Guam Flashback: A year ago today …

If one could imagine the most opposite place to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, it just might be the tropical waters and palm-tree lined streets of Guam. And since I’m a little fascinated with ironies, it’s fitting that, a year ago today when we still called Balikpapan, Indonesia our home, Sam and I thought…

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Hello, Mt Surprise … and so long snow shoes!

It has taken awhile, but it appears Spring finally decided to settle her toes in the North Country for at least a few weeks, and our recent hike to Mt Surprise made this gloriously clear. I’ve privately griped about the weather here since late March, when I thought winter was SUPPOSED to be over. Don’t…

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On Moving to the White Mountains of New Hampshire

When Sam and I announced a few months back that we were moving to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, most people said: “Why?!” And a choice few said, “You’re crazy!” When we explained that we were drawn to the magnificent outdoors, including more National Forest with hiking and cross-country skiing trails than we’d ever…

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Fat Biking in New Hampshire: Where to Fat Bike!

Fat biking on fat bikes (or fat tire bikes) is a new-ish winter sport gaining speed in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Basically, these things look like one of those silly Floridian water sport toys floating next to the ubiquitous banana boat: big, goofy tires and a frame that doesn’t quite seem in proportion….

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Learning to Ski at Bretton Woods, NH

Having grown up in Southeast Asia, then attending my higher education in the southeast of the United States, it is fair to say I know nothing about snow. Except that it’s cold. And pretty. And it always makes me think of Narnia. But gliding over the surface of said material at unnatural speeds courtesy of…

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Our Garuda Airlines nightmare (that turned out to be true).

I penned this post almost a year ago, and am just now getting around to publishing our mid-August 2015 encounter with Indonesia’s recently-awarded “World’s Best Cabin Staff” airline: Garuda. I’m sure Garuda’s cabin staff is indeed splendid, but you know what isn’t? Some of their ticket-counter customer service reps (particularly those in Balikapan, Kalimantan Indonesia),…

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Balikpapan: On and Off the Beaten Path

Tomorrow, Sam and I will be leaving Balikpapan, Indonesia, and I don’t think that fact has fully settled in. After living here for two years, I guess that is understandable. Packing up our things has made me think of our time spent in this “oil town” of approximately 700,000 souls, and the kind of questions…

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Experiencing Iftar: Breaking the Fast during Ramadan

It is that time of year again: the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, where, among other things, observers abstain from eating or drinking during the day and participate in breaking the fast at sundown. And if the curtain-obscured restaurants, department store sales, night bazaars and lack of daytime street food stalls didn’t clue us into…

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Thoughts on living as a corporate expat in Indonesia

Having lived in Balikpapan, Kalimantan for nearly two years now, Sam and I have racked up some interesting experiences as foreigners/corporate expats in Indonesia. This, despite the fact that, if I’m being totally honest, I don’t feel as if I can really say we’ve fully “lived” in Indonesia. Perhaps my perspective is due to the…

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Lounging in Lombok–Bali’s Sister Island

Sam and I have been dying to visit Lombok — the most westerly island in the Nusa Tenggara island group of Indonesia — since before we came to live in Indonesia. We never had the chance, though, until this Easter weekend in late March. Otherwise known as Bali’s “sister island,” Lombok has really taken off in…

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