February 2012

Postcard from a Gili Trawangan sunset

My first night in Gili Trawangan, I watched an absolutely phenomenal sunset from a beachside restaurant and alternated between cursing myself for leaving my camera at home and simply enjoying the view without a viewfinder. I spent the next few nights stretching into sun salutations at dusk, and emerging to skies drunk with stars. So […]

February 16, 2012 Continue reading…

Stretch into a sun salutation in Indonesia

I committed to at least one yoga sesh or run each week in my 2012 resolutions; I fully believe that yoga helps make me a better traveler (and person). The humidity, smog and uneven surface areas quickly ruled out any running in Bali, but thankfully the yoga offerings went above and beyond. I managed to squeeze […]

February 15, 2012 Continue reading…

The joy of traveling with a Kindle

One of my dreams has always been to have a library: a bright and airy room, lined with bookshelves broken up only by a bay window complete with window seat. Bookshelves filled with fiction and French, dictionaries and design. I’ve realized that dream will probably never come true. Most of the pages that have engrossed […]

February 13, 2012 Continue reading…

The spell of Gili Trawangan: sincere or a sham?

As soon as I said I was going to Bali, it seemed like everyone told me to go to Gili Trawangan. More fun, more beautiful, more laid-back: the island was everything that Bali used to be. There is a slightly faded charm to biggest of the group of three isles, located a three-hour fast boat […]

February 10, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Ubud Market

If food is the heart of a culture, then markets are its oxygen. Markets are the life source of a community: a place not only to buy and sell sustenance, but to exchange stories, recipes and smiles.   Ubud Market was no exception: it buzzed with energy, enthusiasm and a healthy dose of chaos. In […]

February 9, 2012 Continue reading…

First impressions of Bali

Bali was my way of baby steps into Asia. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I wasn’t sure what sort of Westerner I’d be. Would I fall in love with the culture and the scenery and the people and the fact that everything is cheap as chips? Or would I be like the woman […]

February 8, 2012 Continue reading…

What Mimi taught me about traveling

My grandmother is easily one of my favorite people to share a drink with: whether it’s a glass of pink champagne or a can of Budweiser, Mimi is always a wealth of stories and laughs. She’s easily the nicest person I know, is a talented (and persistent) gardener, and makes the best chocolate chip cookies […]

February 5, 2012 Continue reading…