Wednesday, May 27, 2015
This is the second time I’ve run into Arpana on the streets of New York, but the first time was quite awhile ago (when she was wearing a giant fur coat so I didn’t recognize her). Once she reminded me of the location, I remembered the shot immediately.
As we were chatting I mentioned how cute her necklace was. She was very happy to tell me it was her own design and that she’s selling these necklaces on her Instagram @ArpanarayaÂ and that 20%Â of the proceeds from the sales are going to help the earthquake victims in Nepal, where she is from.
Friday, May 22, 2015
I’m very lucky to live a life well traveled. Not only do I get to visit some of the most bustling metropolitan cities in the world like Paris, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rio de Jinero…but I also try to balance those urban experiences with travels to some of the most secluded, rural, physically beautiful small cities and villages around the world.
On this trip I was able to visit both. The hectic growing city of Bangkok and the Land of Happiness, Bhutan.
Recently I visited Bhutan. Like everybody else, I was struck by the dramatically beautiful and raw landscapes, but also by the gentle nature and the serenity of the people. To me a life well traveled means learning about the culture of where you are. For Bhutan, the national pastime is archery. I spent a great afternoon watching these guys drink beers and shoot arrows. I don’t know how they could be so incredibly good shooting arrows across the length of a football field, while also being incredibly good at downing lots of the local beer. It was this contrast that made me feel both like I was in an incredibly exotic place while at the same time it felt familiar. Like I was around guys that I knew who could have just as easily been down Â at the park playing softball.
But a life well traveled also means not only looking at the past but learning about the future. I stayed at the Amankora Hotel which you can see from the photographs is the epitome of minimalist design.Â It always inspires me to be in such a cool place. You might expect that type of modern inspiration to be found in Berlin, not Bhutan. That surprise is what makes it so rewarding.
I can’t wait to go back to Bhutan. Like the best adventures, it leaves you wanting more.
Thanks to Cathay Pacific’s support, I was able to visit both Bangkok and Bhutan, which were both two places I really wanted to include in my next book, (of which the above photos are just a small portion of that).
If you’re going to take a 20 hour flight, a great way to do it is flying business class on Cathay Pacific.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I’ve known Hamish for years and I’ve always admired his wonderfully eclectic style and his depth of knowledge regarding all things fashion, interior, gardening, etc.
What I love about his instagram is the diversity. He’s one of the few people I love to live vicariously through his travels. Basically anything that involves good taste Hamish is your go to guy. If you’re not following his instagram now I highly recommend it.