1. When I was a kid, I thought that ‘Yogyakarta’ was a stupid name. I mean, here’s an island (with the same name as the street I grew up on, hence the youthful interest) with a capital called Jakarta (birthplace of the American president!) and – on the same island – they name one of… Continue reading Yogyakarta

Ye Olde Boat Race

On the last day in Bali, the locals were gearing up for Independence Day, which occurs August 17. The Balinese were kicking off a weeklong festival that would culminate in a parade and an open offer for anyone to climb a greased palm tree (Seriously; I wish I could be there). The first event was… Continue reading Ye Olde Boat Race