek. However, you can skip this post if you want – after reaching Everest Base Camp, I still had four more days of trekking BACK to Lukla that I couldn’t possible skip. As you can imagine, after the thrill of reaching Everest Base Camp, everything else was a bit anticlimactic. There was the option the next morning of hiking to a nearby look … Read More

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Under Pressure

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As we boarded the plan from Lukla back to Katmandu, we all felt happy with the high of having made it to Everest Base Camp. I was still nervous about the short flight in the tiny, unpressurized plane but I figured that odds were with us and we already had to worst behind us. As we boarded the plane we talked excitedly about our plans for arriving in Katmandu. Hot showers, good food, and a day of relaxing. We couldn’t have been more excited. The plane took off and we cruised up to the now familiar view of the Himalayan … Read More

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Preparing for Myanmar

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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

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Three Months of Travel

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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

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Getting a Myanmar Visa from Bangkok

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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

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The Story of Salim – Part 2

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  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

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Everest Base Camp Day 7 – Base Camp

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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

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The Story of Salim

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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

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