Thoughts on Vientiane

Apr 03, 2011 No Comments

A few random thoughts from my first days in Laos: French Influence Laos was originally a French colony and the roots of that occupation can still be felt profoundly throughout Vientiane. Breakfast has been absolutely fabulous comprised of French bread, croissants, crepes and banana loaf bread. Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve […]

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The Island

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

While my time in the Highlands was fabulous, the cold and wet managed to aggravate my cold. What was needed was some beach-side relaxing while I got better. Next stop: Perhentian Islands! Now the island actually consists of 2 separate islands: Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil. Which basically means Big Island and Small Island. I […]

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Rain, more rain and mud

Mar 21, 2011 1 Comment

I’ve been looking forward to the Cameron Highlands for weeks now. A nice cool hilltop town where you can spend time outside and not sweat to death. Also it seems to be the one place that the tropics live up to their reputation for rain. It was dumping buckets on the drive up the mountain, […]

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My own Mother Hen

Mar 19, 2011 2 Comments

Traveling back from Batu Caves today I found this sign on the train. It signals the “Women’s Only” section of the train. Figuring I could use a break from all the male attention I normally attract I decided to ride back in that car. About halfway home a man wandered into the car and of […]

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Plans Change, Constantly!

Mar 19, 2011 No Comments

So I had planned to go to Sumatra after Java, the next island north in Indonesia. That was the plan but then things got complicated. I spent longer than expected in Jogja cause I was having so much fun. Which is always good! My visa would be running out in 12 days unless I stayed […]

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300 Students + 1 American = 1 Interesting Day

Mar 12, 2011 3 Comments

Looking back I can honestly say I have no idea how it happened. The day started off perfectly normal. By the end, well it was a different story. I had meant to be up early to grab the bus to the Prambanan Temple complex outside of town before it got too hot. However I slept […]

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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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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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I love my backpack

Feb 28, 2011 1 Comment

Anyone who was involved in the packing process at home (mainly Em. HI EM!) knows that I spent countless hours trying to get my stuff into as little bag as possible. I’ve endured amazing amounts of grief from my fellow hostels travelers on how small by bag is, and how do I have enough room […]

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Why am I not a pilot?!

Feb 28, 2011 No Comments

My trip to Bali went something like this: 5pm flight from Townsville to Brisbane – 3 hours 2 hour layover in Brisbane where I grab some dinner and spend the last of my OZ money 10pm flight to Darwin – 3 hours Arrived in Darwin at 12:30am. Check in for next flight is between 1:30-2:30am. […]

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