december 2016 – january 2017: indonesia

The last days in Bali

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and for good reason: I’ve been doing more of the internal work rather than traveling around seeing things. You know, things like relaxing, meditating, journaling, wandering aimlessly, reflecting and just...

A Balinese Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! After several days of rest and relaxation by the pool or wandering around Ubud, Jackie and I were eager to get out for some sightseeing, but didn’t want to venture far from town. We decided to get up early on the 31st and walk the 6km to the...

To market, to market…Ubud style

It’s been a quiet several days here in Bali. Ever since the water ceremony on Boxing Day I’ve had a scratchy and then full out sore throat. it could have been the fact that I was standing in frigid water for over an hour, serially submerging my head and...

A Boxing Day Water Blessing

While I was on Java having fun, Jackie had been visiting another island and hanging out with energy healers and local spiritual leaders. Jackie had been invited to visit a water temple with one of her new friends (and a Russian woman they had met on a snorkeling trip)...

Merry Christmas from Bali!

I made it back to Bali! After three full days of sightseeing Yogyakarta it was time to head back to the lush island of Bali for some relaxation. When I booked my hotel from Yogyakarta, I didn’t realize I had booked it for the remainder (18 days) of my stay in...

Mount Merapi with new friends

Not as many photos today but a great last day in Yogyakarta. Bram, Bambang, Annette and I headed out at 7am for Mount Merapi, an active volcano about 30min by car from the guest house. After winding our way up the base of the mountain we parked and arranged for an off...

A Pre-Christmas Miracle at Borobudur

Today is the day I get to visit Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, located about 40minutes from Yogyakarta. Late last night Bram, my guest house host, told me he wouldn’t be able to take me because his uncle is sick and asked if I minded if his...

Yogyakarta: Five Temples in 5 Hours

I arrived yesterday afternoon and took a $6 cab ride to my guest house, Andelis Homestay, located just on the outskirts of Yogyakarta. It’s rated the #1 Homestay in the city and I can see why: the owners, Bram and his wife Sita speak fluent English (which is rare on...

Indonesia: a journey

And the journey begins. I booked this trip back in July and coordinated it with my friend Jackie so we would take the same flights to and from Bali for 4 weeks of peace, tranquility and balance. 2016 was a year of change, upheaval and transition. This will be an...