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Taxis Around the World

Inoke, our cab driver in Taveuni, Fiji

Although we have been getting around with rental cars and trains in Italy, in Southeast Asia we took more cabs.  Here are some of the many cab drivers, pedicab peddlers and becak operators we have met along the way.                 Thanks for helping us get to where we needed to go, guys!

Indonesia: the wrap-up

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Days in country: 45 Average cost per day: $67 Indonesia is cheap. Two tickets to the Ubud monkey forest cost us $0.41. Dinner at a restaurant with communal tables and a nice mix of locals and tourists cost us $3.17, for two meals. We spent an average of $25/night on lodging, which was a nice break coming from our super expensive New Zealand experience. What we did: We flew into Bali two days before the Balinese New Year and spent five days in Kuta before heading to the cultural center…

Stuff Southeast Asians Like

So good.

With three months of travel in this region, we are pretty much experts on all things Southeast Asia* and qualified to make sweeping judgments about the preferences of the 600+ million people who live in this part of the world.  So without further ado… Stuff Southeast Asians Like: Straws – Since we’ve arrived in this part of the world, nearly every drink we’ve ordered has come with a straw. And sometimes, if we’re ordering a smoothie (we order lots of smoothies), it comes with two: a normal straw, and one…

Sunrise at Borobudur

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Borobudur, on Indonesia’s island of Java, is home to the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned somewhere around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814.  It is the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia, and is still a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Borobudur Temple Compounds, as they are officially known, were built in three tiers: a large base nearly 400 feet on each side that has five levels; on top of that are…

Bali’s Ogoh-ogoh and a Noisy New Year’s Eve

Nyepi, Bali’s new year, is celebrated in total silence. All shops, bars and restaurants on the island close – even the international airport is shut down – and no one is allowed out on the streets. This is so that any evil spirits who visit Bali will decide the island is uninhabited and leave it alone for the coming year. But the night before Nyepi, new year’s eve, is a different matter. Silence is definitely not called for. New year’s eve, the ‘Day of Great Sacrifices,’ is marked with ceremonies…

Ubud’s Monkey Forest

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Ubud, a town on Indonesia’s island of Bali, is a popular destination for tourists. Ubud is a bit of a cultural hotspot, with dance performances, temples galore, and more batik classes than you can shake a sarong at. And it has a monkey forest. The Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a temple complex and a nature reserve. The monkey forest is a sacred site for Balinese Hindus, who believe that forested areas like this one are a place where important human and animal spirits remain.…