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Thanksgiving and what I’m thankful for!

I’ve been meaning to write more, but right now life has turned a bit topsy turvy again. Plans have gone out of the window. But life kind of tends to be that way for me, I’ve noticed.

So just because it’s Thanksgiving today, I decided to look back on the last 10 years and my travels and adventures. Just for fun.

It was hard to choose of course, but here are a few highlights. I definitely have a lot to be thankful for! 

2008
My first experience at self supported cycling through the state of Goa
A glimpse of the working life of women in rural Kerala on a photography assignment

A young kid along with his grandfather in a sunflower field in Karnataka

2009
More explorations of Kerala on a bike recce trip for Muddy Boots, which has now become a major player in adventure tourism

2010
More explorations of rural Karnataka – spent many happy hours on my trusty Trek cycle with wonderful friends

2011
A time to chill and a beautiful hike during a stay at Linger’s property in Balur, Karnataka

Discovering San Francisco’s Mission & Valencia districts during my first trip to the US

2012
A quaint new town called Tharangamvadi in Tamil Nadu and a view of the Neemrana property 

Enjoying this beautiful resort in Pondicherry while attending a communications conference

2013
Sleepy times in Goa

The gorgeous property, Arco Iris (now a Neemrana property), where we spent time, eating and chilling out

Discovering a whole new world underwater in the stunningly beautiful Andaman islands with Dive India

Sweeping views of the coastal town of Malaga, Spain during my Europe backpacking trip

2014
Another great opportunity to experience food, culture and people of Kerala on the Blog Express


2015
Landing in the United States and heading north to Washington state and the beautiful Olympic National Park

Reflections of Mt Rainier on a beautiful day
San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate bridge on a cloudy day

2016
Traveled to North Carolina and spent a week attending a ceramics course at Penland

2017
Snow in Wisconsin and meeting with an artist friend from Penland; the view of the frozen lake from her backyard!

An opportunity to travel to LA and view the iconic Hollywood sign

A road trip to Utah where we spent nearly 10 days visiting several National Parks and hiking some amazingly tough and diverse terrain

2018
The new year started with visiting friends in Tampa, Florida and attending a Adventure Cycling tour leader course

Happy hours spent attending a workshop at La Ceramique, with the porcelain guru Fritz Rossman, in Cordes-sur-Ciel, France

A life changing hike (and a wake-up call of sorts) around Mont Blanc, walking through Switzerland, France and Italy

This Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? 

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