Viva Espana

Madrid Madrid is freaking awesome. Despite once again wandering for an hour before finding my damn hostel, my time here was far less stressful. From the airport I arrived in the famous Plaza de la Sol in the center of the city and was immediately in love. In Spain, things are calm, laid back, sunny …

Culture Shock

Brussels

I landed at the Cherleroi - Brussels airport, about an hour’s drive outside of the city (another little RyanAir head fake, as they don’t mention that the airports they fly are typically an hour or more further than the city’s “main” airport). Here I was picked up by Arend Jan, an awesome Dutch guy who …

Keeping India With Me

Having been staying in the accommodation directly across from the Mountain Cleaners office, I was the unofficial MC secretary by the time I left, taking messages, collecting donations, writing notes and directing potential volunteers. I could have gone full-time, which I think Tashi would have welcomed. Unfortunately though the world awaited and I had to …

Feeling Fear

Having decided to stay in India, I spent a few of the days following Triund kicking around in Dharamsala and deciding where I would go from there. I’d checked into the same guest house as Sunny, Baba, Raj and the rest of the guys and was enjoying being there.  Since I had some more time …

Seek and Destroy

I woke up to another beautiful sunrise in MacLeodGanj. After breakfast and buying my bus ticket for the next day, I met up with the Mountain Cleaners. Also, check out this video to see a little more about what they do.  I found the crew in the Bhagsu taxi stand/parking lot. Tashi, the Project Manager …