We would wake at 3:00 AM in our tents which would have thick frost on everything inside, which made it uncomfortable to wake up. It would take two hours to melt the snow for our food as the temperatures at this time of the morning weren’t much above -30° C.
People are mostly interested in hikers’ thoughts on the “scary things” out in the wilderness. Basically: bears, mountain lions, and murderers. Why people are so fixated on bears and murderers?
Interview with Paralympic Athletes Anjali Forber-Pratt (2008 Beijing Paralympics; 2012 London Paralympics) and Nathan Dewitt (London 2012 Paralympics).
I stayed with Buddhist monks in monasteries, got invited for food by families, tried to camp on a field while fifty people were watching me. I cycled (or often pushed) along some of the toughest roads of my entire journey.
If a man or an elder wanted to sit down, the women were the first ones to move out of their seat and make themselves busy, as if it was shameful that they were sitting down. When there were meals, the women would all stay in the kitchen and only come out to serve the men and give them seconds. Only after this was done did they then eat, in the kitchen and out of the way . . . .
The ice on the road starts a few kilometers beneath the summit. It is black ice. Invisible. Very dangerous. Especially for a cyclist. If you have an accident on the pass and are unable to descend, you will die of exposure . . . .
If you're learning more than one language at once, study one language through another. For Persian I used materials in Italian, German, and French. Now I am studying Swedish, and I am using an Italian-based book from Assimil for that.
When he arrived, I stood up and our cheeks touched, one, two. I felt the soft prickle of his beard. I was close enough to smell him. My heart was beating hard as we sat again, I had to concentrate so hard on the words, the English, and not who was saying them. I moved my legs under the table and one accidentally touched his knee. I couldn't help it. I kept it there for a fraction of a second longer. . . .