(Barely) Surviving the Himalayas

Part One: The Hike It’s an amazing and strange thing when a long standing plan comes to fruition. Expectations dissolve and the reality is something you never could have imagined; afterwards you are euphoric and a little sad. It was about nine months ago when Roisin floated the idea of going on a trip togetherContinue reading “(Barely) Surviving the Himalayas”

Gratitude

After months of planning, lots of list making and organizing, I’m finally packed and ready to get on the plane tomorrow! On a scale from 1 to 10 of how excited I am, I’d say I’m at about 4000. While it’s hard to say goodbye to my life in Canada, it also feels a littleContinue reading “Gratitude”

Roots & Wings

Putting down roots so that they may spread their wings Part Two: The Karakol Projects The driving force behind the six-day hike we did in the Northern Himalayas, along part of the Silk Road, was to raise funds for the Roots & Wings projects in Karakol. We are thrilled to have raised over $51,000. Once again,Continue reading “Roots & Wings”

Notes on Trekking: The Hate Spasm

About five years ago, I was traveling through Argentina with Yuval, and we made a week long stop in Bariloche, the threshold of Patagonian Argentina. It looks like a postcard — bucolic streets and charming restaurants, glistening cobalt lake, fringed with snow capped mountains — and it’s besieged by tourists. Bariloche is a mecca for all sortsContinue reading “Notes on Trekking: The Hate Spasm”

The Nice Things Strangers Have Done For Me

Over the years, strangers have done loads of nice things for me, whether it’s helping me out when I needed help, or randomly brightening my day just for the sake of being nice. Of course, people I know have done lots of nice things for me too (hi, mom!), but these random acts of kindnessContinue reading “The Nice Things Strangers Have Done For Me”

Adventure Time: Hiking the Silk Road for Charity

It’s *almost* adventure-time — I’ve been saving up my pennies and in two short months, I’m hitting the road again! This time, I’m going to Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, India, and the U.K…   It all started in 2009, when I met Roisin in Bolivia. We traveled together for a few weeks, through the red and gold cowboyContinue reading “Adventure Time: Hiking the Silk Road for Charity”