Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali

    The morning breaks and the city gives way to yet another day, slowly and calmly. Balinese women place handmade offerings dutifully and gracefully in front of their shops, intersections, construction sites, even Circle K's; it's their offering to the gods to please and appease. That's the Balinese vibe. Tourists come to discover tradition [...]

Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Ubud, Bali: Pamper Yourself Body and Soul

Relaxed and settled in, breathing in the Balinese air, right as my thoughts started to clear away, I heard a rather strange cacophony of sounds coming from a microphone on the other side of the wall. Was someone crying on a mic? It sounded like a man's voice, amplified yet emotional, followed by an uproar [...]

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

Makassar: An American’s Culture Shock in Indonesia

They say home is where you make it (I wrote this originally in 2013. I've been back since then and must say a lot has changed in Makassar and that the general infrastructure of the city is much better.) Most humans are creatures of habit. When presented with the option, most of us will grab [...]

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 [...]