A Little Tale About Me

Hello, bonjour, selamat datang, buenos dias, buongiorno, здравствуйте, नमस्ते& שָׁלוֹם. My name is Amit.

This blog came to fruition two years after a near-fatal accident – during which time I was bedridden, with a broken body and spirit, for long stretches of time. The world closed in around me, as I concentrated on the early days (months, years) of healing my body. For awhile, I existed as if encased in a snow globe – not surprising, given that much of my time was spent in the chilly, wintry northern hemisphere.

As my acute recovery improved and translated into more movement, swims and sorties, the world came into sharper focus, and the hard edges began to melt away. Ergo my writing expanded beyond the immediate contours of my body’s (re)surface.

Through all the shifts, both seismic and subtle, my blog has been a mainstay. It’s where I ponder mystery, share the thrill of discoveries, entertain new possibilities, and thrive among the shared abundance of life’s stories – within an incredible, if not largely invisible, sphere of other bloggers around the world. Welcome, to my extraordinary adventures in travel, healing, walking (long, far and wide).. and LIFE.

Find out more about my beloved work – the writing and healing and yoga sessions and nature-immersions and creativity-focused HEARTshops – on my website: amitjanco.com


  1. I am enjoying reading your posts. Relaxing and Inspiring. You seem to be an example of the determination and appreciation we should all harvest inside.

  2. May you, the healing pilgrim, have safe travels again..and bring lots of light and love and creativity to others in warmer places. we will miss you here…and will know where to ‘find’ you on this blog. Dont forget to email too! Blessings of health and good fortune to you AJ…
    xo all of us

  3. So…where art thou healing pilgrim? Did you make it back to THE bridge? Did you celebrate Chinese New Year this year? Will you write here soon so we can read and know how it was…how you are? where you are? Did you reunite in vertical with all your caretakers and gentle souls in BKK and BB who treated you 2 years ago? xo

  4. Your inner strength, determination and spirit are very powerful. Clearly your journey has been for a purpose. I will chose to believe that I follow your journey so that I can , in my own way, embark on a jouney of my own. So I thank you for sharing….

  5. WOW!! I am so filled with admiration, love, and awe. You are a strong woman…resourceful and courageous. Travel safely and wisely, with an open mind and an open heart, with yourself and with others. I can’t wait to hear and read more from you.


  6. Wonderful to find your blog. Friend of mine at dinner the other night mentioned your process and your journey. I love traveling and am a friend of healing having engaged so much of it in my time.

    Wishing you the best as you journey physically, psychologically, emotionally, mentally (and what every other -ally way there is!)

    deirdre fay

  7. I appreciate your comment. I congratulate you on your claw to face the problems.
    Paulo Coelho, Writer of Brazil wrote:
    When less we wait for it, the life us places ahead a challenge that tests our courage and our will of change.

    I also write in Spanish. Luck ¡
    Cruz del Sur
    Sorry for my basic English

  8. Get well soon, Amit! You are very brave to still continue with your love for traveling despite the unfortunate mishap that almost cost your life. You are right, your adventure is just on hold for the moment. I hope and pray that very soon, you’ll be on track again with your travels.

  9. Amit – wishing you magic, inspiration, courage and miracles on your healing journey. Thanks so much for graciously sharing it with us. I’ll include you in my daily healing meditations. Bless xx

    1. Thank you for writing and for your wishes!! I feel blessed indeed for the experiences and to be able to share and connect with readers and writers… 🙂

  10. It takes so much courage and determination to do what you are doing! I, too am on a physical healing journey–at home with family and long-term familiar surroundings. It is those lengthy moments of outright pain and feelings of hopelessness that challenge the spirit and soul. It sounds as though you have the inner depth to acknowledge those times and continue to thrive. Blessings, Barb

    1. Hi Barb,
      Thanks for your comment. Kudos to you for your pursuit of healing and happiness too… as you probably know yourself, there are up days and down days.. I just try to focus on (and write about!) the ones that have more joy, adventure, learning and heart.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog,

    1. Hi Elise,

      Wow, really? I’m such a WordPress-Luddite… not really sure what that means, but what an honor! I’ve ‘met’ so many wonderful people, writers, thinkers, journey-people on this forum, I am so grateful… Thanks 🙂


    1. Hi Elise! Sorry for being awol for so long.. but it was worth it, catching up with family & friends & life on the other side of the pond. I guess I had to disconnect for awhile! Thanks for checking in though, I’m sure I’ll get back into the blog-reading and writing soon enough. Take care 🙂

  11. Hi Amit! I was wondering if you’d be up for an interview for my Abroad Blog of the Week. I featured you before I ever started the interviews and I would love to revisit. Would you be up for it? Send me an email at elisehblalock(at)gmail.com and I can give you all the details. Talk to you soon!

  12. Amit, I am so touched and inspired by your story. Facing what you have, and are facing, is truly the definition of intrepid. I applaud your fabulous spirit and sense of adventure. All the Best, Terri

  13. It seems that life consists of many journeys, some easier than others. We’re all pilgrams, but some paths are more challenging than others. I hope the rest of this journey for you is straight and downhill, that you pick up speed and feel the wind through your hair. It is obvious that you’re taking in the view–that makes all the difference. Best of good fortune, Doug

  14. “Extraordinary adventures in healing”…I like that visual. Thank you for visiting Shadows and leaving your thumbprint with a “like”.

