Category: Photos

West Coastin the Pacific Northwest

In spite of only scaring one girl with my homelessness, my first trip North by Northwest was brilliant. Hangin with friends old and new, puffin tough, eatin tasty foods, drum and bass shows (whaat?), and snapping great photos in gorgeous places (see ‘em below) made it a trip I won’t forget.

Check the journey’s video log at the bottom (totally worth it)!

I thought backpacking in my car would be a breeze, but I learned it isn’t all peaches and cream.

PROS of traveling in my car:

1. Traveling with 40-50 pounds of gear OFF my back
2. Being transport commander brings the ultimate freedom to MOVE
3. Even though my little car’s a sedan, it doubled up as a good home in a pinch

CONS of traveling in my car:

1. Long highways + high gas prices = lonely, expensive roads
2. I nearly lost my mind dealing with parking and traffic jams in CBD’s
  • Solution: Parking the car at transit hubs & jumping on local trains & busses
3. Got some problems with my piloting style?
  • Solution: Well you kind sirs can stfd and stfu. You’re stressing me out when you get all scared about my revelation that I don’t even have to look at the road while I’m driving.

Journey route: it takes about 20 hours to reach the West Coast from Colorado.

After watching tweaker dramas through the holes in the walls of our hotel, and being woken up by an antsy cop for poaching camp in the woods, we left Redding, California for greener pastures.

Next stop was Oregon’s Crater Lake, which fills the remnants of a volcano that exploded 7,700 years ago. The cone inside the lake is another volcano that bubbled up about 400 years after the former volcano crumbled in on itself.

After a spontaneous friendsgiving in Portland, I got so involved in the music scene that I forgot I even had a camera.

The only photo I took in Portland was a good one though: the Nightmares on Wax live band!

Oregonians are across the board a smiling, friendly people. I picked up happy, warm vibes the whole time I was there, making it hard to leave. But I can always hear my name being called around that next bend in the road.

For me longer travel is a test of the will since it shakes me out of my routine, but I deal with it by recognizing that the adjustments I make to life on the road are ultimately a small price to pay for the deep value that really slow travel brings.

Loneliness is rarely a problem when arranging rideshares through Craigslist and Couchsurfing. The ability to preview potential ride-alongs through CS makes it an especially great tool to see if they’re an agreeable personality for the ride. It’s a great way to cut down fuel costs as well!

My traveler spirit’s felt a little dormant since coming home from Asia last year. I’m not exactly sure why San Francisco did the trick, but it’s the place where my nomadic-self came fully back online.

I think it was the city’s vibrant art, music, architecture and people that helped me remember how to do it: quiet the ego when it says I. I. Me…and let the camera view the world with 3rd eye vision. Slow down and let the tides of travel flow on the shores of life.

Street art is ever-present and truly epic in San Francisco and Oakland. How come every city in the world isn’t doing this?! Imagine how much prettier and vivacious the concrete jungles could be…

There’s something about the Golden Gate that pulls on the strings of my imagination, inspiring a few good photos:

Baker’s Beach is a classic spot for some bridge action.

I had to grab the classic bridge-by-night.

If you’re wondering how I spent two months on the road, rest assured it was done by barely scraping by. I’m slowly mastering the art, so I’m gonna write a hobo’s guide to traveling on your bottom dollar sometime soon.

Barely hangin on didn’t stop my trip down Highway 1 from being one of my favorites in the US. The raw, natural beauty of the coastline from central California through Washington is surreal. I got into some fun photography in the Big Sur area. I’ll let the photos do the talking:

I’ve been loving lunar photography lately. This one with a sunset over the Pacific hit me right in the heart.

Astonishing that a young industrial heiress used to live here, at McWay Falls on the Big Sur coast.

As the incomprehensively massive Pacific surf nearly destroyed both sides of the rock I was on, I captured my most rewarding picture yet.

It was a unique shot for me cause I haven’t nearly died so many times in a photo shoot before. I’ve never been so terrified of being swallowed up by the ocean, but this was THE place for the shot. I had to get it. I’ve had enough brushes with death to be at peace with my inevitable transition, but I can think of better ways to do it than being swept off a cliff, split open on the rocks below and sucked out to sea.

