Archive for November, 2009

Jetlag is a bitch

Monday, November 30th, 2009

There’s nothing quite like hitting a several walls throughout the day to make you feel useless.

After a 30+ hour journey, I was all-too-pleased to devour a delicious take-away meal from Kailash Parbat, what is apparently a Mumbai legend – and akb and my new favorite Indian restaurant (so good we returned for breakfast.) As auspicious as this midnight snack seemed, however, the next couple of days dealt with the delirious reality of jet lag.

It’s amazing how easily I fall into patterns of self-criticism, especially around the need to feel productive. While traveling, this manifests itself in needing to explore as much as possible; to check items off the travel book list; to spend each precious second seeing, tasting, experiencing new things.

Nobody needs to tell me that this is a fallacy. My other strong, and contradictory, personality trait is that of the flâneur — after all, i am happiest when wandering around without a rigid agenda. Still, the self-critic manifests itself whenever he senses weakness, and jet lag is a time when judgment falters and senses play tricks.

I know this to be true. And, i pledge to ease up, give myself (and my partner) a break. I don’t need to maximize my time on the mountain all the time, much less when i’m not on the mountain. Acclimation, rest, taking it easy. Om shanti, yadda yadda, om.

Lastly, allow me to acknowledge that jet lag is also a malady of privilege. I have so little to complain about in my life (though i do), and nowhere is this more evident than here in India. I have steeled myself in preparation for what I would see here. Namely, the terrible contrasts and discrepancies in the realities of life here. To see it all so easily, as a white, wealthy, healthy Westerner. To visit the Taj Hotel of $500/night rooms and manicured lawns and swimming pool, then to see the conditions that so many live in right past the city center… It’s a trite observation that hardly needs my voice, and i’ve just blogged it. This is privilege.

Let me not forget it.

And we’re off… soon

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

After a full day of packing and cleaning house for our subletter, akb and I are at SFO. With (waaay too much) time to spare, sushi is on the menu for our last stateside meal (of 2009). Yum, Ebisu. [And, what better way to waste this extra time than by posting a silly blog post from the jebusphone.]

Bye bye SF. We lurv you.

Vagabonding: Resurrection

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Hello, readers. It’s been too long.

Since my last update, much has happened: trips to Brazil, London, Northern California and Poland; finding a loving and lovely partner, kitten adoption; and a renewed focus on photography — including taking fantastic workshops, doing event work, and updating my portfolio site.

I am happy to announce that a trip is in the works. My incredible girlfriend, Allison, and I are headed to southern India and Sri Lanka for a couple of months.

Thus, I just might dust off this space and share photos, thoughts and ramblings. In the meantime, I’ll be cleaning this site up and taking the new WP for a ride (I’m writing this update on my iPhone as a test!) Stay tuned.