Monthly Archives: January 2013

Houseboating in Kerela

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If you read my blog, you may remember that the first half of our India trip was a little intense. By the time we left Varanasi, I was ready for the easy lifestyle of Thailand. But, before we blew that pop stand forever, there was one last stop we needed to make – Southern India and the Kerela Backwaters. I had been reading about the planning a houseboat tour of the Kerela Backwaters since I saw a Bourdain special on it a few years ago. It looked amazing and seemed to be a really relaxing way to end our India … Read More

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Australia has Toilet Paper!

I arrived a few days ago in Sydney after an overnight flight from Bali. A good friend of mine from college lives in the city so I am currently in his very nice apartment drinking white wine that I bought at   a large (and expensive) grocery store across the street. I was even carded! Rules! Civilization! This could be America. Sydney has everything you expect in a large Western city – public transportation, abundant air conditioning, pedestrian walkways, hug stores selling everything you could every need. Its my first time out of Asia in months and despite being thousands … Read More

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Miracle at Kelimutu Craters

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We didn’t have great luck with the weather in Indonesia. We went during the rainy season and soon realized this meant that each day would involve at least some (and many times LOTS) of rain. Not matter, on Bali there was plenty of time to lay in the beach while it was sunny and plenty to explore during the rainy weather. However, by the time we flew to Flores (a neighboring island in Indonesia) we were ready for some sun. We had planned two very weather dependant activities – the first was a trip to the famous Kelimutu Craters and … Read More

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I’m an idiot

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If you follow this blog, you know that throughout this trip I’ve encountered several small, but bizarre injuries in my travels. First was my broken toe in Nepal, followed by my perforated eardrum on the way home from Everest Base Camp. Although both of these injuries were avoidable (wear better shoes while hiking and don’t try and pop your ears on the plane), neither of them can stack up to my recent malady’s stupidity. Not a week after I posted an article bemoaning the dumb choices traveller’s make, I did the most idiotic thing I’ve done on my trip so … Read More

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The “Best” Tour Ever

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For some reason, despite the fact that not a single tour we’ve done on this trip has gone well, I’ve yet to learn my lesson. You would think after the disaster that was our Great Wall Adventure we would have written off tours forever. In fact, we have signed up for several other one – three day tours without much more success. Our tiger leaping gorge tour was only marginally better and even a boat ride of Inle Lake in Myanmar that we arranged resulted in a visit to at least 5 “crafts dealers.” These tours got so predictably bad that … Read More

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The Lost Dutchman

Marten, Shannon and I at Everest

On Christmas Eve, Shannon and I somehow lost our travel companion, Marten. You may remember Marten from when we spent 11 days trekking to Everest Base Camp. Well, after exploring India, Shannon and I met up with Marten in Indonesia and planned to spend two weeks exploring Java and celebrating Christmas. Of course, that was until we lost him. (Slight disclaimer: Before I get to far in this story, I want to go ahead and say that Marten ended up being fine. We can all assume that I wouldn’t post a slightly light hearted story on my blog if we … Read More

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