In the photo we have Big Sur’s classic sea boulders underneath a nearly full moon. The orange glow is the neighboring towns of Carmel by the Sea and Monterey. A fairly huge meteorite was pulled into orbit while the shutter was open, but sadly didn’t pass in front of the lens. The camera did catch a plane passing through the shot however: the yellow streak through the middle of the sky. In the distance some sea lions added their magic to the moment as they flopped around on the rocks and barked at the moon, or whatever sea lions bark at.

After meeting some fantastic family members for the first time, I creeped around Los Angeles til I found this little spot.

Another favorite: Venus in the Delicate Arch during sunset.

This one became another infamous shot as I took a major slide right up to the edge of a massive cliff while setting up. Just after the shot, I witnessed the setting of Venus for the first time. As the planet exploded into a firey orange on the horizon, I thought my eyes were lying little bastards. It was too good to be true. At the time I knew the camera could do no justice so I didn’t snap, but now I wish I had at least a partial memory of the occasion. This is how we learn I guess…

If you’re into photography and enjoyed this round, be sure to check out my page on 500px. It’s turning into my personal best collection, plus we can be friends on there, and share EVERYTHING together. Don’t be creeped out, I just wanna see your photos too.

Coming off the delicious high of a two year trip through east Asia left me with a travel hangover, but this trip turned out to be another 3rd eye opener.

Travel in the so-called 3rd world is imbued with magic, but I finally realized you don’t have to be surrounded by exotica to reach the wondrously high plateau of long travel.

What’s the lesson from this trip?

The most successful travelers reduce their expectations to what’s happening in the moment, and continuously live these moments until they’re totally immersed in the travel experience. And then they do it all again.

2013’s Pacific Northwest Video Log

The Dragon’s Dilemma – Balancing Growth & Conservation

China’s growing on a level and at a pace that no country has ever seen, and likely won’t ever see again. As hundreds of millions of Chinese seeking social mobility move into cities and the demand for cheap imported goods from China continues to rise, their expanding manufacturing industries are wreaking havoc on the environment. While China’s searching for the Good Life by creating astronomical amounts of wealth, a lot of people are wondering how much more the land and skies can take.

After spending a year in the land of the dragon, I left bewildered by the effects I saw on a society enduring unbridled expansion. The photo essay below explores China’s dilemma of finding a balance between growth and conservation of resources. Click on the first picture below to begin.

A Brief Life in China

After a year’s sentence teaching English to the little Chinese terrors, we seized the opportunity to explore the rising dragon. Teaching English to spoiled Chinese kids was an experience I won’t repeat, but after all the highs and lows, at least I can bring back the photos and tell some stories of my time there.

Click any photo to start the slideshow.

The Exciting Conclusion to Travel Photo Roulette #54

The latest round of Travel Photo Roulette was exceptionally fun. The theme was ‘Lost in Thought,’ and I was dazzled by the entries. I knew that travel writers and photographers would have an easy time adapting to this theme since travel is such a personal and creative act. Although I’d like to reward everyone who took me to their lost in thought moments, only one can win so let’s start with a look at some favorites.

For comedic relief I have to nominate:

David & Veronica from The Gypsy Nester

This photobomb had me in stitches. What’s a llama doing on the edge of a cliff! But I can feel myself lost in this moment as I’m sure it was a very calming and beautiful feeling to be up in the Andes in the later afternoon like that. Love it!

Best use of color:

Ellen from La Viajera

This howler’s coat is stunningly beautiful. Combined with his wayward gaze into the heavens we see a guy truly lost in his monkey thoughts.

Best use of shadows:

Ben & Charli from Wanderlusters

The shadows in this picture, the lighting outside the bus, and the girl’s orientation perfectly highlight her temporary distraction. I love how she doesn’t even notice the food being offered to her. What’s she looking at!

Best capture of mysterious phenomena:

Greg from Adventures of a Good Man

Only one photo can fit this bill. The refraction of sunlight across the monk’s face adds a really surprising element to this one. Greg also wrote an interesting article about capturing a monk’s aura worth checking out.

Best use of reflective light:

James from Fly, Icarus, Fly

A sunset’s reflection on a river in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. A lone boatman working his way through the reeds. All these elements add up to make this a fantastic and inquisitive photo.

Best use of a sunset:

Toni from Reclaiming My Future

Toni talked about this being a deep moment of introspection into life at large. I love this photo since I know these kind of moments appeal to everyone. This kind of elation she experienced on top of this dune in Namibia makes for some of the best times of our lives. For me at least, the emotive appeal of this one is through the roof.

