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Some Happy HCC Orphans This past week has been a whirlwind of activity, starting with the short but beautiful flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal in the Himalayas to stay at Swami Vedant’s Osho ashram. To Kathmandu After three more days of R&R, we returned to Kathmandu where we met up with Bruce Keenan, a friend and founder of Himalayan Children’s Charities, a non-profit foundation that has an orphanage in that city. The kids were great. While none of the small children were there  (they are sent to boarding school during the school year because of space limitations at the... (Read More ...)

Soma and I hopped a Buddha Air flight in Kathmandu.  Destination: the Osho Ashram in Pokhara, also run by Swami Arun.  This place is a little more isolated and sparsely populated, but beautiful.  I see why Pokhara is such a popular destination for climbers and Trekkers. Unfortunately, the cloud cover kept us from getting some good shots of the Himalayan peaks that showed themselves rarely while we were there. Osho Ashram, Pokhara Nepal   Multi-species Rest Rooms View from kitchen Osho in PoKhara    (Read More ...)

The brief layover in London last Tuesday went exceedingly well, and afforded Brigitte (Soma) and I the opportunity to take in a bit of this International city.  By evening, we arrived at London-Heathrow Airport and settled in for another night flight to New Delhi, where we would connect to yet another flight, this time to Nepal. Arriving in Delhi in the morning (Sept. 16) was like landing on Mars, except there were a LOT more people, odors and chaos.  We had to quickly get our transit Visas and fly to Kathmandu , arriving  two hours later. The weather was like it was when we left Atlanta –... (Read More ...)

Our Delta flight leaves for London on Monday night at 8:40 pm from Atlanta.  Brigitte and I plan to travel light, so we’ll be catching a ride from our house-sitter to the local MARTA train station around 5 pm. This will take us directly to the airport in plenty of time to go through security. This first layover is 12 hours before our flight to Delhi, so we plan to take in some of the sights . . . including riding the hop-on-hop-off bus tours and, of course, High Tea! Come with us over the next 5 weeks as we take in the sights and sounds of the UK, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka… and... (Read More ...)

Ever have a vacation dream… and then it finally comes true?  We did.  In fact, its happening this month.  We are finally going to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka!! The Story Back in 1987, both my wife Soma and I – who were not married to each other at the time – were both in Asia at roughly the same time.  She had gone to India to be with her guru Osho, and I had traveled with my then-wife Carol and a small group to Sri Lanka to study acupuncture and work in a local hospital. That time was magical for both of us, and we vowed to return. Since that time, we have made regular plans... (Read More ...)

Earthquake Relief Recently I got a mailing from Bruce and Susan Keenan, founders of the Himalayan Children’s Charities (HCC) – the foundation for whom I’d been riding a unicycle for years until my sudden accident.  They reported good news about the city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas still recovering from the recent devastation: Here is the HCC Letter Reprinted: At the end of the first week after the earthquake, our HCC students are all doing well.   So far, HCC has raised over $11,000 toward the relief efforts in Nepal.  Thank you to all that have donated!!!   To date,... (Read More ...)