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Savage Monkeys and Sunsets in Indonesia

Savage Monkeys and Sunsets in Indonesia

It seemed to be in slow motion, inch-long, gleaming white teeth lunging towards me. The only thing that kept me from a bleeding arm and a series of rabies shots was my surf shirt that I whipped it with. Half a second before I had decided it would be a good idea to save a tourists' bag from a wild monkey by scaring it with a little jump. Luckily it growled and ran off, but not without showing me who’s beach we were on and giving my friend a good laugh. If you ever go to the cave at Uluwatu, don’t...

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India Part 3: Varanasi

India Part 3: Varanasi

The spiritual capital of Hinduism is believed by some to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. As you meander through the ancient labyrinth of alleyways, there’s a good chance you’ll run into a funeral procession, which is usually just a group of men carrying a corpse on a stretcher, heading to the burning ghats on the banks of the holy Ganges river where the body will be burned in order to be released from samsara (the reincarnation cycle). Like its fellow holy city Pushkar, Varanasi has a temple at nearly every corner, and the ghats (steps leading down...

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India Part 2: Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur)

India Part 2: Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur)

I awoke with a thud that shook my whole body and knocked my head against the bus window. I was on a dusty, bumpy, five-hour bus ride through the Rajasthani desert in a beatdown bus with no air conditioning, surrounded by colorfully clad women and tired-faced men. As I reached for my phone, I winced at my sore bottom, still recovering from a short camel safari. I’d spent the previous few days in the Blue City, Jodhpur, and was now headed to the holy city of Pushkar. Jodhpur is covered in indigo-stained houses and ancient winding roads that tuk-tuk drivers...

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India Part 1: Mumbai, Delhi, Agra

India Part 1: Mumbai, Delhi, Agra

The flash of vivid colors dances through the scene at every turn. The sound of horns blaring, music blasting, people laughing and fighting, and a variety of animals from cows and goats to dogs and chickens, all making their respective clatter, fills the air. It smells masala spiced with a touch of exhaust, and bio-waste.  Ancient traditions merge and clash with western influence. Simply walking down the street as a white foreigner gives you two magical powers: Turning men’s eyeballs into dollar signs as they offer you everything they can possibly think of. Morphs you into virtually a superstar and...

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Exploring Hong Kong and Tai O

Exploring Hong Kong and Tai O

Neon lights, green hills, dim sum for days, beautiful beaches, scattered islands, and a wide array of art and architecture make Hong Kong the perfect mix of urban meets nature. One of the unique cities in the world has an unrivaled skyline and a hum of activity flowing through a combination of decaying buildings and flashy skyscrapers.  Hong Kong is more disorderly and frenzied than its neighbor to the northeast, Tokyo, while maintaining a modern and elegant vibe. The surrounding island villages like Tai-O can quickly make you forget you're a ferry ride away from the megalopolis. With 20 years to go before the Hong...

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