Madison to Minneapolis Cycling

Over 4 days in autumn in mid-October, I cycled from Madison to Minneapolis on a 10-gear, early 1980s Motobecane with a tent and two small panniers of gear. The hilly, flat, sunny, rainy,… Continue reading

Minneapolis to St. Paul Canoe Trip

October 15th turned out to be a great day for a 20 mile canoe ride down the Mississippi. David and I started on the West Bank of the U of Minnesota river flats… Continue reading

May 2011

In the heat of a north Indian summer afternoon, I was asleep on a traditional Indian bed under a shady tree surrounded by paddy fields. The farmhouse, which had become my home for… Continue reading

Village Life in India

After more than 2 months in India of meetings and research preparation in Delhi, Lucknow, Nainital and Chandigarh, it was time to begin field research in mid-March. In the research area I spent… Continue reading

Moving in on Haryana!

After the 4 weeks in Delhi, I spent 1 week in Nainital and in Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. I stayed with the family of Vinod Mishra, my Indian… Continue reading

Life in the (very) big city

I just finished 4 fun, interesting, productive, healthy, polluted, tiring weeks in Delhi. I lived with friends from couch surfing whom I previously stayed with in July and October 2010. They are a… Continue reading

More from January in Delhi

Photos from the evening of Sameer’s engagement party. Top two photos are of Sameer and bride during traditional ring ceremony. Sameer is in black, bride is in colorful dress, Sameer’s mother is to… Continue reading

India (re)Introduction

I am now working on a master’s thesis to complete my degree in sustainable development from Utrecht University. Following the Nepal research internship with UN-HABITAT in spring 2010 along with several months preparing,… Continue reading

Nainital, India Workshop

After making contact with a professor in the UK with similar research on total sanitation, I received an invitation on Saturday Sept 25 to attend a workshop in the city of Nainital in… Continue reading

Langtang Trekking

For a final trip before leaving Nepal at the end of June, I went trekking to Langtang National Park with friends Giuli, Nirjala and Zoe. Starting from Shivapuri National Park just north of… Continue reading