Carol Anita Ryan always wanted to be an anthropologist and/or a travel writer, and to that end she earned a degree in Anthropology with an area specialty of South Asian Studies. To actually earn a living however, she had a career in Information Technology. She pursued her personal interests by traveling extensively between positions.
One of her first adventures was a ten month overland trip to Nepal in the early 1970s. During that trip Carol and a friend traveled via local buses and trains from Western Europe to Sikkim. Along the way they traveled across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal and what was then the Kingdom of Sikkim. Among their many adventures, they were fortunate to have a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Another adventure, sailing across the Pacific in a 36 foot yacht, is the basis for her memoir, Right Now Is Perfect. That story concludes with the unexpected diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and the impact of progressing disability.
Carol now lives in northern California with her faithful companion, a black poodle named Napoleon.
J C Martin, a ‘reader, writer, and martial arts instructor’ writing from London, asked some intriguing questions in her interview.