Category Archive: Culture

Local culture and traditions

Aug 06

One Week in Ubud, Bali (Get Me Outta Here!)

Ubud is the cultural and geographical heart of Bali.  Tourism boomed after the book and movie “Eat, Pray, Love” and how could a single girl not want to look like Julia Roberts and fall in love with Javier Bardem in the rice fields?  Come to think of it, I did see a disproportionate number of …

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Jul 08

Padangbai (Subtitle: Bali’s Secret Hidden in Plain Sight)

Everyday, 1000’s of Indonesians and tourists pour through the streets of the small coastal town of Padangbai.  Many take the local’s ferry to Nusa Penida or Lombok.  But even more go from shuttle bus to speedboat ferry to one of the three “Gili” Islands, or vice versa.  Less than 10% of the tourists choose to …

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Jun 22

Traveling Timor Leste (Subtitle: My Crazy Journey to Jaco Island)

If I had to choose two words for Timor Leste (formerly East Timor), it would be “Frustratingly Fantastic”.  As the newest country in Asia – it just turned 15 years old – it’s building its infrastructure.  There are very few tourists in this beautiful country, so traveling around isn’t so easy.  But the natural beauty …

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Jun 20

Kupang to Dili Bus (Subtitle: Now even see more of West Timor)

There are no direct flights from Kupang to Dili, even though they are the capitals and largest islands on the two halves of Timor Island, West Timor (Indonesia) and Timor Leste (formerly “East Timor”). Possibly the best way to go from Kupang to Dili is to take the shuttle bus by Timor Tour and Travel …

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Jun 08

West Timor Tour (Subtitle: How to See More in West Timor)

West Timor is generally off the tourists’ radar when in Indonesia.  Other islands such as Java, Bali, Lombok, and Sumatra are thousands of times more likely to be visited to Timor.  That was part of my draw to this area, as I was looking to get off the tourist trail. Upon arrival in Kupang, the …

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Mar 21

Bukhara Uzbekistan (Shop Til You Drop!)

Thurs, Oct 31, 2013 Happy Halloween! I went out for a short walk to the nearby cathedral shortly after sunrise. After breakfast, we departed Samarkand. We had a bit of bumpy roads for the first hour but then flat roads thereafter. Just after noon, we stopped at a town to get lunch. During our afternoon …

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Mar 18

Tea, A Drink with Jam and Bread (Destination: Tash Rabat, Kyrgyzstan)

Fri, Oct 11, 2013 Something happened yesterday that is causing problems today… at the amusement park (Ferris wheel) yesterday, in my excitement, I tripped on a pipe that contained electrical wires. In an attempt to protect my camera which was hanging around my neck, I bumped my knees, elbows, and most significantly my chin on …

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Mar 18

Chinese Influence (Destination: Lhasa, Tibet)

Thurs, Sept 26, 2013 By 2:00 we left for Lhasa. Once again, the scenic drive was fantastic. Today we drove much of the way downstream along a river. At some points it was wide, and at other times, it was just the road and the river at the bottom of a massive canyon. Also interesting, …

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