1. Traveling will not automatically make you a better person. If you’re a terrible person at home, you’ll be a terrible person in a foreign country.
Last week I hiked the Lone Star Hiking Trail, the longest trail in Texas, from one end to the other (called “thru-hiking”). The trail is just over 96 miles long, and it took me 5 days. […]
I’ll be back in the US in two weeks (!), and my return will, in all likelihood, end a series of dietary experiments that I’ve been conducting for the past year or so. It’s been more than a year since I’ve cooked anything. It’s been almost as long since I’ve eaten more than once a day. And it’s been nearly five months since I stopped eating meat. […]
I’m sitting and reading on Varkala Beach in the far south of India. A group of five Indian boys in their late teens are swimming and horsing around nearby. One of them comes up to me and starts talking, and eventually all five of them are gathered around me. Below is a truncated account of our exchange. […]
I heard someone say once that the only big tourist attractions in the world that are not overrated are the America’s Grand Canyon, China’s Great Wall, and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. While I might not agree with that completely, it’s true that the Angkorian temples are amazing. I’ve visited them twice: the first time was during the dry season in January, and the second was during the rainy season in August. Angkor Wat itself is big and beautiful, but it’s also crowded and empty. It reminded me of Beijing’s Forbidden City in that regard. It’s the other temples, especially the ones that are falling down, that I think really make the place worth visiting. Below are more than 40 photos of Angkor Wat and a handful of other temples in the area.
My friend Dayna just finished thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, a 2,160-mile trail that goes from Maine to Georgia in the eastern United States. I’ve been following along with her blog posts throughout the summer and fall, and they’ve always been fun to read, but the last one was spectacular. In it she talks about fear. She hiked the trail alone, and she talks in that final blog post about how afraid other people were for her safety when they found out that she was hiking alone. […]
I’ve had a passing interest in vegetarianism for many years now. I can remember attempting to actively pursue a vegetarian diet 4 or 5 years ago while in school. I went to Costco and bought granola bars, muesli, a bunch of beans, and organic Pop Tarts. I thought that would be enough to last me for a while. It wasn’t. I grew bored of the diet about a day and a half into the endeavor and abandoned it. Those cans of beans are still probably sitting uneaten on the shelf in that apartment. […]