Category Archives: travel friends

Southern Finland: refugee camp, beautiful wild camping, & home of the sauna

On my birthday I caught the ferry across the Gulf of Finland from Estonia to Finland. We were greeted by swarms of seagulls swooping and diving to get a close look at the newcomers. I rode off the ferry under … Continue reading

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Brutal Ulak Tartysh horse battle with sheep carcass @ Kyrgyzstan Independence Day, Russian concert, & vodka

The timing was perfect for coming into Bishkek with Kyrgyzstan’s Independence Day being celebrated on August 31st. A famous tradition on this day is the national game of Ulak Tartysh (Kok Boru). It’s similar to polo, except a bit more … Continue reading

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Painted nails, hospital snakes, goodbyes, & armed police escort to airport

For my last few days in the hospital they moved me to a regular ward. It was kind of sad to leave my nurses from the Vip ward, but they came to visit me whenever they could. Also, I had … Continue reading

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My nurses, hospital family, & getting my hair did

My first ten days in the hospital were spent in the vip ward. Most of this time I was flat on my back feeling paralyzed by the pain from my spinal headache. I memorized the entire ceiling. There were some … Continue reading

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Surgery & being a zoo animal

In the beginning I thought I might end up having to be in the hospital for a few days, but I had to give up those hopes. That first day, I was still thinking I would just heal up in … Continue reading

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Indian markets

One of the best parts of India is wandering through a local market and sending your senses into overdrive. In India, no matter the time of day, you will find people selling, bartering, and cooking. The smells in the air … Continue reading

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Assam weed & wash, Meghalaya, Cherrapunji family, Khasi & Garo hills

The guys that I met in Jorhat gave me a phone number of a guy to call when I reached Guwahati, which is a big city in central Assam. Supposedly he would be able to help me with everything I … Continue reading

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Assam, rhinos n’ elephants, & Indian love

Coming out of the hills and into the state of Assam is like entering a new country. It felt like coming into India from SE Asia for a second time. Everything became colorful and vibrant, loud and confusing, and new … Continue reading

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Nagaland, opium dens, tiny people, & insane roads out of the hills

Riding through the hills is full of all types of encounters. Villagers are hard at work everywhere I go. Groups of old guys saw big pine trees into boards on custom platforms. They use massive saws with one guy above … Continue reading

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Mae Hong Son Loop, bungalows, & travel friendships

From Chiang Mai I had a week before needing to be at the Mae Sot border to cross into Myanmar. The Mae Hong Son loop (route 8) is a ride in the very northwest of the country and is always … Continue reading

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