Congratulations to Ben & Charli, you’ll be the hosts of Travel Roulette Round #55! Thanks to all those who participated, whether you entered or just watched. Be sure to follow Wanderlusters in the next round and beyond! It’s been a real pleasure hosting to host this round of Travel Photo Roulette. I’m happy to connect with anyone who’s into it, just lemme know!

Travel Photo Roulette Round #54: Lost in Thought

UPDATE: Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned to find out who the winner and the next host of Travel Photo Roulette will be. I’ll post the announcement Monday, February 11th.

Since I’m a fresh face to the blogging world, allow me to introduce myself. Now let me say my thanks to James from Fly, Icarus, Fly for choosing my picture as the winner of Round #53 of Travel Photo Roulette.

This moment of “Serendipity” from a temple in Bagan, Myanmar is why we’re here this week.

I’m delighted to be hosting this latest round and hope it will be as much fun as it always is, so let’s get down to it.

The theme for Travel Photo Roulette Round #54 is: Lost in Thought

One of my favorite side effects of long-term travel are the memories it sears into the brain, those moments where the old saying “living the dream” is shattered with the realization that “this is better than any dream I’ve ever had!” The travel bug bites with these nostalgic moments the hardest, and it’s in times like these we’re the most thankful for our cameras. In this round of Travel Photo Roulette, I wanna see your finest shots of you or others captured in thought.

Sometimes the sublimity of a landscape is all it takes to be outside yourself.

Other times it’s cool to see somebody lost in a puzzle.

Every now and then I’ll catch others lost in reverie for nature.

Animals photos are more than welcome! (I wonder who was thinking harder…)

Or people who are just generally lost.

This theme can go any number of ways, but the bottom line is I wanna be taken to that place where your photos’ subjects went to. I’m excited to see what kind of thinking pictures you crazy travelers come up with. Any “thinker” poses out there? The contest will run from February 1-8, 2013.

For those new to the process, Travel Photo Roulette is a rotating contest with participation open to bloggers. See the rules below.

Contest Overview

The contest rotates through travel and/or photography blogs as such, the winner of the previous round of Travel Photo Roulette hosts the subsequent round on their own blog. The new host then chooses the next theme, a generic keyword or phrase and players submit their interpretations of the theme over the course of the week of the contest.

At the end of the week, the hosting blogger chooses their favorite photo from the submissions and displays it as the week’s winning entry. They then include direction to the new host for the next round. Readers can attempt to lobby the author toward a certain photo via comments – the author can accept or ignore any lobby as they see fit. The game is repeated with the winner hosting the following week’s game and choosing a phrase for new photo submissions.


1. One submission per blog (so sites that have 2+ authors only get one entry).

2. Post processing is permitted, but photo altering (ie. Photoshopping) is not.

3. Abstract submissions welcomed as long as it fits within the interpretation of the chosen phrase. Remember, the hosting blogger chooses the winner, so if they cannot understand the submission, you might not win!

4. Please try and keep your images medium-sized and web-optimized (around 600px).

5. If you win, keep these in mind when choosing a new theme:
* Keep phrases general so that all bloggers can participate. Specific items like “Eiffel Tower” should be avoided but rather made open-ended like “monuments.” For variety, it is okay to say focused things such as “monuments at night” which most of us have pictures of. Phrases can be generic ‘signs’, or abstract ‘religion’.
*Abstract thoughts are appreciated, but keep it within the realm that all readers will understand. No “Kafka-esque”, or “Overlooking Creation”. Use something that is able to be interpreted by all.

6. After 1 year, phrases can be reused, however new photos must be submitted.

7. No obscene pictures or phrases allowed. Suggestive phrases and photography can be accepted, but please keep it within reason.

8. Keep the ideas and photos fresh!

9. Pictures from your entire portfolio are fair to submit. You do not have to take the photo within the week of the contest period to submit it.

10. Most importantly, ALL PHOTOS MUST BE YOUR OWN.

11. One last rule, since this is a competition for bloggers, we need you to be a blogger to be declared a winner. Sorry!

How to Submit Your Photos

To enter in the Photo Roulette competition simply leave a comment below with a link to the image (whether Flickr, Picasa or your own site) so it can be uploaded to this post. Don’t forget to provide a brief description or caption for the photo so the viewers can get a little background as to what’s happening.