  15. I have a great deal of respect for the work you are undertaking and the results that you achieve. You have endured unbelievable hardships and surface smiling every time! You have brought hope and new life to so many. Many thanks.

    1. Thanks Frank!
      Sweet of you to reblog some of what I’d written, which reinforces what I’ve thought for a long time: we never know how we might touch someone else’s heart on the other side of the world.
      Love your blog concept 😉

    2. Thanks Frank, for visiting my blog – and for your supportive comments. I’m impressed with the concept of your blog, what a wonderful way to connect with people around the world 😉

  16. Hi Hari,
    Sorry for the delay, I’m spending all my time with family (whom I’ve not seen since last summer) rather than online 😉 I always appreciate your comments, insight and support – the surprising re-nomination too! Hope I can return to blogging soon – and to dropping by your blog too. Take care and sampai jump!

  17. Hi– Thanks for your blog. My friend and I are hoping to do some non-tourist stuff in Bali when we arrive next week. I am especially looking to hook up with a Rosh Hashana service and/or a Shabbat meal in Bali. Do you have contact info? Valerie

  18. Hi, I am a pilgrim and yet to be able to go on my beloved Camino Frances. I am a Home Health nurse and live in Eugene Oregon USA. I am blessed to have found your blog and knowing you on your journey. Bless you. Lorrie

  19. Thanks for following my blog. I hope you are well on your journey to getting back out there and wandering the wold. I’ve read a few posts thus far and enjoy your style. Hope to see you again.

    1. Hi Steve, Sorry for the delay… What a surprise to find your nomination… thank you so much for this honour…I’m humbled, as it comes from you – whose insightful and informative writing I’ve enjoyed so much, and whose photos always instill in me a desire to travel to parts unknown. So, can I reciprocate with the nomination too?! Spasiba 😉 Oh, and do I have to ‘do’ anything?

      1. It’s a watered down version of the old, hard to navigate, easy to miss information. Just not what it used to be. Luckily it allows you to visit the old set up which was designed much smarter.

  20. You’ve clearly transformed a huge misfortune into a blessing by sharing your experience and wisdom with others. Your talent for alchemy is inspirational! Thanks for the example. I look forward to reading more. Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff, Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. I love sharing my stories, so I’m glad to see they make a tiny impact out in the world once in awhile. All the best for the holidays!

  21. The road we travel is amazing at times with its unexpected interruptions, but the beauty of it is the way we continue to learn. Learning about healing and walking and life has its blessings and as I continue on a very similar path. I offer my friendship. Thank you for the kindness you have shared my friend and may loves light and healing grace forever be your companion. Phoenix

  22. Well done for having the courage to continue with your travels after your accident. It’s great to see that something so positive has come out of a bad experience. I will enjoy exploring your blog.

  23. Wow, what a dramatic story! It’s wonderful that you have such a positive attitude and you didn’t stop traveling after your accident. I hope you are fully recovered now.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post “Never, dear. Men don’t say that”. I’ve noticed your comments over at Lesley’s Bucket List Publications blog before — I also follow Lesley’s blog. The WordPress blogging community is such a wonderful place. Even though there are hundreds and thousands of blogs, I often encounter mutual blogging friends. 🙂

    1. Yes, Grace, it’s a wonderful realm, the blogosphere, a place to connect in unusual ways – over shared interests and experiences. Thnx for your comments and for visiting!

  24. Hi Amit, I’ve been following your blog for a while and really love what you write. May I ask you a question? We’ll be travelling to Bali in a few weeks but are unsure where to stay – we’re bringing our toddler along. Do you have any suggestions for kids friendly areas or even hotels? We’re not too much into big resorts and luxury though…something really quiet and safe would be perfect 🙂

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Andrea, Thanks for your comments, glad to hear you’re enjoying my writing. It might be hard to believe, if you’ve not been here before, but the pickings in Bali are so unimaginably extensive that I wouldn’t know where to start to answer your question. My suggestion would be to read up on the areas where you’d like to stay and visit, including child- or family-friendly venues and hotels. You’ll see soon enough how much is on offer! I hope you enjoy your time in Bali 😉

  25. Just found you through James & Terri over at Galavance.net. You bring a place near and dear to my heart alive once again. So much to catch up on at you site! Salaam Pagi!

    1. Hi Martha! Glad to hear from you.. and how nice for you to have found me via Terri and James. I absolutely love their posts and photos! Selamat malam (evening here now), hope to hear from you again.

  26. I very much resonated with your post. Unlike you I have not traveled very much in the physical world. However my inner journey’s have been quite extensive Still so much to explore both outside and inside all the best Moshe

  27. My friend Peta Kaplan told me about your inspirational journey, beautifully imagery, and engaging prose. I look forward to following you as you journey further and further from your snow-globe confinement.

      1. I have only been to Santiago de Compostela (visited there right before I set sail from Galicia to The Canary Islands). Have dreamed of walking the Camino ever since…someday

    1. Lovely to hear from you, John and Susan! I wonder where in the world – and oceans – you both are these days.. I’ve been off the grid (so to speak) for a while, while traveling in India. Wishing you both a happy and adventurous new year 😉

  28. Hi Amit, We hope you’re having a great summer. We just published a post about “Blogs We Love” … and yours is one of them! We wanted to thank you for all the joy you bing to our blogging community. All the best, Terri & James @gallivance.net

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