The Story, So Far.

6 year old Gedhun stared down at his dinner plate. A mix of spicy lentils and rice filled a small metal bowl. Next to the bowl was hasta roti, a Nepalese version of fried bread made into circles resembling the shape of onion rings. Before taking his meal he reflected on how hard his family … Continue reading The Story, So Far.

Don’t look back

The monks were waiting patiently at the market when Gedhun, his father, and grandfather arrived. Amid the smoke and strong smells of spicy food being cooked, Gedhun's attention was drawn to the music coming from the fried mozzarella ball stand. Carol King's 'I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet' was blaring. The monks greeted … Continue reading Don’t look back

Haircuts

I've had my hair cut in many different countries. India is by far my favorite. I've had buzz-cuts that took only a few minutes and cost 60 cents, to hour long ordeals costing much more. I even opted for a "massage" in a barbershop recently on the recommendation of a friend in Bombay. Indian barbers … Continue reading Haircuts

Orientation for Antara Bungalow, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Orientation. Turning right when you’re leaving the bungalow you’ll go down a steep hill and back up a hill to an intersection with a taxi stand (small group of men relaxing on a platform under a roof)  From this intersection: Turn right to go to Warung Ting Ting. They have really good coffee and wifi … Continue reading Orientation for Antara Bungalow, Penestanan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bali

So here I am in Bali, more specifically, Ubud, a new-age Yoga and spirituality hub which has really gained in popularity in the last 15 years or so. We're in the middle of a 3 month experiment "snow-birding", being away from the cold, snowy New England Winters. It's going pretty well so far. We booked … Continue reading Bali

Why I need YOUR help with MY New Year’s Resolution

UPDATED: Link to donate - click here. I don't normally make resolutions for the new year. I usually just make adjustments and changes to my lifestyle on an ongoing basis. Knowing what needs to be done and doing it. But something significant happened on Monday. I opened my mouth and some words came out. I … Continue reading Why I need YOUR help with MY New Year’s Resolution

The Food Issue

There are 3 things we love about India. The people, the food and the culture. Today we’ll look at the food. Indian food. I’ve been eating Indian food for over 30 years and I really like it. I’m going to assume you’ve already tried Indian food like samosas, pakoras, dals, naans, and those thick gravy … Continue reading The Food Issue

Another Chance Encounter

There’s a lot of interesting stuff that happens in our day to day life in India. I find most of it quite extraordinary because it’s so much different from our daily lives back home. I’ll even go as far as to say it’s like being on another planet. It’s that different. Piecing together some of … Continue reading Another Chance Encounter

Up, up and away!

I usually don’t have enough material for a blog post until I’ve been on the road for a few days or so. But I could have written this one even before I left the bus station in Concord. Here’s why. I spent a lot of time getting ready for this trip, getting the house prepared, … Continue reading Up, up and away!

Snowbirding

We've decided to become snowbirds (seasonal travelers, usually retirees who migrate to areas with warmer climates during the winter months.) Folks who ditch the cold New England winters and head to warmer climates. During the next few weeks we'll drag out the suitcases and try to come up what we think we'll need for a … Continue reading Snowbirding