What is Virya Kala?
The story of an adventure, from inception to the distant beyond through the lens of the road underfoot. Vīrya, essential human life energy ~ Kāla, specific time, here and now. This Sanskrit conjugate frames the totality of our journey and as the adventure unfolds so too will the richness of our perspectives.
Where we're at
Following our wild three year journey through Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Singapore, Moldova, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Newfoundland, and of course our brief stint in Silicon Valley working on a blockchain tech startup, we've traversed the country once again ... yes, Detroit was remarkable! ... and have settled in Taos now for the winter to dance in gravity's most delightful ballroom (Taos Ski Valley)!
Oh-ee, it’s the RV life for me During our “walkabout” year in Australia we lived in a small motor home named Hermie. Starting in Melbourne, we hustled to get our new home on wheels together; upgrading to massive solar panels and batteries to support our tech, fiberglass patching, painting, packing, unpacking, repacking… and enjoying acro … Read More
Why are we here? To learn more about why and how we got to the island at the end of the world check out: Finding hearth and home in Newfoundland As a respite from our nomadic roaming we settled down in the friendly city of St. John’s Newfoundland for 2 months in late fall of … Read More
Newfoundland is a land of rugged beauty and happily coexistent contradictions. Alpine lakes at sea level. Dull gray days and bright multicolored houses. Weather that shifts from Florida-like heat and humidity to crisp glacial breezes in a day. The freshest, cleanest fish oftentimes battered and deep fried. Huge icebergs dwarfing tiny hamlets. We could go on and on.
Living a placeless existence has its abundance of charms and its remarkable tolls. With a lively infusion of playful acrobatics in our lives, we’ve continued to stay well connected, introduced countless folks to the practice, and unlocked numerous adventures that we would never have had along the way otherwise. Additionally, we’ve found that when connecting with most other practitioners, we share an immediate human bond transcending the practice itself that expands our optionality by significant orders of magnitude.
As our conversation meanders, we talk about travel, our website, and about our life path of leaving Seattle at the beginning of the year to travel until we find a place that we might feel at home in. We share our travel card and website with Jansen which strikes a congenial chord. One thing leads to another and he says, “You guys are incredibly brave. I love your story and would love for you to take a pair of bikes out to explore the city while you’re in town!”
Arriving in a new city has been a consistently bittersweet experience for us. Each has its own unique feel, from the exuberance we’ve felt reaching a destination we’ve read great things about to the delirious emotional void while simply trying find a halfway comfortable horizontal surface to flump upon. Luang Prabang was fertile ground to germinate our appreciation of Laos at the conclusion of our four day motorbike journey.
In early January, our hosts in Hanoi, Marc and Hien, put out the rallying cry for hearty adventures to join them on their final motorbike trek before emigrating from Vietnam. Excited by the idea of embarking on the journey through rural and mountainous northern Vietnam with a group of experienced folks, Dina and I nearly immediately said, why not!?
Stonehenge and other vestiges of human thought arouse our curiosity but carry no message for our guidance. To convey our ideas across time to other human beings we want to erect a monument… a cluster of graven stones… which will silently display our ideas when we have gone. We hope they will merit increasing acceptance and that through their silent persistence they will hasten in a small degree the coming Age of Reason.