Curtis and Jen

Curtis and Jen

Curtis and Jen

My name is Curtis Hanson and I'm an application developer/systems administrator for the local school districts. I'm also a C-17 mechanic for the USAF and a clerk at a convenience store. In addition, I'm a student at Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland where I'm completing my degree is CS. I travel as often as I can - provided the mortgage is paid. Have currently been to 29 countries and 32 states; and have lived in the US (currently), South Korea, and Germany.

My name is Jennifer Joe. I was born on a clear Friday morning in San Francisco, California. I left there to move to Oregon when I was 29. Currently, I’m working at the City of Tigard as their Environmental Program Coordinator making sure the drinking water is safe for consumption as well as assisting our residents to conserve as much as they can in this drippy climate of ours. This trip will be my second out of North America.

We are preparing for our trip to Indonesia - specifically Java, Bali and perhaps Lompok. We leave the beginning of December for a few weeks. While there, our tentative destinations are: Jakarta, Borobudur, Prambanan, Mt. Bromo, Injin Crater, beaches of Bali and Lompok and everywhere in between. - “Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 23rd 2014

Ubud and Gili Trawangan - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Both Curtis and Jen were done with haggling and deciding on transportation options so we had the hotel arrange it for us. They expertly scheduled our shuttle to the dock and the speedboat to our next destination where we would spend Christmas - the largest of the Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan. The tickets included the return fare from Gili Trawangan and shuttle to Seminyak on Bali and cost 2.4M IDR. The price seems steep at first, but after calculating how much we would pay if we haggled each fare individually, we would probably save about $20 USD. While using the service, it was surprising to see how many other tourists utilized the same option. The Gili Islands are about a two hour speedboat ride north east of ... read more
Like the sign says: Turtle Conservation
Another sea turtle conservation sign

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 22nd 2014

Ubud, Bali - Saturday, 20 December, 2014 After a not so quick ferry ride (we actually got passed by a boat that left after us) we are finally leaving the island of Java and on our way to relaxing Bali. Getting off the ferry we needed to find transportation to get to the other side of the island. After some searching we found the bus station and haggled a price for tickets. Eventually we agreed on 60K IDR each for an air conditioned bus. This seemed a little expensive but we were willing to pay for the added comfort considering the last ride. The trip took approximately five hours. What we have learned about Indonesian pubic buses is that there is one driver and one guy that sells tickets. The ticket dude on this trip was ... read more
Infinity pool at the resort
Dinner in Ubud
Missed it!

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 21st 2014

Yogyakarta (Prambanan) - Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 Our second day in Yogyakarta begins our day trips to Java island's most popular natural and archaeological destinations. Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex of Hindu temples built around 8 - 10 CE (AD) and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We arranged a driver from our hotel for 400,000 IDR for a sunset tour. Park admission was not included and was 225,000 IDR ($20 USD) each person. Every monument in this country seems to be 225,000 IDR for foreigners, which seems a little steep. Our driver picked us up around 3pm at about the hottest part of the day, 95 F. He took us to Candi Sambisari (pronounced sandy sambi-sorry), one of the outer-lying temples, first. It appeared there were no foreign tourists about, only local school children. ... read more
Us at the Sultan's Palace

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 15th 2014

Jakarta - Friday, 12 December, 2014 After the long and uneventful flights to the country, we arrived at our hotel, Artotel, just before 2 a.m. The hotel is, as its name implies, arty. Not a single wall (interior nor exterior) was spared decoration. The lobby is decorated with a large purple and silver Christmas tree and the ambient speakers blare modern American-pop versions of holiday favorites. Our room has a large flat-screen TV and cable with all our American channels, all of them. A special reserved channel advertises the Artotel while playing an instrumental version of "On The Bus Mall" by The Decemberists. On another station, the Travel Channel is doing a show on the most haunted places on earth, this time featuring Portland's Shanghai Tunnels. Being so early in the morning, we went to bed. ... read more
Jen at National Monument
Cavalcade of Rickshaws
Jen at Istiqlal Mosque

