Friday, December 19, 2014

Drowning in a Blessing

There are no pictures of this ceremony, so here's a pretty picture from a walk I took in the rice paddies of Ubud. 

I gasped for air as the water ran over my face, up my nose and into my mouth. “I’m drowning,” I thought, as I forced air from my mouth and out in the world. “I wonder how clean that water is,” I thought as I snapped back into my most current reality. I was being blessed, I remembered vaguely, but let’s back track a bit.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fenway Studios, Open Studio - Boston

One of the ways that I help stave off the re-entry blues is continuing to let my traveler spirit flow while at home. I try to do things I would do on the road but locally. I stay curious and I explore.  In a place like Massachusetts this is quite easy. We have incredible museums, hiking, green spaces and food. Unique events always pass by my radar and believe it or not I heard about this one on the radio.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tehran, Iran – Day 1 – Qeytariyeh and Tajrish

North of Tehran buffered by the Alborz Mountains. 
A long day of travel and lots of joy tears later, I found myself, with my parents, in Tehran, Iran.  My head hit the pillow and I was out cold until the morning. Besides being overjoyed at being able to see my parents after so many months away, I was thrilled to be back in Iran for a second time. My first trip, with my family, was during Dec – Jan of 2005-2006 for three weeks. That trip was pre-blog, so I’ve never written about it much besides a few photo essays. I’ll just quickly say that that trip remains in my top three best all time trips so far.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My First Tropical Island - Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

For someone who travels as much as I do, it might seem strange that I had never been to a tropical island. But that was exactly the case until several months ago. I finally visited my first tropical island, Koh Rong Island, off the coast of Cambodia.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bali Eco Cycle Tour

While in Bali, I had the great pleasure of taking the Bali Eco Cycle Tour. It was recommended by a friend and it was an excellent recommendation. It showed the side of Bali I was looking for, the culture and the countryside. It was a full day tour that was balanced in a way that you never felt bored or rushed.
We were picked up in a van between 7:30 and 8:00 am. (I was picked up at a random supermarket that I was told was close to where I was staying, it wasn't and I got chased by a very scary dog on the way. I uttered a scream I didn't now I had in me, as it chased me up a hill on the outskirts of Ubud.)  By the end of pickups we had a group of 9 people, plus our guide Argus or Augus, I’m not really sure which one it actually was. We learned through the day that Argus was a funny man, a jokester. He was subtle about it and for a second you thought he was telling you a real fact about Balinese culture when in fact it was a joke. It made for a very entertaining day. As with all tours, the guide makes all the difference in the end.