Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Typical Day in Bali

Written by Karen.

Today as we were wandering around town, I thought - not for the first time - what a crazy, unbelievable and wonderful travel adventure we were having.  We weren’t doing anything particularly extreme and hadn’t really planned out our day with activities.  We just wander around town and see what we see. It is a simple and good life. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Looking Around in Bali

Written by Karen.

During our stay in Ubud, Bali, we were able to meet up with some Swiss friends of ours - Sabine and Andy.  We originally met them when we were overlanding in our VW Vanagon in 2015 in Oaxaca, Mexico.  We stayed in touch as they went further into South America, and we returned to the USA to assist with my sister’s medical care.  They mentioned to us that they were planning on spending some time in Bali, and since we decided that Southeast Asia was next up for our world tour, we made plans to get together - and Bali was the best place.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fire and Rice

Written by Karen.

Back in Ubud, Bali, we were tipping towards feeling a little frustrated as the clock ticked off our fourth hour sitting in traffic in our hired car.   Our well-laid plans of extending our Indonesian travel visa for another month was blowing up all around us.  It is 22 kilometers from Ubud to the capital city of Denpasar;  it is only a short distance on a paper map.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Monkey Business

Written by Karen.

We were on the fence about going to visit the monkeys in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in downtown Ubud.  We had heard from other travelers that the monkeys could be a bit impulsive and jump on your head, or tear apart your back pack or unzip zippers in search of food or something shiny.  In both of these cases, you could get scratched or bitten, and immediately our fertile imaginations conceived of all sorts of bad diseases that we could get from a monkey scratch or bite.  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bali - The Island of the Gods

Written by Karen.

There are certain places on this planet that I have long dreamed of visiting.  Bali - The Island of the Gods - is one of those places.  I have long lusted over colorful pictures of swaying palm trees, rippling green rice fields, tropical birds and monkeys, exquisite foods, elaborate dance and friendly-looking people.  I have watched - and re-watched to the point of memorization - travel shows that featured Bali and the oft-considered conclusion that once you have arrived…that people decide to just never leave.   To simply “Go bamboo.”  That Bali is - could be - the end of the line for those who wander by slowly traveling, just like us.   

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Exploring Jakarta, Indonesia

Written by Karen.

Several hundred years ago, Batavia was a walled settlement for the Dutch East India Company that became their dominant hub of a thriving shipping spice trade for centuries to come.  The wooden ships of their day, full of spices as well as other cash crops of coffee, silk, perfume, opium, slaves and tobacco docked in the nearby port of Sunda Kelopa Harbor and were subsequently unloaded for sale.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Virtual Normality

Written by Adam

“With more than one billion permutations available—from unique textures to clothing, accessories, and more—you can build something that truly represents your own style,” the firm said.

Wow.  I guess the inevitable future has finally arrived, at least according to the firm.

What Oculus (the firm) announced are the initial steps towards people participating in virtual reality, and the major concepts and potential of the burgeoning technology.