The Night Markets

Apr 03, 2011 No Comments

My new favorite thing to do on my first night in a new town is to hit the night market. I’ll use Luang Prabang Market as an example: Reason #1: Food Stalls Night markets are always set up with local food stalls lining the roads. Here you’re able to find good cheap eats to satisfy […]

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Green’s the word of the day

Mar 19, 2011 2 Comments

After a month of having my own room it’s been strange to back in a dorm. My new roommates? 1 german guy and 2 irishmen, who had the inside track on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Wandering the streets the day before they had heard about a street party that a local irish pub was […]

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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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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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Those Crazy Balienese

Feb 28, 2011 1 Comment

Ubud is supposed to be the cultural center for all of Bali and I can tell you it lives up to the hype. Everywhere you go there are flowers put out for offerings or festivals or dancing. Like this parade I happened upon yesterday. Now I’ll say that my powers of observation may be slightly […]

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Rule Britannia!

Jan 29, 2011 1 Comment

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26th and commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788 and the resulting British sovereignty over Australia. It’s also known as Survival Day by the aboriginal people. It’s basically  Thanksgiving Day for Australians. But it’s a lot of fun! And I made sure I was […]

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Steampunk this!

Jan 06, 2011 2 Comments

Steampunk: a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” Sadly the big exhibit had closed down in Oamaru by the time I got there, but there was still […]

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To all future American football lovers – My Appologies

Jan 06, 2011 No Comments

The Rose Bowl. The ultimate college football showdown. I have actually never watched one before. Shhhhhh don’t tell the football gods. Anyways, Dana (the girl I was staying with) was a Texas Christian alum and they were playing Wisconsin in the bowl! Woot! She had called around to a few bars in Christchurch to find […]

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Wedding: Part 2 & 3

Nov 30, 2010 1 Comment

The wedding continues! I tell you, these Indians are rock stars. They go for days with all this jazz. Day two consisted of the paste stage. The groom gets it applied to him 5 times that day, the last being with the whole family present. Once that part is concluded, the women sit around and […]

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Day 1 of Hindu Wedding Madness

Nov 26, 2010 1 Comment

Alright, let’s get to the good stuff! I know you all have been dying to know how this wedding shindig has been going so far. Last night was the first of three events for the Hindu wedding. We pull up to this very nice suburban house with a giant tent set up in the front […]

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