Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines 🇵🇭

The 12 hour bus ride, heading north on the island of Luzon (the most popular island in the Philippines) was bearable. But arriving in Banaue is a giant breath of fresh air. I quickly forget the stifling atmosphere of Makati, a suburb of Manila, as the pristine green landscape unfolds before me. After paying the…

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Annapurna Circuit (Part 3), Nepal 🇳🇵

I start my days hike by going through the backyards of a dozen locals before hitting a junction at a Tibetan Refugee camp lined with barbed wire fences. It feels like refuge is a euphemism.I got a restful evening in the quiet town of Marpha last night. I am not sure what my days destination…

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Annapurna Circuit (Part 2), Nepal 🇳🇵

Barefoot stragglers limping up cobble stone alleys, small movie theathers showing replays of Everest, 13 years in Tibet, and my personal favorite, Into The Wild, all accompanied by the smell of freshly baked goods from bakeries on every street corner. I am not describing downtown  Portland, Oregon, rather Manang; a mountain town at 4,000 meters…

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