About to turn forty, Carlos Peñalba quits his senior position at a financial software firm in New York City to travel through Asia for a year. Although his main objective is to explore a continent almost unknown to him, he also intends to use his journey to fulfill his dream of becoming a writer and a photographer.

Carlos’s original plan would take him from Nepal to Japan, but unexpected circumstances force him to alter his route and extend his adventure to eighteen months. After trekking high peaks, reaching remote cultures, having some interesting encounters and taking up vipassana meditation, the end of his long journey brings him (where he least expects it) something much more important than a new career.

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Carlos Peñalba is a writer and photographer currently based in La Coruña (Spain). He was born in San Sebastian (Spain) and has a degree in Business Administration. He worked for twelve years for a financial software firm in London and New York before leaving it all behind to embark on an 18-month backpacking journey through Asia, from Nepal to Japan.

He speaks Spanish, English and a bit of French, practices yoga and vipassana meditation (not as regularly as he would like), loves walking, the sea, traveling, literature, movies and red wine.

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