Loading

Tag Archives:

Indonesia

My list of Southeast Asia travel joys

My love affair with Southeast Asia was one of those opposites-attract scenarios: uptight, punctual hipster meets chaotic-bordering-on-crazy. Although brief, it was intense: it reminded me the act of breaking my rules can be its own reward. It...
Continue reading...

Postcard from Seminyak

Seminyak is considered one of the ritzier areas of Bali: it's not as crass as Kuta or as hippie as Ubud. It has world-class restaurants, excellent shopping and lattes perfectly frothed to meet the high expectations of visiting...
Continue reading...

Why “backpacker heaven” is actually my hell

I’m learning that any place Lonely Planet titles a “backpacker heaven” will be my idea of hell. Cheap drinks, crowded dorms, tanned and lithe bodies strolling the streets without a shirt. Backpacker heavens seem to be idyllic spots that have been...
Continue reading...

Where to stay in Bali: accommodation options

Bali has no shortage of accommodation options: you can splash out at an incredibly luxurious hotel, settle into a fabulous life at a villa, make your pennies stretch in bungalows or soak up a traditional family atmosphere in a homestay in a Balinese...
Continue reading...

What to do in Ubud

What Ubud lacks in stunning beaches and deep-water delights--the breezy, sunny Bali vacation common in Kuta or Seminyak--it makes up in lush green surroundings and no shortage of things to do. The town has a decidedly hippie vibe, cluttered...
Continue reading...

Postcard from the back of a motorbike

The best way to see Bali is by motorbike: the lush greenery rushing past, the thrill of speeding around incessant traffic, the chaotic and ceaseless beeping of horns. Once you escape the crowded center of Ubud, Bali seems to open up into one long...
Continue reading...

Learning how to cook Indonesian food

While I love eating Asian food, I barely know how to boil rice myself. Seriously. I buy my rice in those frozen packets from Trader Joe’s or gingerly poke at a pot of Minute Rice, with about 50/50 success rate. So thank goodness the Warung...
Continue reading...

Cycling through the Bali rice paddies

When I was zipping around Seminyak on my hot pink motorbike and saw people cycling through the cluttered streets, my first thought was: ARE YOU CRAZY? Smog, potholes, crazy drivers, the need to create your own lane and create your own throughway in a...
Continue reading...

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...
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...
Continue reading...
1 2