Posts Tagged ‘Festivals’
 
 
 
Adventure
 
Taliban Grimace-2
Taliban Grimace-2
Taliban Grimace-2

Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

Tweet A man with a machine gun has been following me for the last five days. His name is Zia, and he is very, very shy, especially for a man with a machine gun. He first started shadowing me in the town of Chitral, near the end...
 
 
Bizarre
 
Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4

Grandma Fang’s Vomit Cabin Experience for Authentic Travelers

Tweet “That’s too touristy,” shouted Jon, stabbing a spring roll with his chopstick and dunking it in fish sauce. “It can’t be that bad,” I shrugged. The Sapa Valley I’d seen in brochures was a bucolic paradise. It promised ver...
 
 
Bizarre
 
Kazakh Eagle Festival-2
Kazakh Eagle Festival-2
Kazakh Eagle Festival-2

A Steppe Too Far?: Eagle Hunters, Cultural Darwinism, and Getting Banned in Kazakhstan

Tweet At 4:27PM, on the afternoon of October 29th, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance in Almaty, informing me that Backpackology has been banned in Kazakhstan. When my initial laughter subsided, my amusement faded into c...
 

 
Adventure
 
Kidnapped in Alipur-1
Kidnapped in Alipur-1
Kidnapped in Alipur-1

Kidnapped in Alipur

Tweet I find it ironic, and embarrassingly hypocritical, that not even a week after I ranted about how you should never get into cars with strangers, I turned around and did exactly that. It was noon, and the heat of June shimm...
 
 
Culture
 
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Kalash Joshi-15
Kalash Joshi-15

The Joshi Festival

Tweet Laughing in the face of Travel Warnings and a threat from the Taliban, I head north into Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to visit the indigenous Black Kalash Tribe and to see their annu...
 
 
Adventure
 
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1

Gods Amongst Men

Tweet Late one night several years ago, while drunkenly sprawled out on my couch, flicking through a slog of 2AM infomercials and overly-lit diabetes PSAs, I caught a documentary about holy men in southern India, men who would ...
 

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14

Holi Moly! Do or Dye!

Tweet Suresh Mehta screamed as his tiny feet pounded over hot sand, sprinting across the beach to the protection of his older sister. I thundered after him with my fist raised, eyes twinkling with vengeance, my entire body spla...