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Jakarta December 12th 2014

After being dropped off at PDX at a time no one should be awake (thank you so much Jeremy); two layovers in San Francisco and Narita, Japan; five quality airplane meals; one crazy, unmetered taxi ride (we know, that could have been a mistake but it was actually like riding in a race car, and that's never bad) - we have finally made it to our hotel. Today we plan on exploring Jakarta and figuring out what Indonesian food entails. We will be here for the next three days trying to get our eyes used to the sunshine, the time change, and this somewhat refreshing humidity. Since not much has happened, the purpose of this entry to once again acquaint ourselves with how to use this site and to ensure the notifications work. If they don't ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 2nd 2012

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 Machu Picchu, Peru There are a lot of ways to get to Machu Picchu. For the more adventurous and physically apt, there's a 2 or 4 day hike along the historic Inka Trail. And for those pressed for time or just out of shape, there's a train/bus option. Of all the options of getting to Machu Picchu, we chose the old people way (train). Not because we ARE old, but because we didn't have time for the hike. A visit to Machu Picchu in this manner for those starting Cusco is a day long process. Much of the arrangements can be made in the city and even on the internet. But buyer beware! It can be a trying experience. We planned ahead by buying our train tickets and park passes online. PeruRail ... read more
Flower at Machu Picchu
The Sun Temple
Red plants at Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Puno March 31st 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 Our next stop on our trip was Copacobana, a quaint town on the shores of Lago Titicaca. But seeing as how Curtis accidentally miscalculated the length of time required for the trip, we decided after arriving in Copacobana to just push through to Puno in Peru. This is that mildly unentertaining story. How do we describe our uneventful bus ride? So, from Uyuni to La Paz is 12 hours. La Paz to Copacabana is anoth 5 hours. And lastly, Copacabana to Puno is another 6 hours. We spent so much time riding buses that both our ankles and calves swelled into balloons. In addition to our burns from the Salt Flats (don't underestimate the power of the sun at almost 3 miles from the sea). Why doesn't Bolivia nor Peru run trains ... read more
Swollen and sunburned
Ferrying our bus across Lake Titicaca
San Francisco Church in Copacabana

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 La Paz, Bolivia For our last day in La Paz - at least until our return flight - we checked out of our hotel and finished up some last minute sight-seeing before the Salt Flats. We browsed the markets, discovering both the Witch´s Market and Black Market. The Witch´s Market contained your usual ¨run of the mill¨handcrafts found in most other markets, but also had dried llama fetuses (just in case you were looking for some, go here). The Black Market - which pretty much looked like a Home Depot expoded- is the market containing goods smuggled from Chile. While we didn´t see any, our book noted that the occasional Bolivian law enforcement officer could be found shopping here as well. We opted on purchasing some super cheap, kitcsh, sunglasses and baby ... read more
Curtis & Jen in Uyuni

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 25th 2012

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 We arrived safely in La Paz about 6am. The flights were tolerable, Curtis was body searched at Portland, we sat directly in front a crying baby from San Francisco to Miami, and they managed to lose our luggage upon arrival in La Paz. We took a taxi to the city center, where our hotel was located, and had to wait till 11am to check-in. So we wondered about the streets and had breakfast till our room was available. After check in, we took a well deserved nap and were fresh (minus clean clothes) and ready to explore our surroundings. Those who are familiar with altitude sickness can relate to how we may have been feeling at the time - at 12,250 feet (2.25mi). We did not suffer from the major effects we´ve ... read more
Curtis body searched
Plaza de San Francisco
They threw a parade for us

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland March 22nd 2012

March 22nd, 2012 Welcome everyone to our Peru and Bolivia travel blog! We'd like to take this opportunity to tell you where we'll be going, what we'll be doing, and how this blog works. This first post is to inform you that you are a participant in our blog, the only emails you'll get from us are ones regarding our trips. The Plan We'll be leaving for Bolivia early on Thursday (March 22nd) and arriving in La Paz at about six in the morning the following day. La Paz is the highest captial in the world standing at 11,913 feet (2 1/4 miles). We'll spend our first couple days here to acclimate to the altitude before heading south to the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats). Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, is ... read more

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