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Nepal Earthquake Survival Story: Day 2 (with photos)

In Asia, Featured Posts, Jesse's Journal, Narrative Essay, Nepal, Photojournalism by Jesse Anderson1 Comment

This is part 2 of my 3 part series sharing my experiences during the Nepal earthquake. Click here for part 1. April 26, 2015: One day after the Nepal earthquake I opened my eyes in the little hotel room in Kathmandu, took in a breath and stretched. Sunshine poured through the window and shone on a crooked painting hanging on the …

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Nepal Earthquake Survival Story: Part 1 (with photos)

In Asia, Featured Posts, Jesse's Journal, Narrative Essay, Nepal by Jesse Anderson7 Comments

This was posted on the anniversary of the April 25, 2015 Nepal Earthquake, to the minute. For over fifty million years, Earth’s tectonic plates have shaped the continents we travel today. When the Indian plate collided with the Eurasian plate, the Himalayan mountain range was born. As India pushes into China today, the Himalayas rise one centimeter per year. Deep below the mountains, …

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How NOT to do a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Course

In Asia, Inspiration, Jesse's Journal, Nepal, Personal development by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

What is a Vipassana meditation course? Vipassana meditation is a specific technique originally mastered and taught by the Buddha two and a half centuries ago. It’s now taught at 10-day residential courses all over the world. These courses are the only way to learn Vipassana. Once committing to the entire ten days, students take an oath to abide by five …

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A Few Observations From My First Month in India

In Culture, India, Jesse's Journal, Social Commentary, Travel Stories by Jesse Anderson2 Comments

After a few hours in India it became clear that I was in for an experience much more vivid than any image books and films painted in my mind. Flashing scenes of street vendors, potent smells of food and waste, and cluttered sounds of activity and traffic all bombarded my senses. One thing went through my mind one scene after …

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My Reverse New Year’s Resolutions

In Inspiration, Jesse's Journal by Jesse Anderson0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but I am not a champion at fulfilling New Year’s resolutions. Maybe it’s because I am not that good at setting them. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Since there are those resolutions that seem to be on the list year after year, like get in shape, I wondered if it was possible that I was …