Monday, February 16, 2015

Re-Entry, Relationships and Unexpected Things - 2014

Sunset over the Gobi Desert, Mongolia
“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, un-lying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence

When I set out for my RTW in August 2013, the loose plan was to spend about a year on the road. It was part exploration, part love of travel, part experiment. I wanted to be smart about it, so I made sure I didn’t come back completely penniless.  I could never have predicted how the last year and a bit would go, but when I left I was filled to the brim with love and support from my family and friends, the greatest gift I could have asked for. I intended to find out if I could ever blog full time and be on the road full time. I wanted to create. I wanted to open everything in my life, remove my boundaries and see what rushed in.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The China I Saw


My desire to see China, like India, has waxed and waned over time. However, when the opportunity presented itself, I still jumped at the chance. I decided to embark on “Leg 4” of my RTW trip and heading back to Asia after a brief stint at home seemed just right. I had read and heard a lot about traveling in China and in the end decided to hop on a tour, mostly because I didn’t want to be trampled to death. (I didn’t realize how real a threat this was until I actually got there.)  In seriousness, I had heard that the lack of English and cultural barriers made it very difficult to get around. I think if I had been on Leg 1 of my trip I would have given it a go, but the truth is I was feeling a bit lazy. My trip home had lulled me into a false sense of security that bred a bit of fear about going to a place like China all by my lonesome. Being home made me long for that connection to people, any people, interested in under taking an adventure like me. I was attached to my connections at home and didn’t want to head back out alone, enter “China on a Shoestring," by G Adventures.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Drowning in a Blessing

There are no pictures of this ceremony, so here's a pretty picture from a walk I took in the rice paddies of Ubud. 

I gasped for air as the water ran over my face, up my nose and into my mouth. “I’m drowning,” I thought, as I forced air from my mouth and out in the world. “I wonder how clean that water is,” I thought as I snapped back into my most current reality. I was being blessed, I remembered vaguely, but let’s back track a bit.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fenway Studios, Open Studio - Boston

One of the ways that I help stave off the re-entry blues is continuing to let my traveler spirit flow while at home. I try to do things I would do on the road but locally. I stay curious and I explore.  In a place like Massachusetts this is quite easy. We have incredible museums, hiking, green spaces and food. Unique events always pass by my radar and believe it or not I heard about this one on the radio.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tehran, Iran – Day 1 – Qeytariyeh and Tajrish

North of Tehran buffered by the Alborz Mountains. 
A long day of travel and lots of joy tears later, I found myself, with my parents, in Tehran, Iran.  My head hit the pillow and I was out cold until the morning. Besides being overjoyed at being able to see my parents after so many months away, I was thrilled to be back in Iran for a second time. My first trip, with my family, was during Dec – Jan of 2005-2006 for three weeks. That trip was pre-blog, so I’ve never written about it much besides a few photo essays. I’ll just quickly say that that trip remains in my top three best all time trips so far.