Category Archives: Asia

Darkness and Light — A Night in Varanasi

How do you find words to describe a city that is two thousand years old? Where spirituality mingles with revulsion. Where the engorged Ganges river floods homes of gentle sweet people trying to survive. Where streets are filthy with garbage, enormous cows stand motionless for hours and tuktuks spewing exhaust fumes pollute the air. And where a dark-skinned low caste […]

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A Glimpse of Holiness in the Himalayas

They came in minivans, lorries and motorbikes. Some piled into the back of pick-up trucks. Some crammed into Hyundais and Suzukis, clutching prayer beads or Tibetan prayer wheels. Some walked along the dusty road, dressed in traditional heavy woolen coats and dresses. Vehicles packed the two lane road from Leh which snaked through expanses of sand under a brilliant cobalt […]

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Notes from three miles up

Skip: Now that I’ve had the experience, I can safely say that 17,586 feet up is as high as I want to go – unless there’s an airplane involved. Gabi and I embarked on what we thought was going to be a daylong drive to the famous Pangong Lake. We knew we would access the lake by traversing the world’s […]

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