Running Off a Cliff in Nepal: Better Known as Paragliding

Paragliding Pokhara Nepal

I ran across the street in the downpour of rain. Within seconds my entire outfit was soaked. My friends and I all looked at each other and laughed while everyone in the bar was dry. The rain pounded the roof so loud, you almost couldn't hear the live band. If we were going to be stuck in the bar, we might as well make the most of it. After a couple of beers, a local man sat down, and I was introduced. My friends knew so many people in Nepal that it seemed crazy.

I'd been looking for a...

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Bungee Jumping at the 9th Highest Bungee in the World

Bungee Bungy Jump Nepal The Last Resort

The sound of screams echo in the distance. The ground beneath me moves, just slightly, bouncing up and down like a gentle wave. I’m a firm believer that the wait is always the worst part. Those excruciatingly long moments right before you do something really brave. Those few seconds can feel like an eternity. Both of my hands are planted firmly on either side of the narrow suspension bridge, my knuckles turning white from gripping for too long. My breath has steadied, but the line in front...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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Snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Penida

snorkeling in nusa lembongan cenigan penida

The boat hits a wave, and suddenly, we're airborne. Everyone gasps in unison, grasping for whatever they can hold onto. The boat tips to the right, and finally, lands back on the water evening itself out. We all brace ourselves for the next wave, and when it comes, it's even bigger than the last. This is not what I signed up for. I look at my mom, who hates the water, and she looks miserable. We'd expected a nice calm...

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Surviving the Mt. Rinjani Summit in Indonesia

Mt Rinjani Summit Trek Indonesia Lombok

It’s 2:00am and the clatter of groggy people moving around half asleep fills the air. The word coffee is whispered multiple times, and a bright flashlight shines into my cozy tent. It’s time to get up. I’m wearing as many clothes as I have with me, and it’s still freezing. With my headlamp on, I look around. Today, me and about a hundred other tourists will try to summit Mt. Rinjani.

Mt. Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. It stands at 12,224 feet....

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Finding My Truth in 10 Days of Silence

finding my truth in 10 days of silence

Originally, I had planned to write a guide of what a silent retreat is like based on the day-to-day activities. You can read about that here, but I don’t think a guide could ever prepare someone for what a silent retreat is really like. Almost everyone I spoke to before leaving wanted me to update them on how it went, and there’s really no way to put it into just a few words. No brief explanation could ever sum up the pain, the joy, the irrational anger, or ultimately what I...

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Learning Muay Thai aka Kicking People with My Shins

I'm officially making my mom proud by taking a class where I learn to kick some booty. I think the proper term would be "self defense", but that doesn't sound nearly as fun. Learning Muay Thai is probably one of the best workouts and therapy anyone could ask for. This form of martial arts originated in the 16th century during battles. One particular fighter was so great, that when he was captured they offered to let him fight for his freedom. After winning, he became famous and the style of...

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Learning the Ropes: The Chinese Fishing Nets in Cochin, India

I was hit with the distinct smell of fish that had been sitting in the sun too long as the ocean breeze whipped across my face. Combined with the shade from the canopy of trees above me, I almost remembered what it felt like to be cool. It was the first time since I arrived in India that the heat didn't hit me like a brick wall.

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Trekking from Kalaw to Inle Lake in Myanmar

I had read about a trek in Myanmar from Kalaw to Inle Lake while doing research. For some reason the idea of walking three days was not as appealing as taking a bus for a few hours, so I decided not to include it in my plans. After asking several people what their favorite part of their Myanmar trip was, the scale was leaning heavily in the direction of the Kalaw trek so, it made sense to experience it for myself.

The weird thing is, I really had no idea what the trek entailed. I...

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Exploring Thailands Second Longest Cave

My time in Pai has been, well, interesting. Arriving here is like stepping back in time. Women with dreads, kombucha on tap, and an array of vibrant color packed stores. In a country known for its modesty, the rules don't seem to apply here as westerners walk around in swimsuits, and oddly, the locals don't look appalled. Probably because the only locals here are business owners. It's as if I've entered California in the 70's or maybe Colorado in present times. My hostel is across from the...

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