Archive for the ‘RTW: 2007-2008’ Category

Should I stay or should I go???

Should I stay or should I go???

For the past few months I have been completely conflicted as to what I would do once today were to finally come. Today is the day my return flight to San Francisco expires. My return ticket was only valid for one year from the date of my departure, November 12, 2007. It is so hard […]

Top 20 must tries in OZ…

Here are a few of my favorite things to eat while I was down under…. Vegemite on toast: It is a brown, salty spread that I think is YUCK but all Aussies love it?!?!Kangaroo: surprisingly good if you can get past the cute image of the roo in your head! Tastes like flank steak to […]

The odd things I will remember about OZ…

Everything is “mini-sized” – Large pizzas are the size of a small pizza in the states! I know what you are going to say…everything is “super sized in America” but it is crazy when little me can eat and ENTIRE large pizza all by myself! Hamburgers are served with a fried egg and beet root […]

Aussie Lingo

After spending six months in Australia this past year, I have increased my vocabulary with the HEAPS of “Aussie Lingo” I have so often heard. In the beginning, I was like…”Say What??” but now there are times that I catch myself saying these phrases without even thinking about it. A few of my favorites that […]

Kuta Beach, Bali

Kuta Beach, Bali

We all headed back to Kuta, Bali, where I spent my last three days in Southeast Asia. Most people have heard of Kuta as a result of the terrorist bombings that occurred here in 2003 & 2005. It was eerie being in Bali on the anniversary of the bombings. And at this very moment, as […]

The Gilis

The Gilis

From Ubud, Sara and I took a shuttle bus east to Padangbai, Bali, where we boarded the Perama boat the only boat that offers service directly to the Gilis from Bali. The five hour boat ride was less than luxurious but we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery as we went up the west […]

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

After a few days at the beach, Sara and I headed to the city of Ubud, located about an hour north of Kuta. Tourist come to Ubud for the arts as it is considered the cultural center of Bali. Late in the 19th century, Cokorda Gede Sukawati established a branch of the Sukawati royal family […]

Sara meets me in Seminyak, Bali

Sara meets me in Seminyak, Bali

I arrived in Bali, Indonesia a few days before my friend Sara was due to arrive from San Francisco. I spent those first days doing absolutely nothing as I feared that my two weeks with Sara would be jam packed and exhausting. I have come to expect friends that visit me during my travels are […]

Map of Indonesia

Map of Indonesia

Slinging it in Singapore!

Slinging it in Singapore!

Nicole and I took a bus from Melaka, Malaysia to Singapore. The bus ride took four hours and cost only $15. It is quite shocking to see how immaculate Singapore is right in the middle of Southeast Asia! It is modern, clean, organized and has the ultra-efficient Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system that can […]

Melaka

Melaka

After the jungle, we headed Melaka, which turned out to be a charming town full of Malaysian history. We arrived in Melaka on October 1st, the first day after the end of Ramada which is a big celebration for the Muslim communities as well as the beginning of a week long holiday. Melaka was crowded […]

Back to the jungle…Taman Negara

Back to the jungle…Taman Negara

After traveling apart for two weeks, Nicole and I met up again in Taman Negara, Malaysia. Lonely Planet described Taman Negara as “A buzzing, leech-infested mass of primary forest over 130 million years old, sprawling across 4343 sq km.” Despite all the “jungle fun” we had in Laos a few months back, Nicole and I […]

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