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2 Days in Tokyo

Written by on January 27, 2014 in Asia, General
2 Days in Tokyo

I’ve now made the mistake of skipping visiting Japan in favor of less expensive and further afield destinations on not one, but both of my RTW trips.  I had routed my round the world ticket through Tokyo with all intentions of spending a few weeks here, however ended up extending my time in Indonesia and […]

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South Korea

Written by on December 27, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
South Korea

It’d been almost one year since I left San Francisco on a mostly solo journey around the world.  Last December in Vietnam, I’d reconnected with two of my friends from New York City who’d since moved back home to South Korea.  They invited me to visit them, along with several other travel friends I met […]

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Bangkok, Thailand

Written by on November 21, 2013 in Asia, General with 0 Comments
Bangkok, Thailand

I woke up in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, spent the day in Bali watching a surf contest at Uluatu, and flew into Bangkok that evening.  I hadn’t been to Bangkok since 2002, so happily added on a 2 day stopover to my round-the-world ticket so I could re-acquaint myself with the city.  Despite Khao San Road’s […]

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Indonesia p6, Komodo

Written by on August 17, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments
Indonesia p6, Komodo

Diving in Komodo National Park had always been on the itinerary, so I was super-excited to finally land in Labuan Bajo, the main gateway to the Unesco Heritage site which encompassed Komodo and Rinca Islands, as well as several surrounding areas and their incredibly rich marine ecosystem. The narrow waters near Komodo are some of the most […]

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Indonesia p5, Lombok

Written by on July 26, 2013 in Asia, General with 6 Comments
Indonesia p5, Lombok

I caught the fast ferry from Nusa Lombangan to Gili Trawangan (nicknamed Gili T), one of 3 of the Gili Islands just off the Northwestern side of Lombok.  Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tengarra province of Indonesia, and home to ~3 million people, predominantly Muslim.  I don’t think there is one traveler that […]

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Indonesia p4, Bali

Written by on July 14, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Indonesia p4, Bali

I have been wanting to explore Bali since my last trip around the world…and since my first four days the month before were more of a nightlife tour where I hardly saw the light of day, I was now ready to try to find the cultural side of this very popular holiday destination.  It is […]

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Indonesia p3, Java

Written by on June 25, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments
Indonesia p3, Java

I’d been in Indonesia for almost a month, but most of my time had been spent underwater and at dive resorts, so I thought it was about time I checked out the more cultural side of this country. Yogyakarta sounded like the perfect place to start.  Yogyakarta, which some have nicknamed “Yogya”, pronounced “Jog-ja”, is […]

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Indonesia p2: Raja Ampat

Written by on June 21, 2013 in Asia, General
Indonesia p2: Raja Ampat

I was transported from my hotel to the harbor where I joined a few others on a small “ferry” that transported us from the not-so-nice town of Sorong, to the isolated paradise called Raja Ampat, an archipelago of 1,500+ small islands, cays and shoals in Western Papua, Indonesia. Two hours later we arrived at the […]

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Indonesia p1: North Sulawesi

Written by on May 18, 2013 in Asia, General with 1 Comment
Indonesia p1: North Sulawesi

Upon arrival in Indonesia on May 2, I spent a fun-filled 4 nights of partying in Seminyak, Bali with my friend Jess, who’d flown in from Kuala Lumpur for a long weekend getaway.  She’s been coming to Bali for years and had a couple friends with villas that let us stay with them which was […]

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Philippines

Written by on May 17, 2013 in Asia, General with 2 Comments
Philippines

The Philippines are made up of over 7,000 islands, most of which are quite spread apart, so I knew going in that trying to squeeze in a dozen of them in 3 weeks (they give you a free 21 day visa on arrival and I had to get to Indonesia anyway, so couldn’t stay longer) […]

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