Sep 29, 2014
As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been invited to join Dharmasala Animal Rescue (DAR) at a rabies vaccination project in Charan Kad, which was what sparked my interest in the organization in the first place.
But I couldn't have possibly predicted the chaos that was to ensue. Armed with nets, red paint for marking, cameras, and vaccination kits and working in random teams of DAR staff, volunteers, and local children, we spent the afternoon ducking between boulders and sneaking up on dogs.
The organization had intended on vaccinating all of the 100-150 dogs residing in this informal settlement, but the task proved to be both tiring and difficult, and we only managed to successfully vaccinate 43 dogs - an accomplishment nonetheless!
Lesson learned: never underestimate the speed or saavy of a dog being pursued.
It's now been six months since I was last in India, but I've finally gotten around to editing some of the videos I worked on while I was over there.
By chance (or sneaky planning), my sister happened to spend two weeks volunteering with Dharmasala Animal Rescue (DAR) while I was based in Mcleod Ganj. And on the basis of a casual invitation to aid the team with a rabies vaccination project in Charan Kad, I found myself fascinated with the work that this small group of staff and volunteers were doing.
Of course, I felt the need to document it.
For all the benefits that having a mobile clinic brings to greater Dharamsala and rural Himachal Pradesh, the spirit, humor, and passion that the clinic's duo, Kamu and Muna, bring to the bumpy roads they travel on to treat DAR's animal patients is invaluable.
Again, by chance (or divine intervention), I joined them on a day when they were set to visit Pepsi at none other than the 17th Karmapa's temple.
Jun 3, 2014
After spending a (short) week exploring northern Vancouver Island, I was enchanted. Not only did we manage to catch these places pre-season - and avoid both the high season costs and crowds - but we also enjoyed uncharacteristically stellar weather that the West Coast is simply not famous for. And less so in the spring.
From eating hunter-sized breakfasts at Cluxewe campgrounds and embarking a "hunt" of our own to try and find orcas, to engaging with Alert Bay's electic community and rich First Nations history and getting our feet wet at Little Huson Caves, we got to experience some of the best that BC has to offer.
Here's a little spread of my snaps in last month's Guidebook.
Aug 27, 2013
Aug 6, 2013
It's almost been a year since my return from Dharamsala, India, where I was working closely with the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan exiled community; but it wasn't all work and no play. Over the course of my three-month stay, I did manage to travel to various states in the north of the country and was priviledged to discover and report on India as I never imagined it to be.
From the iconic to the idyllic to the isolated, India's north is stunning - and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share some of the images that I captured while there.