Check back here throughout the week to see all the entries as they come in and feel free to comment on them. The contest runs for 7 days from today, with the submission date being February 1-8 (Friday to Friday). The winner will be announced in a few days after the deadline, and they will host round #55.

Past Photo Roulette Winners and Hosts

The following is a list of the previously played rounds of the game and the hosting blogger for each. This list also doubles as a winner’s table as each topic host won the preceding round! Click the host’s link to go directly to that entry to see some stunning photographs from the chosen term/phrase!

1. Nov 4–10, 2010 – Living the Dream – “Animals”
2. Nov 17–24, 2010 – Skinny Backpacker – “Road Signs”
3. Nov 29–Dec 6, 2010 – Dream a Little Dream – “Street Art”
4. Dec 8–15, 2010 – Flashpacker HQ – “Festival”
5. Dec 17–24, 2010 – Over Yonderlust – “Landmarks”
6. Dec 26–Jan 2, 2011 – Don’t Ever Look Back – “Beaches”
7. Jan 5–12, 2011 – ThePlanetD – “Portraits”
8. Jan 15–22, 2011 – Travel with a Mate – “Motion”
9. Jan 26–Feb 3, 2011 – Johnny Vagabond – “Water”
10. Feb 8–15, 2011 – Ken Kaminesky – “Urban”
11. Feb 21–27, 2011 – Travels of Adam – “Friday Night”
12. Mar 7–13, 2011 – Itchy Feet Chronicles – “The Journey”
13. Mar 19– 25, 2011 – Brendan’s Adventures – “Changing Seasons”
14. Apr 4–10, 2011 – Shutterfeet – “Storytelling”
15. Apr 13–21, 2011 – 10 Times One – “Piousness”
16. Apr 26–May 4, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Learning”
17. May 21–27, 2011 – Travel Junkies – “Architecture”
18. Jun 1–7, 2011 – Destination World – “Transportation”
19. Jun 8–15, 2011 – Living the Dream – “Paradise”
20. Jun 21-28, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Clothes”
21. Jul 4-11, 2011 – The Unframed World – “Symmetry”
22. Jul 16-25, 2011 – Beached Eskimo – “Home”
23. Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2011 – BackPackerBanter – “Inspiration”
24. Aug 14 – 21, 2011 – WanderingTrader – “Darkness”
25. Aug 28 – Sep 4, 2011 – Finding the Universe – “Tranquillity”
26. Sep 12 – 19, 2011 – Fearful Adventurer – “Food”
27. Sep 23 – 30, 2011 – Adventures of a GoodMan – “City”
28. Oct 06 – 13, 2011 – – “Reflections”
29. Oct 17 – 24, 2011 – Scene With A Hart – ”Framing”
30. Nov 9 – 16, 2011 – Vagabond Quest – “Silhouettes”
31. Nov 26 – Dec 3, 2011 – Hecktic Travels – “Music”
32. Dec 11 – Dec 18, 2011 – Globetrotter Girls – “Love”
33. Dec 25 – Jan 1, 2012– Man on the lam – “Humor”
34. Jan 8 – Jan 15, 2012 – My Walkabout – “Winter”
35. Jan 15 – Jan 22, 2012 – The Art of Slow Travel – “Blue”
36. Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2012 – Ten times One – “Depth of the Field”
38. March 7 – March 14, 2012 – Nomadbiba – “Sunshine”
39. March 24 – 31, 2012 – Travel With Kat – “Local Character”
40. April 10 – 16, 2012 – The Travel Bunny – “Street Scene”
41. April 23 – April 30, 2012 – Adventure Crow – “Spirit of the Country”
42. May 7 – 14, 2012 – Food Travel Bliss – “Evening”
43. May 17 – May 24, 2012 – Matt Gibson – “Adventure”
44. May 30th – June 6, 2012 – Flashpacker HQ – “Once In A Lifetime”
45. July 23rd – July 30, 2012 – Skinny Backpacker – “Surreal”
46. August 10 – August 17, 2012 – 2away – “Smile”
47. Aug 27 – Sept 2, 2012 – Bridges and Balloons – “Excellent Splendour of the Universe”
48. Sept 8 – Sept 15, 2012 – The GypsyNester – “What the ?!”
49. Oct 22 – Oct 29, 2012 – Runaway Juno – “Sweet”
50. Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012 – GQ Trippin – “Play”
51. Nov 25 – Dec 2, 2012 – Life’s Little Victories – “Friendship”
52. Dec 15-22, 2012 – Breakaway Backpacker – “Face”
53. Jan 14-21, 2013 – Fly, Icarus, Fly – “Serendipity”

Entry #1 – Jeremy from Living the Dream

“Our lost in thought moment comes from Angie’s recent trip to Mexico where she got to experience watching grey whales in the wild for a few hours.”

