The Hiatus Is Over Pt. 1

The Hiatus Is Over Pt. 1

An alternate title for this post: Mom, you can stop bugging me now.

The good news is that my hiatus from this blog is over. The bad news is that I really slacked on blogging about some pretty cool places and—because I’m trying to be realistic here—am unlikely to go back and catch up now with very much detail. In fact, I don’t even have it in me to catch you all up in one single post, so this will be a multi-parter.

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A Monk Gave Me Homework

A Monk Gave Me Homework

A post by Andrew.

Kathmandu is dusty, hot, and crowded. But also, colorful and sensational. The people are friendly and appear devoutly religious. But I will let Kelsey elaborate in another post—just know it is an overwhelming place for the first-time visitor. Fortunately, we had Monica—Kelsey’s childhood friend who lives and studies Buddhism in Kathmandu—to show us around for a few days. 

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Ubud Recommendations Inspired by Locals, Not Eat, Pray, Love

Ubud Recommendations Inspired by Locals, Not Eat, Pray, Love

I am little embarrassed to admit it, but I have wanted to visit Bali ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love. Seriously, how cliché is that? But, I am being honest here. I added Bali to my travel list almost solely because of this well-known best-selling book about a woman’s experience of falling in love with a (very attractive) Brazilian divorcé while biking through rice paddies in the lush exotic countryside.

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The Ngaben: A Royal Balinese Cremation Ceremony

The Ngaben: A Royal Balinese Cremation Ceremony

One beautiful morning during the breakfast/social hour at our comfy Airbnb in Ubud, our hosts eagerly asked if we had any plans the following Friday. Fortunately, we had zero (re: travel burnout realized with a closet) and agreed to accompany them to a Royal Ngaben Ceremony.

Confused by my fancy local words yet? I will explain. 

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