Baby Elephants

It’s pretty miraculous that a developing country which is struggling to take care of its people can even think about making room for environmentalism. But Nepal is doing just that. They are actively employing solar power and non-invasive hydro-power instead of coal, and they…

New Again

This may seem crazy, but I’m doing it again. As much as I love newness and discovery and change, I am going back to find the familiar. I could spend time in Tokyo or Bangkok or Marrakesh – oh, I want to see Morocco…

Location, Location, Size

I am fascinated with a little Asian country. Most of you know which one by now. Consider that Nepal is about the size and shape of Tennessee. It contains the population of California (33 million) and is sandwiched between the two largest countries in…

Aerial Views of Shanghai and Stuff

Of all the places your stuff could be from, Shanghai ranks at the top. It’s the place where new things are packed into innumerable colored boxes bigger than your living room. Those suburban living room sized boxes are stacked by the thousands like Legos…

Pigeons and Buddha

How many pigeons? How long did it take you? Did your eyes deceive you?  (answer below) (Don’t count the tiny chunk of a tail on the far left) Did you count ten?     There are eleven pigeons. I looked at this image (it…

The Pressure of Novelty

I often think about the effects that Western travel is having on the developing world. What if Mallory or Hillary had never decided that climbing Everest was a thing? Adventurers and explorers are amazing and I won’t talk them down, but today’s travelers come…

Notes from Seoul

I find this a perfect moment to be completely inappropriate. In a story. On the way back from Nepal last year, our layover in Seoul was 18 hours. Once you’ve been trekking, living with the locals in the back country and without watches (or…

The Significance of a Girl

One early morning in 2009, my husband, Chris woke up and found me reading on the couch with tears in my eyes. He sat and listened to me bawl about a woman in Pakistan who had been educated by “that guy from Three Cups…

Christmas in Summer

This is the second year that my immediate family has kissed off the regular Christmas routine and headed to warmer climes. Last year we hit 4 theme parks in 5 days in San Diego. This year we went a little outside the box. We…

Getting There Again

I’ve thought a lot about the effort it takes to hike up the Everest Highway. When I did it the first time I told myself that I didn’t need to go there again. The work wasn’t worth it. I’d done it once and seen…