Arlene's Blog

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spring newsletter

I am just back from the where UK I spoke at a mountain literature conference in Leeds and was interviewed on the popular BBC Women’s Hour My other news is that Harcourt bought the paperback rights to Breaking Trail to come out next March.
The first in a series of Outdoor adventure articles I’m writing for the Sports section of the New York Times was published April 1 and is at the end of this message.
and there's an interview about Breaking Trail in the Berkeley Monthly
Happy spring,

Annalise and I found Burma to be one of our favorite countries. The people are kind and compassionate and the landscape is stunning. Trekking through the tribal villages is reminiscent of walking in the
Himalayas with the addition of temples of every possible shape and description.

I’m planning to return to Burma this December to trek, visit ancient temples and also the NGO we are supporting that brings water roads, schools, health and family planning education to the tribal peoples in Shan state. Part of the trek fee will support these charitable programs. This trip starts in the capital of
Yangon, and features touring, biking, and hiking amidst the temples of Bagan, treks through tribal villages in Kalaw area, and relaxing at Inle Lake. An optional extension will take us to the tranquil beach at Ngapali for snorkeling

My daughter Annalise is in Guatemala now very happily teaching at a girls school, studying Spanish, and living with the same loving big family with five teen aged daughters where she lived two summers ago.
She is writing about her gap year at


  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Palang Thai said…

    Hi Arlene,

    I saw your mention in the latest Reed Alumni Magazine and figured I'd look you up. Not many Reedies in Burma...

    I live in Bangkok and do some work on the Burma/Thai border -- Karen area -- on solar and micro-hydropower. See our website:

    Chris Greacen ('91)


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