Southeast Asia | Photojournal by Madlén Hjelmroth

Southeast Asia | Photojournal by Madlén Hjelmroth

We have a few friends who travel like we do, and find interests in the things we do. We always like to see the way they capture the human experience of a place, and are fortunate to have friends as Madlén Hjelmroth, a photographer and fellow citizen of the world, residing in Göteborg, Sweden. We tend to not think about the daily lives of people in other places around the world. We either assume their are…

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Bali – Back Roads, Rice Fields, and Volcanoes

Bali – Back Roads, Rice Fields, and Volcanoes

If you’re ever pulled over on a motorbike or in a car on the island of Bali, either make sure you have an international license, or tell them you left all your documents in your room. There are roadblocks all around the island, often looking more for foreigners to site for violations, though content to catch any infraction of the law. There are two ways to pay – either go to court, or pay the…

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Foodie Adventures in Seoul, Korea

Foodie Adventures in Seoul, Korea

Fellow Traveler and Kindred Spirit, Sharon, shares some of her favorite meals as she eats her way through Seoul, Korea. Try not to slobber on your computer :) (Click on images to enlarge)   activate javascript activate javascript activate javascript

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Things to do in Krabi, Thailand

Things to do in Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is a large province on west coast of southern Thailand. Krabi Town is the capitol, a quaint little city that lies at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties into Phang Nga Bay, then into the Andaman Sea. It is a relaxed place of diversity, delicious food, and breathtaking scenes. Large limestone cliffs jut high into the sky, lush jungles and mangrove forests surround the area, and it is the perfect location…

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Evil Spirits of Nyepi Eve on Bali

Evil Spirits of Nyepi Eve on Bali

WARNING: Some of the following images are graphic and of a disturbing nature We spent the day of Nyepi Eve, or New Years Eve, roaming the towns and villages of Bali, awing at the Ogoh-Ogoh, the large papier-mache effigies of evil demons that were to be paraded through the streets then burned at midnight. This was symbolic of killing off all the evil spirits and bad energy, so the citizens could live more peaceful and pure…

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Nyepi – Celebrating the Balinese New Year

Nyepi – Celebrating the Balinese New Year

In all my travels, never have I encountered a holiday tradition as unique as Nyepi. It’s the Balinese ‘day of silence’ that is commemorated every new year following the dark moon of the spring equinox – which lucky enough for us, happened during our stay on the island. What made this experience so special, is that the Hindu island of Bali, lies in a country that is dominantly Muslim, the the largest Islamic country in the world…

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Reflections on Bali

Reflections on Bali

You can’t escape the spirituality of Bali. And hen you’re there, you welcome being submerged in it. Not imposing but literally everywhere, offerings of flowers and burning incense line the streets, welcoming you at the entrance of restaurants, driveways of guesthouses, and strewn across temples. People come here to get away, to immerse themselves in yoga, meditation, or some other form of cleansing, wellness, awareness, and mindfulness. The island is in many ways a paradise,…

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Bali Beach Experience

Bali Beach Experience

When we first arrived on Bali, we thought of it like many of the smaller islands we had visited in other parts of the world, assuming that the beach would be at our feet. Bali is a much larger island, and though the beach is always right there, it is not always easily accessible or ideal for enjoying the shore. There are many options on Bali, some of which are quite exotic with black, volcanic…

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Bohemian Bangkok

Bohemian Bangkok

I’ve been in many large cities in my life. London, New York, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Chicago, Washington DC – none of them prepare you for Bangkok. When you think of Thailand, you think of Buddhist monks in saffron robes, domesticated elephants, beaches that truly look like the shores of paradise, and the perfect balance of spices and coconut milk. What you experience when you hit Bangkok is something very different. We’ve been in Bangkok…

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How Monks Cured my Travel Blues

How Monks Cured my Travel Blues

Today didn’t start well. I was suffering from some of the worse jet-lag I’ve yet to encounter, so I was a bit grumpy to begin with. That mixed with sciatica, this damned pinched nerve that has been plaguing the entire length of my right leg for the past year of my life, as well as a sickness I’d caught in the States last month that refuses to go away, leaving me coughing and wheezing like…

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Travel Alert: NO ATMS on El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Travel Alert: NO ATMS on El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Here’s a little tip, we learned the hard way. There are NO ATMs in El Nido, and many other of the more remote places in the Philippines. Many people travel to Palawan because of the beautiful, utopian islands, and many if not all people who come here, don’t know that there are NO bank machines around for hours. Of course we had our moments of panic. ‘How are we going to eat?’ We managed to…

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Top 10 dishes to eat in Malaysia

Top 10 dishes to eat in Malaysia

We love to eat, and have no shame in getting fat during our stints in Malaysia. It’s inevitable. We enjoy the food to much to refrain from gluttony. Here’s why: Malaysia is a melting pot of culture. There are Singaporeans, French, Thais, Indonesians, Spaniards, Arabs, and other Europeans thrown into the mix, but the country is dominantly Chinese, Indian, and Malay – meaning there is a lot of options when it comes to eating! The…

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