Category Archives: Backpacking & Long-term travel

What You Take Is What You Need

Just give me a backpack, and about 40 lbs of essentials, and I might just be able to make a life anew. I’ve done it before.

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The Security of a First Aid Kit

In retrospect, the first-aid kit is a symbol. It is the traveler’s need for control in advance, to be able to mitigate what is probably the most scary thing about travel; the fear of helplessness.

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The Family in Haridwar (2)

The family in Haridwar had given me the courage to try, even though my own culture said I wasn’t “ready” to have a family.

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Return to Ithaca

Share  Ithaca, by Constantine P. Cavafy (1911) When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. The Laestrygonians and the Cyclops, … the angry Poseidon — do not … Continue reading

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