Indonesia in Summary

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Indonesia in Summary

What we did: 29 days around the island of Bali. We originally planned to spend an even 30 here but upon arrival customs officials informed us that our scheduled flight times would be counted as 31 days- thus overextending our visas. We ended up having to change our flights. A mistake that cost us $150. [...]

Why we love Bali

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Why we love Bali

Yes, Bali is touristy. But this place has a level of beauty, a sense of humor, and a character about it that we love. The best way to try to describe this is in pictures. Here are a few of our favorites… A Gas Station A carrier for your chicken: The beautiful ceremonial decorations on [...]

Fish Spa

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Fish Spa

Our final day in Bali. We spent it how we’ve spent most of our days here: enjoying fruit and coffee on the balcony of our guest house, walking the beachfront, and visiting our favorite Nasir Campur restaurant for lunch. But before eating noodles at our favortie night market cart and jet setting off to Singapore, [...]

Arak Attack

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Arak Attack

A clear liquor made from fermented glutinous rice, Arak is the island’s traditional evening beverage. The drink is regarded as dangerous for tourists, as some less than honest clubs in Kuta have been known to cut their arak with methyl alcohol. On at least one occasion, the practice has resulted in deaths. Tourists are urged [...]

Following the Downbeat

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Following the Downbeat

Moving guesthouses to a different side of town, a faint thumping of bass reverberated through our walls, feigning curiosity. The front desk hadn’t mentioned any festivals going on, but this definitely wasn’t just a radio playing in someone’s backyard. The faint raspy sound of a loud speaker chimed in every few minutes. Like any curious [...]

The Secret of Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak: the strangely concentrated indonesian coffee with a reputation for being the most expensive coffee in the world. However it’s not the coffee itself that makes a cup so rare. Like so much of nature, it’s the story from the forest floor that tempts us to pull out our wallets. Indeed a pound of [...]

Living Sanur

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Living Sanur

Venturing further from the Kuta/Legian neighborhoods, we realize more and more how much of a party-vacationer hell that area was. We originally planned to head back that direction- to make for an easy airport commute before heading out. We’ve since changed our minds. We’ll stay right here in Sanur. Where the streets are calmer, the [...]

Monkeys Love Bananas

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Monkeys Love Bananas

The Ubud Monkey Forest. A semi famous stop for most anyone visiting Bali, and an experience that could never be had at home. Safety regulations in the US would simply never allow humans to get this close to so many Macaques at once. The monkey forest is a sanctuary for about 500 monkeys. The grounds [...]