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Indonesia

Panjat Pinang, The Slippery Traditional Game Of Indonesia

Panjat Pinang Closing Photo

From the moment I first saw this traditional game being played a few days before August 17th, Indonesian Independence Day, I knew I wanted to participate! It was so different from anything I’d ever seen before but the enjoyment and comradery amongst not just the participants but also the spectators was undeniable. Luckily after being … Read More

Banyusumurup Traditional Village: Home Of The Keris

Banyu Sumurup, Indonesia, home of the keris

In my quest to explore the non-touristy side of Indonesia I recently took a day-trip out to Banyusumurup, a small village located southeast of Yogyakarta and home to dozens of skilled craftsmen that still produce the renowned keris. Although the village itself is well off the beaten path, the keris themselves — despite their rich … Read More

Kebun Binatang Bandung: The Most Depressing Zoo Ever?

Hungry bears beg for food at Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo

Zoos, although an educational and inspiring experience for children, often caused mixed feelings among adults. It is rare that I visit them nowadays but a couple weeks ago while in Bandung I did happen to pass through Kebun Binatang Bandung Zoo. Only after traveling and being forced to stop does one truly realize how the … Read More

4 Weeks to Prepare for a 4-Year RTW Adventure. Oh crap.

RTW2KXV

That’s right, in just one month I will bid adieu to my house in Austin and embark on my longest and greatest adventure yet. No more ‘six weeks in this country’ or ‘six months on the road,’ this time it’s the infamous “sell all my possessions and buy a one-way ticket” scenario. The wild part … Read More