A written piece and published images from Tibet were featured in the annual Brooks Bugle for 2014. You can download, and read the entire article at: http://issuu.com/brooksengland/docs/bugle-2014
Children in Tajikistan, one day after the civil war erupted in the Pamirs. July 24, 2012
My body was badly wounded from my near drowning and had been pushing my bike up a pass as the bolt on the seat post was stripped. I could barely walk, ride, let alone push a bicycle carrying 80kgs. I stopped here to have lunch, where they allowed me to nap for a couple of hours and to dry from the rain. The kids and I played for a little while until the adults ran them out so I could shut my eyes. I had slept on the stall of an old bazaar the night before…finally some rest.
The oldest boy comes to me as I’m leaving with his bicycle. His front tire is flat and I pump both tires up for him, leaving them all with smiles. I also gave him an old bike tire tube he could use for strapping things down with.
The people of Tajikistan are some of the warmest and welcoming folks I’ve encountered on my journeys. Allahu Akbar!
Tajik women making bread to deep fry for a Ramadan feast. Taking during the fighting in Khorog…life continues as usual just 200km away. Tajikistan, 2012
Tibetan nomad women making cheese from fresh curds and whey.
I lived with these milkmaids for one night. I got to eat some of the curds and whey and some cheese. These women are nomads and they live in these tents but it’s not their homes. They lived down the mountain, which I was headed up. You can’t stand up in these tents for more than a second or your taken over by the smoke from the fire. Your eyes water so bad and your breath is stolen until you make it to the door. You can just imagine what I smelled like after this, I couldn’t get the smoke smell out for a few washings.
- “Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”— Anaïs Nin
- “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
- “I want so much that is not here and do not know where to go.”— Charles Bukowski
- “Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.”