Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue

Pulau Keke: A Sliver of Sand in the Deep Blue

Paradise was closer than we thought. Before we moved to Makassar, I knew we'd be living on the coast, but never suspected visiting an island like this would be on a normal weekend itinerary. Not far off the southwest coast on the island of Sulawesi, a sliver of uninhabited sandy escape pokes its head out into the [...]

Bunaken

Bunaken

I've watched the years roll by in Spain, Italy, France and now Indonesia. I've been fortunate enough to travel every birthday since my 22nd. As luck would have it, this year continued the tradition of being away from home and getting to age adventurously. My 25th birthday weekend was heavenly and gave me more than [...]

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

Tana Toraja, Indonesia

The sweet smell of blood hung in the extremely dense, humid air. Rain fell sporadicly and the next shower was upon us. Sludgy mud welcomed us as we approached the ceremony heavy footed. I felt out-of-place and unsure of what to expect; Funerals aren’t comfortable even when you are invited, so imposing on this one [...]

Bira Beach, Indonesia

Bira Beach, Indonesia

Despite its obvious beauty, most people don't just stumble upon Bira as their main destination when looking for paradise. There's a couple reasons for that. First, it's four hours away form a big city like Makassar and actually, most foreigners in Makassar are just stopping through before getting to places like Bali, Toraja or Manado. [...]