Kyrgyzstan? Where Is That…and Why Are You Going There?

July 7 – 14, 2018

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.”

-John Muir

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No Big Deal. One Month in Israel

May 3, 2018

A soldier is sitting next to me. He has a loaded machine gun, and it’s no big deal. A month ago this would have scared the hell out of me. Now it’s no more unique than the man sitting across from us with a briefcase in his lap, on his way to work. The soldier too is at Continue reading “No Big Deal. One Month in Israel”

How Does it Feel to Be Home?

June 30 – Aug 20, 2017

Thirty hours of travel and I arrived back home to Colorado, into the engulfing, spine adjusting, bear hug embrace of an old friend who absolutely would not take “No” for an answer when asked if I needed a ride from the airport. “Well, I won’t be the only person to ask you this, but at least I’ll be the first. How does it feel to be home?”, Sara Continue reading “How Does it Feel to Be Home?”

Leaving the Tibetan Plateau and Waking Up In a Chinese City

July 20 – 25, 2017

“Ok, ok…I can see you’re upset…but WHAT IS IT, MAN?” my voice now slightly elevated, reflecting the agitation from being woken up for the 5th time by this guy. This time, with the flash light from his iPhone beaming me in the eye, jolting me out of a slumber at 230am. A Chinese man in his 40’s, of slight build with a pot belly and sporting a tank top, Continue reading “Leaving the Tibetan Plateau and Waking Up In a Chinese City”

“Celebrate We Will…” One Last Dance On the Tibetan Plateau

May 28 – June 9, 2017

Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for certain
We’re climbing two by two
To be sure these days continue
These things we cannot change

                                                                                   “Two Step” by Dave Mathews

I remember growing up in Michigan, when I was probably 8 years old, and my grandma would tell me that I had to wait 30 minutes after eating before going swimming. Continue reading ““Celebrate We Will…” One Last Dance On the Tibetan Plateau”

Are You Gonna Eat That? Learning Chinese Food 101

“You’re a vegetarian? You’re gonna starve,” nonchalantly quipped my friend Ellen. She is an American from Ohio who traveled through this region of Eastern Tibet for a year by bike in 2011 and has been calling Shanghai home ever since. I came across her blog in early 2015 when I was researching routes for my trip and reached out to her for insight. “Even the Tibetan monks eat some nasty shit.” It’s true, if you don’t say “Boo yao rou (I Continue reading “Are You Gonna Eat That? Learning Chinese Food 101”

…Including the Kitchen Sink. Chasing the Pot of Gold in Nyempo Jurtse

May 25-27, 2017

“There is a trekking trail that goes through this region named Nyempo Jurtse. I don’t know if we can cycle it.  Worst case, if the trail ends, we just push our bikes over the pass. It’s only about 1,000 vertical feet. We’ll need to pack food for 3 days. What do you think?” Continue reading “…Including the Kitchen Sink. Chasing the Pot of Gold in Nyempo Jurtse”

The Tibetan Plateau: Into the Great Wide Open

May 10 – 23, 2017

“Into the great wide open
Under them skies of blue
Out in the great wide open
A rebel without a clue”

Tom Petty

I have not seen a shower (or running water), a mirror, a hotel, or even a tree in nearly 2 weeks. I have subsisted almost entirely on instant noodles. Whenever I happen to find yogurt, I eat it like its my job. Last week I found a pineapple and about lost my mind. A rebel without a clue. Fact: I did not have a clue what was I getting into. I just knew that I Continue reading “The Tibetan Plateau: Into the Great Wide Open”