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April

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Why I Got Pissed Off at Bhutan and the Subsequent Birth of ‘Adventure Travel Bhutan’

Before I headed out on my recent 4th trip to Bhutan to help put on the Bhutan International Marathon, I noticed I was a tad irritated and reticent. I was spending yet another big chunk of money and time going back to the same place in which I had already spent 6 months volunteering and roaming about. I’d see the same people and work with the same organization for an event that I believed had taken us much too long to bring to fruition. The sameness of it all just wasn’t my MO. And for that, I was feeling a bit, well, pissed off. A few months later, another soul-opening trip behind me and the silly pissed-off feeling in the [...]

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Category: Adventure

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February

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Negotiating a Blue Flame in a Soft Light Country

In a land of generally mild, courteous, tradition, I am told I play in fire. This isn’t new news to those that know me, nor unusual for a hard driving American, but it has been insinuated at various opportunities here in Bhutan and showed up directly after a meeting in Punakha last summer with all of the stakeholders for the Bhutan International Marathon (BIM). As we finished up official good byes and meandered into the parking lot, Karma leaned in and whispered with a gleam in his eye, “You are like fire.” Most of the larger organizational meetings I’ve attended via the Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) are productive yet polite affairs. Someone calmly and politely offers information and then requests [...]

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Category: Bhutan 2014

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January

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Appreciating Home through the Eyes of the Thunder Dragon

For us Westerners, the dragon tends to be the biggest and baddest of the bad guys. But in Buddhism the dragon symbolizes the power and dominance of compassion awakening us from delusion while heightening our communication practices—kinda like a wise, strong, tough-love friend who asks you (without asking) to live up to who you truly are.  So it’s always seemed fitting that a white dragon takes center stage on the Bhutanese flag, happily marrying the secular (yellow) and spiritual (orange) traditions in this predominantly Buddhist country.  But even under the auspices of this powerfully symbolic flag, both the King and the Prime Minister in Bhutan still deal in almost all the same human struggles that burden every other country. They [...]

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Category: Adventure/Reflection

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January

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The New Year: Brief Reflection on What Is

                As the New Year passes, most of us are optimistically motivated to generate fresh goals moving forward. Since I tend to be an advocate of endeavoring in this process consistently throughout the year, my thoughts through this past holiday and new year strayed more so toward whats right in front of me now—what already is. Here are just a quick couple of ‘what is’ that come to mind. I have a large, loving family of which I am the youngest sibling. By odds, large families have a larger propensity for challenging stuff to go down at any given time and mine has been tested as of late. Within the tough stuff we [...]

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Category: Inspiration

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November

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A Memorable Giving of Thanks

I’m not a big worshiper of a particular holiday, but I do enjoy reasons to gather with loved ones to give thanks and show appreciation for our amazing lives (and the mashed potatoes are pretty good too). So at a recent pre-holiday potluck we reflected on memorable Thanksgivings, and I was reminded of a doozy. Think Pilgrims “meaning well” when coming together with kind local Indians, and that will set the stage nicely… In the fall of 2011, our four-person expedition team and three-person film team were making our way across Bhutan trekking and mountain biking while shooting a documentary film. While the expedition itself was life-shifting, the film making and overseeing of the project in total, while on-the-fly, was [...]

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Category: Adventure

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October

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Expanding our Internal Rhythm Through Yoga

Since I was a kid I’ve been drawn to the intimate personal connection we can generate through movement. This internal, familiar, yet subconscious rhythm is part of what gets us up in the morning for that early morning run, a paddle on calm seas, or a pedal through the woods on our mountain bike. We plug into ourselves to set up our day. I used to think I could only find this rhythm while moving—until I started doing Iyengar yoga back in the late 80’s. And though I still prefer moving to holding a pose, I now know that regularly standing still, makes me feel even more in tune while in forward motion. Though I didn’t initiate a regular yoga [...]

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Category: Adventure

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endurance athlete..motivational speaker..writer..coach

Through her extensive international experience in ultra running, triathlon, adventure racing and mountaineering Terri Schneider has established herself as one of the most experienced multi-sport endurance athletes in the world. She has competed in 7 Eco-Challenge Expedition Competitions, the Raid Gauloises in Tibet and Nepal, 22 Ironman Triathlons, with three top five finishes at the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon World Championships. In addition to hundreds of other endurance events she’s completed 50, and 100 mile running races and 7 day endurance runs in the Sahara desert, Gobi Desert and Costa Rica.

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