Entry #2 – Adam from AOWanders

“My ‘lost in thought’ moment comes from a few summers ago when we found a secret beach made for cliff jumping fools like myself on a road trip down the Pacific coast highway.”

Entry #3 – Kle from Keep Calm and Travel

“My ex bf didn’t know i was taking the picture, and his expression says it all about his sadness. I like the background of the picture too, it’s a big photo of the main hall of Ellis Island museum and my ex seems to be ‘incorporated’ in that ancient world…”

Entry #4 – Ellen from La Viajera

“A Howler Monkey in Peru that seemed incredibly introspective.”

Entry #5 – Ben & Charli from Wanderlusters

“Taken on an eight hour bus journey from the Costa Rican border north through Nicaragua we had great fun playing peek a boo and travel snap with this little Nico girl. As we pulled into Rivas bus station she appeared ‘Lost in thought’ unaware of her mother’s attempts to rouse her with food.”

Entry #6 – Sam from Food Travel Bliss

“Getting lost in thought looking over the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.”

Entry #7 – Daniël from Globe Trekking

“While standing by the Orangutans at the enclosure in a local zoo, I couldn’t help but watch this father and son stare at each other, almost lost in their own thoughts…”

Entry #8 – James from Fly, Icarus, Fly

“A mokoro (canoe) poler in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. There are a myriad temporary channels created by the annual water rising of the delta and these guys expertly pole the mokoros past tall reeds. The canoes barely make a sound. I photographed this poler against the setting sun as he glided by, without a care in the world in the unpopulated delta.”

Entry #9 – Toni from Reclaiming My Future

“This is me on the top of Dune 45, Namibia after spending 30 minutes climbing up in time for sunrise.
When this photo was taken I had tears in my tears realising just how beautiful Namibia, Africa and my life was. All the crap I’d been through in life suddenly all seemed worth it and I was so at peace.”

Entry #10 – Adam from Getting Stamped

“As my legs dangled over a sheer cliff overlooking Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai, Hawaii as if I was alone with myself and my thoughts.”

Entry #11 – Giulia from Travel Reportage

“This Bedouin kid was lost in his thoughts, while his father chatted with some other tribesmen. He looks so cute and innocent.”

Entry #12 – Cosmo from Ferreting Out the Fun

“A young monk lost in his studies. I found him sitting quietly behind a table in a busy temple in Chiang Mai, never once breaking his concentration despite the dozens of tourists walking by.”

Entry #13 – David & Veronica from The Gypsy Nester

“Llamas pretty much have the run of Machu Picchu. The nimble buggers are everywhere, hiking side-by-side with visitors, stubbornly blocking paths and standing around looking pensive.”

Entry #14 – Emma from Gotta Keep Movin’

“A bunch of kitties at an animal shelter in Peru I’m working at. They all hang around the same place every day, daydreaming as they’re waiting to be fed. I love how they’re all pensively staring off into the distance.”

Entry #15 – Greg from Adventures of a Good Man

“The sun had just peeked out above the tree line and I was surrounded by 12,999 monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In a few minutes, they would begin a procession to receive alms from thousands of devotees who had lined the street well-before dawn. For now, these monks were waiting patiently and some even passed the time by taking photographs of the scene and their friends.”

Entry #16 – Christy from Ordinary Traveler

“The Girl in the Red Dress: We saw this girl all alone in Dhading, Nepal. Our guide was speaking to her in Nepalese, but she didn’t respond. She just stared at us with wide eyes. We gathered that she lived in the house down below (in the left of the photo) but it still amazed me that she was wondering alone. It’s such a different world than what we are used to!”

Entry #17 – Lilliane from Wanderlass

“A thoughtful giant Galapagos Tortoise…probably thinking of the evolution the last 150years.”

