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About L’appel Du Vide
There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Tag Archives: Indonesia
When I originally planned my Indonesia it became apparent that it would be impossible to explore the entire country in the 28 days allowed by the visa on arrival. After carefully laying out an agenda – it looked like we would need a a minimum five extra days – which meant I would need to apply for a visa extension. Then, thanks to my epic worst day of travel, I arrived in Indonesia a day later than I anticipated. Then, thanks to ticket prices, I actually flew out to Australia a day earlier than expected. Then I found out that the visa … Read More
I’ve written before about the scams you may face while traveling – in fact I’ve been scammed myself. Having had this ‘experience’ I thought I was world wise and could avoid these all too common ploys to separate the traveler from their small budgets. In Mongolia, I met two Danish girls who I ended up traveling with for a few weeks. In Beijing, we met up for dinner and they began to relay the odd events of their day. They had apparently met these local Chinese girls who had invited them for tea… As soon as I heard the start … Read More
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
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
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
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
In Indonesia, we took ourselves out for a special little Christmas Eve treat – a cup of the world’s most expensive coffee. How expensive you may ask? One cup of this world famous cup of coffee costs a whopping $10. (Haha, although that is ridiculous it’s kind of not that crazy compared to the prices at Starbucks). So what makes this cup of joe so expensive? Well, Kopi Luwak, as the coffee is called is one of the rarest cups of Java in the world due to its very specialized production. You see these coffee beans are special. They have … Read More
I say this every month – But Holy Cow, it’s been four months. The trip is already well over halfway done. So what did I do in this fourth month of travel? Shannon and I kicked off the month by flying down to Kerela for our first taste of Southern India. Last month, we mainly explored Northern India so it was a nice change of scenery (and pace) to see the south. Sadly, we didn’t have as much time to explore as we would have liked but we did get to do one major highlight that I had been looking … Read More
When you’ve been on the road for over three months, travel days become a fact of life. Trains, buses, planes, traffic, airports… You get so used to spending hours and hours in transit that suddenly overnight bus rides and all day trains seem totally normal. However, obviously…some days are better than others. So far on this trip, things have gone pretty smoothly. We’ve had long days, but for the most part there have been very few delays or issues (with some notable exceptions). But, just when I was starting to get cocky we had what can only be described as … Read More