Welcome to my paradise September 16th 2007 ...is what I was singing along with as I jumped around in the Indonesian equivalent of a mosh pit with scores of pre-pubsecent Indonesian boys (and a few westerners!) on Kuta Beach, Bali, and for just over 2 weeks I fell in love with the paradise that is Indonesia (cheesy but true!). Forget buckets on the beach and the tuk tuks of Thailand, its all about Indonesia. Ignore the bird flu and claims o ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
"There is some perverse natural law which makes adversity lead to inspiration. I often wonder why I can't sit in a Paris cafe or a nice Caribbean hotel and feel the travel writing muse. Somehow the lack of running water, the fear of disease and the misery of a straw mat brings us closer to the brink and hence let us feel we are alive."
- Mary Morris "I should of stayed home: The Worst Trips of Great Writers"... full info