The Wandering Life, circa 2010
While digging around my hard-drive, I happened upon these pictures from 2010 when my friend Erik and I hitch-hiked through Ladakh, a Tibetan speaking region in Jammu-Kashmir at the confluence of India, Pakistan and China.
Although we were ostensibly doing “research” as the culmination of our study abroad program, we were really two young guys trying to figure out what we wanted our lives to look like. Up until that point, traveling to Kathmandu and then on to Leh, Ladakh was the craziest thing I had done.
While we had quite a few close shaves (accidentally sneaking onto an Indian Army base, violent gastric distress in a monastery, getting benighted on a mountain, waiting on the sides of lonely desert roads for our next ride), I mostly remember the hospitality of locals who welcomed two smelly backpacker kids into their homes, just because it was late and we were lost.
I know whatever I do next in my life, I would like to relive the feeling of those times- we would come upon a new valley, and we would see things that didn’t seem like they belonged to the real world. And we would go to the next valley, and things would be even more crazy inspiring. We lived on very few dollars a day (many days were lived on one sweet roll from the local bakery) but I remember it as one of the happiest times of my life.
All the pictures below were taken by Erik during the trip.