Good Times in Taipei – Taiwan 2019

Taipei was the dark horse of my trip thus far… a real unexpected joy. If I had to sum up this city in just a few words, it would be: clean, creative, fun and efficient. I throughly enjoyed my time here, wishing I had booked more of it, and that fact probably had some subconscious … Continue reading Good Times in Taipei – Taiwan 2019

Truth and Harmony: Aligning in India

There is a reason why, on the spiritual path, we are eventually drawn to certain places, certain people, or certain things. There is a reason we begin to associate with things that elevate us, whether we are conscious of it or not, and why we instinctually begin to move away from or let go of … Continue reading Truth and Harmony: Aligning in India

Lhasa – One Day, Three Monasteries

Jokhang Monastery I am in Lhasa as the Tibetan starting point for my journey to the sacred lands of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, a rich experience which I will chronicle in an upcoming post. Meanwhile, our arrival here from Kathmandu, Nepal, brought with it a significant jump in altitude. Lhasa, the birthplace and former … Continue reading Lhasa – One Day, Three Monasteries

The Temples – Kathmandu, Nepal 2019

Swayambhunath Stupa Located high atop a hill overlooking the vast expanse of Kathmandu, is Swayambhunath. Although I visited this place years ago, Swayambhunath Stupa, aka The Monkey Temple, is so visually engaging that it warranted another visit. I'm not sure if it's just that tourism here is up (although it's technically off-season) or if it's … Continue reading The Temples – Kathmandu, Nepal 2019

Kolorful Kathmandu – Nepal, 2019

Turns out, second time's a charm! Ah, Kathmandu. You are much like I left you a decade or so ago... dusty and crowded, but with pockets of undeniable charm. Yet there is one thing that has changed, and it is my perspective. Like many who come to Kathmandu, I was here for just a couple … Continue reading Kolorful Kathmandu – Nepal, 2019

Ceremony, Ritual and Shrouded Sheaths – Rishikesh, India 2018

One of the things I love most about the culture here in India, is the ornate ceremony that happens daily, if not multiple times a day. The Hindus have a specific God for just about everything... health, prosperity, family, enlightenment, learning... the list goes on.  Alongside these many gods, there are specific rituals meant to … Continue reading Ceremony, Ritual and Shrouded Sheaths – Rishikesh, India 2018

Higher Pursuits – Rishikesh, India 2018

Ah, the life of a Sadhu. Sadhu’s are Indian yogis, mostly men, who have relinquished mainstream life in pursuit of spiritual gains. Here in Rishikesh, these men are easily identified by their monochromatic, (usually) orange-flavored robes, long beards and matted hair peeking out from some sort of head-dress, and by their side, an Indian style … Continue reading Higher Pursuits – Rishikesh, India 2018