In the shadow of the volcano: exploring Eastern Bali

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Browse archives for March 14, 2019
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The tradition of taking more than a month to write/post my final blog post continues! *sings Fiddler on the Roof to herself* Tradition! Tra-dish-on! It seems if I don’t use my time on the flight home to type this up, then I don’t get around to it. But here I am, finally with a spare Keep reading

Old friends and new memories in Ubud.

Tracy,

Browse archives for January 15, 2019
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Post monkey forest, Sarah and I had a lovely relaxing mid-day (while Jen got her “art museum fix” in town), and were invited to a complimentary afternoon tea at Alena. My younger self very much believed one should never take a break when traveling; go go go. See everything. Who knows when you’ll be back, Keep reading

“Welcome Home!” The Alena Resort and Ubud.

Tracy,

Browse archives for January 12, 2019
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Man, the last two-and-a-half days have been so great. I feel like we’ve seen and done so many things, yet it’s never felt rushed and we’ve had lots of relaxing down time too. Just perfect. When we landed at Denpasar Airport, my friend Gusti was waiting to be our driver to take us to Ubud. Keep reading

52 hr of travel & overnight in Hong Kong

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Browse archives for January 9, 2019
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The poet Robert Burns has been reminding us for many centuries, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley”. But if your plan is to allow for more than adequate travel time and to have a looser itinerary, then you are in a much better mood when the inevitable “going awry” happens. Keep reading

“This is nuts, in the best way!!” Indonesia: Redux

Tracy,

Browse archives for December 18, 2018
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So, a crazy thing happened mid-August. This summer I learned about Scott’s Cheap Flights, an email newsletter that announces great international flight deals. They send out a few emails a day, and I quickly decided that the paying for their subscription premium service was worth it. At only $39 for the entire year, it seemed Keep reading

Bali Bites : musings and memories

Tracy,

Browse archives for June 5, 2017
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so how do you know your friend Gusti? how perfect is that, knowing someone there!
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I sit here, sipping an excellent lychee caipirinha and watching the waves, and trying not to laugh at the two earnest young men singing acoustic Bruno Mars & Katy Perry covers. They’re decent musicians, but such super serious faces. (I’m just glad it wasn’t the quartet from Sulawesi who performed two nights ago. Felt like Keep reading

The Walking (slightly) Wounded

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Browse archives for June 2, 2017
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My back continues to be messed up from a weird twist/climb into the boat after snorkeling. Happily walking around is fine, but sitting in many chairs is bad. So I’ve booked a massage for this afternoon. *fingers crossed* And Jessica is really not feeling well today. We ended up asking for her breakfast to be Keep reading

Ocean time!! Padangbai and Nusa Lembongan

Tracy,

Browse archives for May 31, 2017
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of everything, the snorkling sounds the most amazing!
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We’re in Nusa Lembongan right now, and it’s a lovely little beach town on the island. Very walkable. Very chill vibe. Doesn’t have the scores of touts around constantly offering you taxi rides or asking you to buy souvenirs. I mean, folks here still have a lot of ambition and energy spent towards tourists (most Keep reading

Ubud, you’ve been amazing

Tracy,

Browse archives for May 27, 2017
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There’s been so much we’ve done already, but at the same time, rarely have we felt rushed. Which is the perfect way to vacation. The Alena Resort in Ubud was beyond amazing. We extended our stay there by two nights, we liked it so much. And they upgraded us to a villa with private pool!!!! Keep reading

Saya bisa bicara bahasa Indonesia

Tracy,

Browse archives for May 24, 2017
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My ability to speak a few limited phrases in the Indonesian language has been the greatest thing ever! Many folks continue to react like I’ve performed a magic trick, when I’ve just said “good afternoon,” but apparently my pronunciation is good (or more likely, possibly just better than some tourists, and/or they’re being polite). When Keep reading