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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

As I depart this morning for my trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, I am both nervous and excited. There are too many unknowns not to be nervous. What will the weather be like? How cold will it be at night? Will the food agree with me? Am I bringing the right equipment? Will I […]

Risks of Mountaineering

In preparation of my small, civilized hike in the Himalayas, I chose to get in the mood by watching a couple documentaries on Everest and reading Nick Heil’s “Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest’s Most Controversial Season”. The first realization was that death is too much of a reality while climbing Everest. Over the […]

Spontaneity vs. Structure

I can attest to the excitement that came with preparing for this trip over the 6 months prior to leaving. From learning about the Balinese tooth filing ceremony and their complicated calendar system, to the USAT Liberty and how it sank, to how the US got so embroiled in the Vietnam War, to how to […]

The Dance of Travel Immunizations

In medicine, I’ve always heard that it never hurts to get a second opinion.  But in the case of travel immunizations, more opinions may mean a little more pain because they usually mean more pokes in the arm by long, sharp, shiny needles.  That said, when I didn’t cry, I sometimes received some celebratory lollypops.  […]

T Minus One Month

My departure date both beckons and looms.  I leave the San Francisco Bay Area in less than a month, and before then, there is a lot to wrap up including job, apartment, and trip plans.  Since there’s little exciting to say about putting my room into boxes, one area of my trip planning that I […]