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winter wonderland

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

i know all of you back home are complaining about the heat, and just a few weeks ago so were we! bali, singapore, thailand, all of them kept us busy figuring out different ways to beat the heat. it all seems like so long ago, now that we’re in the cold weather of new zealand! last night our room was so cold, and jess and i took turns staring dumbly at our radiator, fiddling with the controls, kicking it, and trying to get the damn thing to work. we both gave up and headed to bed bundled up, crossing our fingers it would magically go on during the night. somehow this morning, around 10am it started to gurgle and now we’ve got a nice and toasty room. go figure.

yes, we’ve made it to the southern hemisphere. yes, australia, new zealand, and the rest of the world “down under” are heading into winter. yes, the toilets flush in the opposite direction down here. and no, we haven’t tried vegemite. we’re definitely not in asia anymore.
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bye bye, bali

Monday, May 19th, 2008

last night while i was getting ready to fall asleep, i kept thinking about all the things i need to do before we leave bali tomorrow night. it’s always like that when we’re getting ready to pack up and move on, and it was distracting me so this morning i put it down in a list. it’s mostly things to buy (cheap sunglasses, a larger duffel bag, shampoo, a few souvenirs) and things to do (fix ipod, reconfirm our flight). some of the items on my list are things that are SO “bali” that we have to fit them in one more time before we leave. cheap meals (yesterday i had a t-bone steak dinner for $2), cheap spa treaments (massage, deep conditioning hair treatment, and mani/pedi for $25), and of course, laying by the pool to soak up the bali sunshine.

this morning i woke up ready to jump into my bikini and… it’s POURING outside. like, cats and dogs pouring.

WHAT? it rains in kuta?!?
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eat, pray, love

Saturday, May 17th, 2008
if you've read elizabeth gilbert's eat, pray, love, then you will understand my excitement at what we did this morning! =) his personal copy of the book[Continue reading this entry]

the end is (unfortunately) near

Saturday, May 17th, 2008
i can't believe how quickly time flies! we're at the point where we've only got one month to go before we head back to reality! im bracing for some major culture shock heading back to the world as i knew ... [Continue reading this entry]

health on the road

Sunday, May 4th, 2008
i have to admit that i'd never heard of typhoid mary, and only heard passing mention of typhoid itself until just the other day. i probably could have gone my whole life without really needing to know what ... [Continue reading this entry]