Archive for March, 2011

Helpful Scam Artists

Mar 12, 2011 2 Comments

Jogja is plagued with salesmen hawking everything under the sun: transportation, batik, watches, jewelry. You name it, they hound you about it. This played out in two scenarios over the previous days. The First: Maliboro Street Market Batik is a type of fabric painting that Indonesia and particularly Java is known for. It’s also the […]

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My Jogja Journey

Mar 10, 2011 3 Comments

Having been frugal with my tiny stash of cash, I had enough to get back down to Probolinggo. Yay! I found myself on a minibus heading back down the mountain early that morning after my sunrise hike. Well I hopped on the bus early in the morning and it did head back down the mountain, […]

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Ummm hello? Ummm hi?

Mar 10, 2011 No Comments

Mt. Bromo was erupting. Or more aptly it had been erupting for some time. This explained so many things. For example, why there were so few people heading up to Cemoro Lawang. Why everyone looked at me like I was crazy for going. Why the entire roadway and most of the town was covered in […]

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Excuse the American: Part Dua

Mar 10, 2011 No Comments

Trip 2: Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang aka Mt. Bromo First I must point out the shock at being awoken at 4AM to the broadcasted prayers from the Mosque. It’s really freakin loud, even louder at that time of morning. Yay for Islam, interrupter of my sleep. Anyways, Bromo. There are multitudes of ways getting to […]

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Please Excuse the American

Mar 10, 2011 1 Comment

Traveling to Indonesia had been a shock to the system. Not so much for the normal reasons but for the fact that you could no longer blend into the crowd. Most of the time while traveling I try to look a local or least not immediately recognizable as a tourist. That goes straight out window […]

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Nyepi, the day of boredom

Mar 10, 2011 No Comments

Let’s get this straight so there’s no confusion. Things you are not allowed to do on Nyepi: Use lights/electricity Cook food Leave your home Things that I did on Nyepi: Read books Typed on my computer Drank draft beer, from a can Ate TONS of junk food Made myself sick from all the junk food […]

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Ogoh-Ogoh Ooga-Booga!

Mar 10, 2011 4 Comments

Fate is a beautiful thing. The day that I decided that I had enough of Bali, was the day that everything came together finally. Don’t get me wrong I had tons of fun in Ubud but it seemed as though there was nothing else that I wanted to see. I mean once you’ve played with […]

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A Reality Check

Mar 10, 2011 5 Comments

Alright peeps, I’ve been remiss in updating the blog and I know it. I KNOW! No need to yell mother, I can hear you just fine. Here’s the situation: Internet in Indonesia is problematic. I had gotten used to having internet services at my hostels. And while it wasn’t free, it was still fast and […]

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Stocking Up

Mar 04, 2011 No Comments

Nyepi Day, the Day of Silence, for Bali is tomorrow. For the Balinese it means no lights, no sound, no transport, no food. No food! Tomorrow the whole of Bali will come to a screeching halt. Even the airport. Only in Asia could an entire international airport close to all but emergency landings. Since we […]

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Path? What path?!

Mar 03, 2011 No Comments

Having spent most of my days in Ubud so far traipsing around the city center, I decided to was time to get out and get some nature. The area surrounding Ubud is supposed to be beautiful with tons of rice fields and small villages. I had hoped to rent a motorbike while I was here […]

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Yeah! Monkeys!

Mar 01, 2011 9 Comments

A forest full of monkeys?! I was stoked beyond all reason. Best part about going to the zoo is the monkeys. I do NOT  want to hear anything about the lions or giraffes (sorry em) or the penguins. Monkeys are the bomdiggity.com. Other than cultural dance, Ubud’s other claim to fame is the Sacred Monkey […]

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