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Rock Musician to Rock Climber: One Egyptian’s Epic Journey

Hazem El Shamy on top of Nirekha Peak, Nepal at 6,069m All photos are courtesy of Hazem El Shamy.“Falling was the last thing I remembered; the next thing I knew, I was regaining consciousness on the shore as the fisherman tried to resuscitate me.“When I woke up coughing water with pain in my neck, I told myself I wasn’t going to do this again until I was fully aware of everything there is to know [about technical rock climbing], and app...

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Familial Strangers

Many wonder how some are capable of traveling solo to explore unknown places in the world. I wondered the same, until I did that myself. My travel experience has opened my eyes to the most exotic places; from the surreal beauty of the Salar in Bolivia, to the most beautiful mountains in Nepal. It does, in fact, seem scary to simply just throw yourself out there alone with complete strangers. But, aren’t we all strangers in a strange land? I...

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Finding Home with New Faces in Unexpected Places

A couple of weeks ago, I, along with 20+ strangers discovered a new land: we trekked through its rolling terrain, were humbled by the grandeur of its mountains, admired the serenity of its temples and lakes, splashed through its river rapids and practiced our asanas while breathing in its morning mist. That just about sums up the Walk n’ Yoga trip I’d read about and signed up for with Wild Guanabana. For that, I was prepared: Sleeping bag,...

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Yeah, I'll get to the title of the article later. So it all started back at the office when everyone was planning a trip to Spain or Miami for spring break and I was looking for a low budget trip and a new experience. I traveled before with Wild Guanabana so I thought I'd check what they have to offer. They helped me choose Nepal as a destination… Kathmandu After booking my flight which was for only 3,000EGP (a 22 Hour flight), I left Egyp...