Ferry Through the Backwaters of Kerala, India

My second stop in India was in the far south, where I went to the state of Kerala and spent some time in Kochi and Alleppey. This area was so different from Delhi, there was greenery and palm trees covering every inch of the countryside and overall it felt more relaxed than the bustling New Delhi. I took my first train in India and ended up on the wrong train, but it actually worked out better in the end and I got to take a ferry through the scenic backwaters to see some of Kerala’s famous countryside.

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A Walk Through New Delhi, India

I flew into New Delhi as my first stop in India and spent 5 days in the city. I was expecting it to be more overwhelming than any of the other places I’ve travelled to so far: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Nepal, but I don’t think anything could’ve prepared me for New Delhi. There was so much going on in the city, on every street, and for a first timer in India it was total sensory overload. The amount of people, culture, merchants, shops, traffic, poverty and pollution packed into this city was overwhelming for somebody coming from a place where you’d be lucky to see more than 2-3 people walking down the street at any one time. By the time I left Delhi I felt like I had gained a new perspective from having spent some time in a place so different from home.

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My Experience Flying Out of Lukla, the World's Most Dangerous (and Chaotic) Airport

The Lukla Airport is a small landing strip carved into the side of a mountain in the Himalayas, between other giant mountains. It is considered one of the world’s most dangerous airports because there is no room for errors takeoffs and landings due to the massive mountains that surround the airport on all sides and a runway that leads right off a steep cliff.

On top of the geographic hazards, the logistics of booking a flight out of this airport can be bewildering to foreigners and even the locals. There is a running joke amongst the people here that the airport runs on the ‘Nepali System’ or ‘Nepali Time’ and I never understood what that meant until I got delayed for 23 hours and spent a whole day watching the fascinating chaos that unfolds at the Lukla Airport.

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My Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Everest Base Camp was the only thing I had booked and planned for on this big trip before I left California. It was a magnificent 2 week trek full of challenges and experiences that pushed my limits. During my time on the mountain I set a lot of personal records: I went without any internet for 11 days, went without meat for 2 weeks, without a shower for 11 days, slept at 5164m (16,942ft) above sea level and reached 5364m (17,598ft) above sea level. I also walked the most I had ever walked and saw some of the most majestic mountains and valleys on earth, as I limped my way to and back from Everest Base Camp.

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Photo Journal of Kathmandu

I spent a total of 5 days in Kathmandu, before and after my Everest Base Camp Trek. It was the first place I went on my trip that was vastly different from home in terms of infrastructure and average wealth, and it really put into perspective how rich the US, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore were in comparison. Here’s a photo journal of my experiences in Kathmandu:

I stayed in Thamel which is the part of Kathmandu where all the lodging/hotels are and is considered the 'touristy' part. It was cleaner and more organized than the other parts of Kathmandu I saw later.

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A Slice of Home in Singapore

I spent about 10 days in Singapore. I was told that was quite a long time to spend as a tourist in Singapore, since the country is really small and you can feel like you’ve seen the city after about 4 days. However I was looking for something different there, I needed to slow down a bit and recenter myself after having been on the road for about a month and a half. I needed to find a slice of home away from home and rest there for a while and I found that in Singapore.

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Getting sick while solo traveling - My dungue fever scare

I’m spoiled to be from a place where I get a mosquito bite maybe once every 3-4 years, but now that I’m in a tropical area and will be traveling around in countries with some possibility of catching a nasty mosquito transmitted disease like dungue, I’m pretty careful of these suckers. So when I suddenly got 5 huge mosquito bites in Singapore, and started to feel sick afterwards, I got pretty worried.

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Singapore at Night

Some snapshots of my nighttime Singapore adventures. I got pretty lucky with the timing of my Singapore trip. I managed to catch a couple celebrations here completely by chance, including the 100th anniversary of the Marina Bay Barrage. I was also staying in Singapore’s Little India, which was extremely festive because I happened to be staying there during the lead up to Diwali.


My first night I walked over to Marina Barrage, a large dam at the mouth of Marina Bay, which had some good views of the city

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A Morning in Singapore

A photo journal of a walk I took around the Marina Bay area in Singapore. I got out at ~5am one morning, so I could see the busy metropolitan city during quieter hours and catch the sunrise over the city.


Took a taxi to Marina Bay in the morning around 5am in the morning. I was able to get there early enough to get a great photo of the city lights reflecting over the quiet morning waters in the bay before sun came up.

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My Week in Australia

I spent just a little over a week in Australia, which is not a lot of time to explore this huge country. I didn’t have much time here because I need to get to Nepal by November and I wanted to visit Singapore and slow down a bit there before I go do my 16 day long Everest Trek in Nepal.

I didn’t want to rush and try to see too much, so I gave myself 4 full days in Sydney, and 3 full days at Uluru (in the middle of the Australian outback). With this itinerary I figured I would have just enough time to explore and enjoy each place at my own pace with some wiggle room for improvisation.

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