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Exploring Raja Ampat’s Magic

Day 1 Landed at sunrise at a tiny airport in forest drenched Sorong with a rusted roof on the one carousel baggage claim area filled with porters. Took an ojek ride past markets and trash-free streets and Papuan women’s slow … Continue reading

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Logistics for Raja Ampat on a Budget

Here are some details about trip costs & logistics: Fee for tourist tag to enter Raja Ampat is Rp1,000,000 (for KITAS holders as well as foreigners), and a large part of that money goes to conservation efforts in Raja Ampat, … Continue reading

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Books!!

At a cute coffee shop in Colorado over the Winter Break, Jana Clark (my former teacher, who mentored me to become a teacher myself, and dear friend) said, “For your Christmas present, besides continuing your subscription to The Sun Magazine … Continue reading

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Shorts: Traveling in Lake Toba

Riding the ferry alone to Tuk Tuk from Parapat in Sumatra, an older man with slightly rheumy eyes and a long, left thumb nail smoking a hand rolled cigarette yells to me in Indonesian from where he sits with his … Continue reading

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Illness in Bali

Since I arrived in Bali a year and a half ago, my body has been beset by illness. From Bali Belly where your insides turn to liquid to weird rashes to discovering I have an allergic reaction when bit by … Continue reading

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Biking Near Selat

Rumi and I headed up through Klungkung, just off the southeast coast of Bali, and then up towards Selat before turning east and following a winding road through rice paddies and over a bridge spanning a wide river before parking … Continue reading

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Ubud Writer’s Festival: Cultivate the Land Within

Ubud Writer’s Festival Nandurin Karang Awak: Cultivate the Land Within The Ubud Writer’s Festival began as a healing and economic development project after the Bali bombings in 2002. Writers from all over the world, including a lot of writers from … Continue reading

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