On Being a Yosemite Virgin

I was heading out to Yosemite National Park this weekend to celebrate Eid al-Adha with the cousins. This is my sixth National Park camping trip this year. Its been incredibly glorious experience with adventure! And this particular trip, coupled with Zion in the later part of summer, have been a bit nostalgic. There was a time whereContinue reading “On Being a Yosemite Virgin”

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Whispers from Atitlan, Zion on the Horizon

There was a lot swirling in my head as I sat behind the wheel of the SUV driving in the dark. At that moment a list was forming of all the things I had to take care of when I got back from this camping adventure. But it was hard to focus on the futureContinue reading “Whispers from Atitlan, Zion on the Horizon”

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NYC: A Tourist Attempts to Escape the Crush of Humanity

…or my failed attempt to get some alone time in New York City. One thing that I just don’t get about New Yorkers is how they can live with so many people all the time. I found it taxing to constantly be in a sea of people, having to find myself thrust into their conversationsContinue reading “NYC: A Tourist Attempts to Escape the Crush of Humanity”

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Sorting Out this Travel Experience from Central America

Why am I going on this trip to Central America? I keep asking myself this question over and over again. I promised to be reflective, as an act of worship as much as an act of internal probing about this trip. I came to the conclusion that I don’t need to justify this trip inContinue reading “Sorting Out this Travel Experience from Central America”

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On The Politics of Small Business

I was traveling in Honduras, Guatemala, and Chiapas, Mexico, finding individuals who were making a living in entreprenuering ways. Much of this was done outside of the official economy, and it was everywhere, yet this was a “business culture” not unlike the one we have in the United States. What set the two places apartContinue reading “On The Politics of Small Business”

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A Prayer from Central America

I carried a prayer with me during my travels throughout Central America this summer. One of the teachings of the Prophet is that the prayers of a traveller are accepted, if their trip is with good intentions, so I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. I prayed the prayer for the soul inContinue reading “A Prayer from Central America”

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Devil’s Punchbowl and Frozen Chaos

A hike, a year in the making (and a blog post nine months later, yikes)! This adventure was originally accomplished back in 2009 by Ameechi and me. We originally were going to mountain bike the crap out of the trail. Naive were we, because neither one of us had mountain biked (like ever); and, worse,Continue reading “Devil’s Punchbowl and Frozen Chaos”

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Two Books- Zen and Ocean- While in Central America

Ambitious was I, on my adventure in Central America, to finish two books, I did decide. If past performance could predict future results then my NYC and New England trips would indicate that I would fail at finishing either of the two books I chose to take to Central america. In my defense, I was onContinue reading “Two Books- Zen and Ocean- While in Central America”

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On the Art of Reflection: Or, After Guatemala

“My action item when I get back home from Central America is to force myself to reflect,” I had triumphantly shared to the Delegation group in our last wrap up reflection session right before my early morning departure from Guatemala City. But in my mind, as I sit on the flight back to LAX, IContinue reading “On the Art of Reflection: Or, After Guatemala”

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Books to Read Before Your Guatemala Vacation

  Reading lists and I are like the Supreme Court and the Constitution (here), so any organization that takes me around meeting amazing folks and sharing wonderful things and analysis about Guatemala, AND puts together a reading list on the country, gets lots of brownie points from me. Said organization is CEDEPCA- Protestant Center forContinue reading “Books to Read Before Your Guatemala Vacation”

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