2020 New Years in Japan recap

This year I celebrated New Year’s in Tokyo for the first time. We landed at Haneda on New Year’s Eve, stayed in the airport hotel, and over the next 10 days crossed about 2200km of the country. As I summed up on Twitter: 🏟️ 1 Olympic stadium 🚤 1 Hydrofoil ⛴️ 1 Ferry 🎂 2Continue reading “2020 New Years in Japan recap”

Cycles: 2019 Meditation retreat

For a third time I went on retreat to Birken, a Buddhist monastery in the Thai Forest tradition. I try to do retreats like this annually as a way to reset my meditation practice. Going up on Friday, we stayed three nights and enjoyed complete silence, 45m meditation sessions at least twice daily, and lotsContinue reading “Cycles: 2019 Meditation retreat”

Delhi and Agra — The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort

I had thought the roads in Mumbai were bad. The streets of Agra are less developed than Mumbai, and much less than Delhi. The current capital had the smooth, well-maintained roads befitting the nation’s capital of one of the world’s nuclear powers. The streets of the old Mughal capital of Agra were more reminiscent ofContinue reading “Delhi and Agra — The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort”

Mumbai — Opportunity and Diversity

Andheri is a neighbourhood of northern Mumbai, just past the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, a beautiful wood-panelled facility where white paisleyed pillars gently swirl up to the ceiling covered in a pattern meant to resemble the feathers of a peacock, the national bird of India. I had been in Mumbai for four days and wasContinue reading “Mumbai — Opportunity and Diversity”