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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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Faces and Places of Thailand and Burma

Faces and Places of Thailand and Burma

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My daughter and I traveled to Thailand and Burma for two weeks in May 2011. Here are some of the people and places that made the trip unforgettable!

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One Perfect Day in Bangkok

One Perfect Day in Bangkok

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Even after a dozen visits, I still love to spend a day or two in Bangkok between flights. Bangkok is a vibrant metropolis with golden temples, soaring skyscrapers,  royal palaces, and floating wooden boats selling flowers and vegetables, but it also has 10 million inhabitants, traffic gridlock, diesel exhaust, concrete and shopping malls. Here’s my […]

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Remembering Valentines & Romance in Kathmandu

Remembering Valentines & Romance in Kathmandu

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“Do what you love and love will follow,” my mother told me. So I took off alone around the world to walk, hike, climb, cycle and kayak my way through six continents and more than 70 countries around the world.   Along the way I never celebrated Valentine’s Day. I was sitting on a low sofa […]

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Giving Back

Giving Back

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A rewarding aspect of travel is learning about organizations around the world that help the people and places we visit, and giving back to them to support their causes. Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, founded by Olga Murray, is a nonprofit organization based in Sausalito, California that provides education, health […]

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Himalayas? Been or Want to Go?

Himalayas? Been or Want to Go?

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If you can’t travel to the Himalayas, the next best thing is to eat Himalayan cuisine. The Taste of the Himalayas Restaurant in Sausalito, California is the closest I’ve been to Nepal since I returned two years ago.  Serving Nepali, Tibetan and Indian dishes, the restaurant is one of three in the Bay Area.The other […]

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Temples of Kathmandu

Temples of Kathmandu

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Even if you only have one day in Kathmandu you should visit the “Monkey Temple” (Swyambunath, populated with new-born to mean-looking grandpa monkeys). My favorite Buddhist temple is Bodanath, famous for the huge eyes painted on the white round stupa. Bodanath is the largest Tibetan Temple in Kathmandu and there’s always some sort of festival […]

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Touchdown in Chaotic, Exotic Nepal

Touchdown in Chaotic, Exotic Nepal

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No one taking a daytime flight into Nepal should miss the jaw-dropping sight of the Himalayas along the northern horizon. In the Bangkok Airport my daughter and I requested window seats on the right side of the plane in hopes of seeing the massive peaks. TIP: Arrive at the airport early to snag a window […]

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Nepal or Bust in 2008

Nepal or Bust in 2008

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The Christmas gifts are opened and everyone’s happy, so it’s time to pack for the next trip. As you — my traveling friends know — my favorite gift is a boarding pass! On January 1st, my 19-year-old daughter (JC) and I leave via Thai Airways for Bangkok, where we’ll spend 2 days then fly to […]

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