Ubud or Canggu in Bali: Which Is Better?

Ubud or Canggu in Bali: Which Is Better?

I just completed three weeks of living in Ubud and three weeks in Canggu. The two are the most alluring places to live and work in Bali. Now, time to do the unthinkable to help anyone trying to choose between Ubud and Canggu. Warning: This post is chock-full of...
Bali Update: Mount Agung and Change of Plans

Bali Update: Mount Agung and Change of Plans

I knew exactly what to do when I hit the ground in Bali. After chasing Sumatran cows in the spring, and having a big Indonesian adventure last year, I assimilated back into the Indonesia groove easily enough. My limited Bahasa vocabulary even bubbled to the surface....
Vagabonding Resumes: Back in Bali

Vagabonding Resumes: Back in Bali

Everyone seemed to be looking at me as I glided through the airport in Chicago. I slowly became aware of the unwanted attention. It was a strange phenomenon. So I straightened my back and held my head higher. I was making a statistically improbable amount of eye...

Going for a Ride in Bali

A cacophony of horns was the perfect soundtrack to what could only be described as exhaust sputtering road rage and chaos. Trucks overloaded three times over with dirty cargo had clogged the narrow intersection and motorcycles were buzzing in a swarm through every...

A Monkey Attacked Me Today!

Well, sort of. But it sounded fitting since my last post was dramatic and fraught with bad luck. 🙂 I decided to escape the drunk Swedes and Australians in Kuta and head north by minibus to the little town of Ubud. This place is still very touristy, but sleepy (things...

Holy Crap – I Almost Drowned!

The last thing I remember thinking as the third towering, three-meter-tall wave blocked out the sun and my cramped arms stopped moving was: “Oh my God, I’ve only been here three days!” Every day since I have been here on Bali, they have had red...