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Travel Bali

Travel Bali

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It’s the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its romantic resorts, sandy beaches and luscious green […]

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Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

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Many of us travel, among other reasons, for the love of food. These travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Surviving the Thailand Tsunami

Surviving the Thailand Tsunami

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My family and I couldn’t wait to vacation in Southern Thailand where the weather is almost always sunny and deliciously warm. The ocean is calm and clear. That’s where my husband, two daughters and I joined many other North Americans, Europeans and Australians. We had  plans to snorkel, dive, sail, kayak and relax. We had […]

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Returning to Paradise, Bali

Returning to Paradise, Bali

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  This was all my idea. And there were many moments before we boarded the twenty-five-hour flight for Bali via Taiwan when I thought I was crazy. Like when our fourteen-year-old daughter, J.C., announced we just had to get a hotel with a pool and internet access so she could lounge by day and email […]

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Bali and Beyond . . . Trance Dance!

Bali and Beyond . . . Trance Dance!

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Watch this to the end to see what the men do when they’re in a trance. I got a chance to see this rare Javanese dance performed in rural villages and accompanied by gamelan music. Dancers are calling the spirits to possess them.  When a dancer is possessed, he no longer performs regular dancing, but […]

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A Sultan’s Palace in Java and a puppet artist.

A Sultan’s Palace in Java and a puppet artist.

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Regal school girls practice English with the Gutsy Traveler. School girls, market, artist making shadow puppets. Shopping, handicrafts, etc.

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