Rainy Afternoon Musings and Realizations

Hey everyone! It's been a few more days that I usually like to go without publishing a post... so here is one that I drafted back on November 21st in a coffee shop on a rainy afternoon in Ubud, Bali. I don't remember what exactly brought this rush of... I guess the appropriate term would … Continue reading Rainy Afternoon Musings and Realizations

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An Exciting Change of Plans

If you weren't aware, there are volcanos here on the island of Bali. One of them, Mount Agung has been threatening an eruption for months. A while ago, the alert level was quite high and they evacuated a 12km radius around the base of the mountain. Ubud is 50km away and is really out of … Continue reading An Exciting Change of Plans

(Almost Complete) Packing Inventory & Other Logistics/Planning

Now that I'm pretty stationary here in Bali, not moving around every one day or so, I've had quite a bit of down time. This afternoon I was laying on my bed resting and I thought "It's the perfect time to do a packing inventory post." So I got up, cleared the bed, and pulled … Continue reading (Almost Complete) Packing Inventory & Other Logistics/Planning

Headed to Bali

November 13th (Food Poisoning, Both Ends; Episode 1 [episodes discontinued until further notice]) 😀 I had to be up 5am latest; catch the first airport link train to the airport at 6am to catch my 8:50am flight to Bali. I got up and initially didn't feel bad at all... but that went downhill fast. I … Continue reading Headed to Bali

Luang Prabang and Boat Trip, Laos (November 6th through 8th, 2017)

November 6th Today we were driving from Vangvieng to Luang Prabang, a city further northwest. Our guides had forwarned us that the road, the whole trip, would be very hilly and curvy and to be aware that motion sickness might rear its ugly head if not careful. Well, they weren't kidding. I've been to Puerto … Continue reading Luang Prabang and Boat Trip, Laos (November 6th through 8th, 2017)

Off to Laos (Vientiane and Vangvieng – November 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2017)

November 3rd In the early morning of November 3rd, our tour leader, a couple of my tour mates, and myself got up and were out the door of the hotel at 5am. Why? Our tour guide wanted to give us the opportunity to experience the local outdoor morning exercise class that was led by someone … Continue reading Off to Laos (Vientiane and Vangvieng – November 3rd, 4th, & 5th, 2017)

Ha Long Bay & Hanoi, Vietnam (October 31st – November 2nd)

Ha Long Bay is an approximate four-hour drive from the train station in Hanoi. We arrived in the train station about 5:30am and got right on the bus. On our way, we pulled into this drive with a building that was pretty much a service area like on the NYS Thruway (minus the gas station … Continue reading Ha Long Bay & Hanoi, Vietnam (October 31st – November 2nd)

Hue, Vietnam (October 29th and 30th, 2017)

October 29th The 29th was a partial travel day from Hoi An to Hue (pronounced something like "vehhh"; not exactly "vay", but not just "veh"). We drove over this mountain pass which was beautiful but it was heavily overcast and so you couldn't see too far into the distance. The mountain pass we drove had … Continue reading Hue, Vietnam (October 29th and 30th, 2017)

Hoi An, Vietnam (October 27th and 28th)

October 27th The overnight train from Nha Trang to Hoi An (technically Da Nang - will explain later) left at approximately 8:00-ish. Now that we were experts on overnight trains, we weren't quite as excited as we were for the first one. So, no real party in one sleeper cabin this time. We all were … Continue reading Hoi An, Vietnam (October 27th and 28th)

Nha Trang, Vietnam (October 25th and 26th) – UPDATED

October 25th If you didn't read the last post, you should! Anyway - the overnight train was a blast. We finally went to sleep about 10:30 or 11:00pm and had to get up at about 5-5:30am to get off the train in Nha Trang. We had a short bus ride from the train station to … Continue reading Nha Trang, Vietnam (October 25th and 26th) – UPDATED