If I can’t walk it, I will bike it…

February 13, 2012

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After 4 or 5 days of rest in Vientiane, I decided i’d continue the Smile Trek by bike, making it up to Hanoi, Vietnam… I met and spoke with many cyclists in those days who all encouraged me to “join the club!” Sure, sounds exciting, but what kind of bike? how many gears? what are […]

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Vientiane, Laos

February 12, 2012

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I love making surprises. I decided to make another surprise visit to Winston on his Smile Trek. He posted a public event at the US Embassy in Vientiane, Laos so I figured it’d be easy to find him. Vientiane is a pretty mini capital “city” as well. Turned out, he was just 3 blocks away eating […]

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Delhi, Diwali, & Day of Birth

October 30, 2011

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Oct. 24 – I am quite nervous entering Delhi. In fact, I have been nervous for several days, recalling the chaos of Mumbai back in 2008 when i last visited India. On that first trip, I had the security of a host Rotarian family and fellow Rotaractors to drive, bargain, and direct me from rickshaw […]

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Food and Song in Blitar, East Java

October 29, 2011

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i spent a few days with grandpa before i went to Singapore, and now i am back for what i thought would be another few days. Unfortunately, grandpa is in the hospital. I stay in Blitar until he returns home… While he rests, I hang out with a new friend, Nidya, who knows all cool […]

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Surprise, I am in Singapore!

October 4, 2011

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A very last minute side trip to Singapore must be had. My friend is about to embark on a 5,000 mile trek through SE Asia, walking, camping, and eating all by himslef for the next year! (www.smiletrek.org). He is raising $50,000 for reconstructive surgeries for children all over the world… I missed his stateside going […]

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Amed/Jemeluk, Bali

September 24, 2011

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Salt is the native commodity here. The villagers rake, cultivate, dry and scoop their salt farm every morning and all day. This shot is a view of mt agung at the break of dawn as the orange sun dips the top of the mountain. I spend a few days here- snorkeling, operating a motorbike for […]

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return to Ubud

September 21, 2011

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After one day in the south, i decide to head back to Ubud. This time my hosts take me to a few places beyond the usual tourist agenda, including this rice field just north of the center. after the people’s rice field we visit an ashram… later that night we meet with friends for a nice […]

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I need to see the water… but Kuta is a hot mess!

September 18, 2011

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After a few days, I feel this urge to see the water. I am in Bali and haven’t gone to the beach yet. And, although I know Kuta is a disaster area (overflowing broken streets of buzzing motorbikes, drunkard euros, terrible tourists, and vendors attempting to make a living off of it all), it’s a […]

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Arrival in Bali

September 14, 2011

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Upon arrival in Bali, i went straight for the inland city of Ubud. In the past, all of my trips to Ubud have been touristic day trips, but this time i plan to spend a couple days there. and i am so excited to have my first international CS (couch surfing) experience! My hosts have […]

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Lima

August 14, 2011

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landed in a grey, cold, wet Lima, but arrived with a very friendly hug- one that actually lifted me right up and outta the airport (backpack on, i might add!) And he would’ve taken me all the way to the taxi had i not asked to be placed back on my feet… I felt this trip […]

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