Entry #18 – Cailin from Travel Yourself

“An elderly Indonesian woman sits with her thoughts as she sells snake fruit along the side of the road in East Java Indonesia.”

Entry #19 – Suzanne from The Travel Bunny

“This elderly woman could be found selling souvenirs on the river at Hoi An – she looks so sad and I often wonder what she was thinking about.”

Entry #20 – Marky from Nomadic Experiences

“Old Man in Baguio.”

Entry #21 – Jade from Our Oyster

“This photo was taken in New Zealand of my ex while on the Routeburn Great Walk on the South Island. I find the easiest way to become lost in thought, is while in the presence of nature – you just don’t get the same feelings when in the city.”

Volunteering in Ecuador

Below you’ll find the photo essay that I submitted to a National Geographic photo journal competition over at WorldNomads.

The Introductory Essay
Photos often capture a single moment in time, but great photos have the ability to tell an evolving story. Exceptional photography reveals a continuum in the subject’s past, present and future, and becomes an art when it invites the viewer to feel and contemplate the scene within.

By American standards my family isn’t wealthy, but I learned the relativity of wealth while traveling. I gained a new perspective by living with some of the two billion people who survive on a dollar a day. After these tremendous experiences, my attending university, teaching English in China, and buying a nice camera suddenly felt like astounding privileges that many people only dream of. The beauty of travel is the people that we meet along the way. Everyone has a story to tell, and particularly in the ‘Global South,’ these stories inevitably center around the improvement of their own lives.

Before entering a developing country, I try to understand their political and economic development. What have they already achieved and how do they want to continue advancing? Have they been able to help themselves, or are they dependent on outsiders for assistance? My natural interest in observing human transformation led me to study anthropology where I learned when and how it was appropriate to participate in social and economic change.

When I arrive in a new country, my camera snaps freely during my first interactions with the new host culture. The excitement of photography is in the simultaneous development in front of the lens and behind the viewfinder. A camera is an intersection of change between a photographer’s internal transformation and the unfolding human saga in the larger world.

My camera is an ever-present companion in my travels, but I feel as if we are still becoming acquainted. With it in-hand during particularly spectacular moments, I feel blessed at the opportunity to share a piece of the diversity, beauty and strife that we collectively create. Travel photography is the best and only way that I know how to educate and inspire positive action in myself and in others.

The Photo Essay

Welcome to Ganquis, a town located in the high cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes. Although the town has a dirt road connecting it to a highway about an hour away, it is very rural, not even appearing on most maps. The children’s faces are chapped because it takes around 15 years for their skin to adapt to the chilly, windy environment.

We came to Ganquis as a group of students from university associated through Engineers Without Borders. Ten months prior to our arrival in Ecuador was a period of intense planning since our project involved sophisticated engineering. It isn’t easy to design a gravity-fed water system that descends nearly 3,000 vertical feet of steep Andean mountains. The force behind the water would have literally ripped the system apart without pressure break tanks like this one.

Although we applied our technical skills and labor to the system, the locals soon showed us who was boss. I felt that I was making a formidable accomplishment as I hauled a 100lb. bag of concrete around the mountain at 14,000 feet above sea level until I was passed by a man about half my size carrying two bags! This picture captures a local woman in a rare moment of repose.

These two women, Maria and Consuela, faithfully prepared an early breakfast for us before we set out and a tasty dinner after we returned from working on the system. Even though they had grown up in Ganquis and understood the material luxuries of a life in the city, they have chosen to stay in the village and focus on family life.

One of the central ideas behind our project’s goal of sustainability is that the village should be self-reliant in the construction and repairs of the water system. This crew became the first to construct a tap stand on their own. As the concrete dries, their confidence and happiness exudes from bringing clean drinking water to Ganquis for the first time.

Thanks for reading.
You can see a couple more photos from my EWB trip to Ecuador HERE.

Taiwan (Photos)

Superior to mainland China in every respect that I can dream up. Taiwan escaped the wrath of Mao and has a lot to show for it: beautiful mountains and beaches, great cuisine, friendly and civilized people, efficient transportation, and fun nightlife in the north. Great place to see!

The Philippines (Photos)

With so many incredible islands, fantastic dive sites, endless outdoor activities and relatively high level of English, the Philippines is a country that shouldn’t be missed by anyone!

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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
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