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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Bali to Java Ferry Capsizes

A few days ago, a ferry traveling from Bali to Java capsized, with reports so far of one person dead and 71 rescued. We just heard this news last night on an Indonesian news channel, but had trouble sussing out all of the details due to the broadcast being in Indonesian. Today, we found an…

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Ten Things We Learned as Tourists in Japan

After recently spending a week in Japan, here are ten things we learned as tourists in Japan, in no particular order. If you’re going to Japan in the near future, hopefully, these silly observations might help get you oriented quicker. Also, if you are going to Japan in the near future … then we are…

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12 Great Book Review Sites for Indie Middle Grade Novels

In preparation for my second Liberty Frye series book, Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate (scheduled for release on May 2!!), I’ve collected a few more reviews for the first in the series: Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen, in the hope that the same reviewer might then be able to review the…

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Important Bali Temples and Holy Sites: the Hyped

Important Bali Temples and Holy Sites: the Hyped This is a follow up to my previous post on obscure Bali temples and holy sites. I 1. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (a/k/a Pura Ulun Danau Bratan) Perched on the shores of Lake Bratan and encircled by forested mountainsides, Pura Ulun Danau Bratan is one of the more…

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