Om Mani Padme Hum

Recently, on a trip to India with my girlfriend I went to a state known as Sikkim, a small Himalayan kingdom which joined the republic in 1975.  The culture is very different than the rest of India, with Tibetan Buddhism being the predominant religion and significantly more Tibetan, Nepali, and Chinese influence overall.  It was…

Journey to the land of Ice and Lava

A narrow band of color, runs its joyous way from the red orange of the dawn of night to the cool blueish green of the oceans beginning. I can’t breathe, but not because the air is thin or because my lungs ache, but because I realize that only when two beds of clouds seperate me…

Orient Point Bike Ride

This Monday I went on what was to be my longest bike ride yet, and first overnight ride: Babylon to Orient Point.  Reaching the end of long island had long been on my list of intermediate adventure goals, in my mind somewhat of a stepping stone to being more extended bike trip capable.  However,  on a…

A Re-Enlivening Weekend at Home

It was a colorful, sunny day heading back up to my hometown of Manlius in upstate New York this weekend. My brother was graduating from Cornell University, and from the moment I stepped off the bus in Syracuse I couldn’t help but be reminded of all the living that had happened in this same place…

Trip to Yosemite

Departing before dawn to a land of endless sunshine, rays that serve to remind me of those spots inside my mind. Spots that shift on the glowing surface and taint the light, tempered and dissolved for a moment at the sight of that valley.   In this land before and beyond thoughts of time we…

Qatar

Recently I just returned from a summer lab rotation in the middle eastern state of Qatar, at Weill Cornell’s campus.  It was my first time in the middle east and it was quite the eye opener. For people who don’t know too much about the area, it’s basically a flat peninsula of sand, dirt and…

Far Side of the World (First India Experience)

Orange lanterns bleed into these quiet streets, and into the exposed face of my mind. A sanctuary indeed, for a lone foreigner immersed in a chaotic land. The sounds of dogs barking, with their politics in the back alleys and of people honking with their politics in the busy streets. Such is the quagmire of…

Little Falls

Mini monolith before me By my nature i’m swept slowly up upon the cold rough thigh of this land Half way to top out I perch calmly upon the crack of the wall, untethered and ungrounded. A warm feeling of fullness fills my belly and tickles my brain, a brief disconnection from the famaliar land…