Monthly Archives: February 2015

Nepal: Snippets, Tidbits, Fragments, Stats

“What is your country, sir?”  “I’m from the USA.”  “Oh yes, the USA.  Very good country.  Your country is free sex, no?” Such were the opening lines of my first interaction with a police officer. “Bananas!  Feed my body!  MINERALS!” … Continue reading

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Nepalese Food: Life is Like a Plate of Dal Baat

Filling one’s belly in north India requires a bit of memorization.  Was that thing I had last night Chana Masala or Navratna (still can’t spell that word) Korma?  Biryani or Pulao? Malai kofta or veg kofta? Muttar aloo or aloo … Continue reading

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Feet in the Snow, Head in the Stars: Bikepacking the Annapurna Circuit

  Breathlessness comes in numerous forms.  There’s the kind I’ve experienced hundreds of times on this trip, where something about the scenery saps the air out of my lungs and the power out of my legs; I stop pedalling and … Continue reading

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3RR’s Second Sponsor: Thanks, Ibex!

Alternate title: How I Saved/Earned Half a Grand by Fixing a Zipper. As is to be expected on a trip like this, things wear down.  It’s not so different from life in general really except that, owning fewer things, each … Continue reading

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Durga Puja: Just Like Thanksgiving, Except with Goat Sacrifices

See that scary ten-armed lady there?  The one wielding a spear, a serpent, and a pet lion, using them all simultaneously to maul an evil buffalo and dismember and perforate that pair of dark-skinned demons?  That’s DURGA, the goddess of … Continue reading

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