It’s our last couple hours in Batad, the remote village in Luzon’s northern mountains. I’ve been taking photos on my own. Taking in my favorite details of this beautiful culture. I head back to Ramon and Scotty, to find that my wildest dreams are being realized. We get to play dress up with Scotty! Ramon explains that many people in the area still wear traditional dress. With enthusiasm, he dresses us in some of his and his family’s clothing. Scotty and I are there for his amusement. He dresses Scotty as a tribal chief, a warrior and a Mumbaki/Shaman. I am dressed as his wife. Read more
The ancient walls are cracked, the tile worn, but the air is fresh and new. He leans in for a forbidden kiss.
Healing can come from the simplest places. Observing animals can be as centering as a meeting with a prestigious guru.
KSL News heard about my experiences in Turkey & interviewed me a couple days ago. Here’s the piece they did on me:
and here’s the blog post I wrote about it.
Teenagers in Ankara, Turkey are far too fun. We spent the day talking with 16 & 17 year-olds, and wished we could spend longer. It was endless energy for about four hours.
Some experiences open pathways in your heart and mind that are seldom talked about. One of mine took place in a tiny Filipino village. Batad is a tiny village in Northern Luzon in the Philippines. There is only way in, starting with a Jeepney to Banaue, the bigger town. Read more
Watching a skilled climber is watching an artist. Meet Ananas, a master climber of Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand.
“Hannah!” I look up to see Ananas dangling with one hand. I’ve never seen anyone climb that way. His movements are delicate and liquid. He has climbed down a horn and dangles over the water. Without rope or shoes, he is joy untethered.
Deep water soloing is climbing without ropes over water. With Ananas (or Folk) our guide we met Megan and Ryan from Colorado. They were nature lovers, and thinking about moving after Ryan’s graduation. They remarked that we were alike, and asked us about what it was like living in Utah. They were quite sure that though the area was beautiful they wouldn’t get along with Mormons, Read more
This fruit is a mix of chicken, mangos & garlic, but what I’m having a hard time getting past is the texture of raw animal fat. This is one of the oddest experiences of my life, & I’m trying enjoy it.
Scotty and I are white. I have never been more aware of this than in the past 72 hours. What’s stranger is being instantly ‘cool’ here. We are a walking sitcom. If anyone from home feels down, or invisible, I highly recommend a walk through any ol’ market in the Philippines. Read more