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The Lights of Diwali
Just about everything I’ve heard about driving in India proved to be true: my taxi squeezed in between trucks, barreled around turns, and generally drove with what appeared to be a total disregard for everyone’s safety. Spaces we couldn’t squeeze into were quickly filled by...
Magic in Dogtown
Driving up Highway 1 we stopped just outside of Dogtown, California, USA to pick late season blackberries. Where else in this world of prepackaged and endlessly target-marketed entertainment can one find such blissful and timeless solitude? All my senses were tuned on the same moment, fully present....
Carry That Weight
An ant can carry 20 times its weight. So, it seems, can some Nepalese men over 60....
On the Road to Zanzibar
Today’s big adventure is leaving Dar Es Salaam by ferry to Zanzibar. I took a taxi to the ferry. The ride was idyllic, driving past the Prime Minister’s residence, the residences of all the Ambassadors, and private palaces of oil-rich sheikhs. I ask my driver if he thinks....
Molding the Earth
In Hindu mythology, Brahma, the Creator of the Universe, made a clay model of a human into which he breathed life. This is why the Hindu potter is known as Prajapati, the creator of humanity...
Worst Trip Ever!
What else can you call a trip that includes the scariest plane ride, the scariest bus ride, and the most vomiting you have ever experienced in any 9 day period? Worst trip ever? But what if you also got to see your teenage daughter (in a year off from college) ....
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