my sabbatical journeys

Thursday, August 31, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017
Exploring some of the most spiritual places and people on Earth
The vast Tibetan territory is now part of Chinainfo-icon. This has not always been the case, as Tibetinfo-icon used to be a kingdom and later a quasi-independent Buddhist nation. Its people are amongst the most spiritual on this planet, treating their mountains and lakes as sacred ground. From books and movies, I’ve had a romantic idea of Tibet. Visiting Lhasainfo-icon with a friend, brought me back to reality.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Trekking with mixed feelings near the world’s highest mountain peaks
My associations with Nepalinfo-icon were very romantic. I expected lovely mountain villages and endless nature. Since the country has opened its borders, tourists are flooding in. Mountain trekking and adventure trips were commercialised. So, I hiked to one of those popular sights to gaze at an eight-thousander. In Nepal, I found stunning views but no heaven.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 to Wednesday, August 23, 2017
An exclusive trip through the Himalayan Mountain Kingdom
In a hectic world, Bhutaninfo-icon preserves its own marvels. Tucked away deep in the Himalayas, Bhutan is hard to get to. Its restrictive visa policy generally welcomes visitors but keeps tourism low. As a first-time visitor, I could only book a guided all-inclusive tour. Missing my freedom of movement, I tried my best to get closer to the people. In a few short days, I learned much about the Bhutanese cultures.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 to Friday, August 18, 2017
An extraordinary road trip through time, space, and hospitality
What does the world know about Bangladeshinfo-icon? Media reports tend to be one-sided and negative: political and religious tensions and a lot of textile production. This was not enough for me; I had to visit and explore Bangladesh myself. I visited a local friend whom I befriended online. It turned into a small but epic road trip from Dhakainfo-icon to Sundarbans. Bangladesh captured me!