October 20, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: What to do when your road trip throws you road blocks in the Four Corners, USA

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Cost/day: $100

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
Fulford Cave sits in a national forest near Eagle, Colorado. It’s huge! The entrance is an awkwardly-angled pipe, but once you’re past the uncomfortable wiggle down the aluminum ladder, the cave opens up into several enormous rooms, passages and even a waterfall. I climbed and explored for around three hours, and  didn’t even reach the halfway mark. Places like this are astonishing for how well hidden they seem. Walking around the forest, you’d never suspect there’s such a cave right under your feet.

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October 16, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Thailand

Cost/day: $25
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
The fire shows that happen every night on Koh Phi Phi Don were crazy. And the partying. People are jumping ropes that are on fire, juggling fire, and swallowing fire.
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October 2, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Celebrating life in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Rain in San Miguel de Allende

Cost/day: $40

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?

All of the donkeys or burros that are on the streets.  I am not used to that.  It’s a bit of old world Mexico, and I love it.

Donkeys in San Miguel de Allende

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September 19, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Awakening to the peaceful pace of life at Hariharalaya Retreat Centre, Roluos Village, Cambodia

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Cost/day: $20

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?

This. In my pants. ‘Nuff said.

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September 18, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Fiji

Cost/day: $30
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
I guess I could say that the wild plants and animals are “strange,” but a better word might be interesting, or beautiful. A friend showed us some plants that recoil if you touch them (“sensitive plants”), and from what it looks like you could drop a seed just about anywhere in Fiji and it will grow and thrive. Just about everything you could need grows there, even a plant that you can squeeze and get “shampoo” out of.
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September 4, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: The temporary Black Rock City and Burning Man

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Cost/day: Ticket cost is $380, but once at Burning Man, the only things you can buy are coffee and ice, so about $5/day.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
Oh, how can I possibly choose?  There was the girl who was carrying an alien, the Pulpo Mechanico octopus art car that towered above me and shot flames, but maybe the best thing was that I found Waldo!!
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August 21, 2013

Vagabonding field report: The Czech Republic

Cost/day: $40
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
The Ossuary in Brno. This place is located on an unassuming street, between pubs and shops. You walk down a flight of stairs from the street and suddenly you are in an underground skeleton cave. The walls are stacked with real human bones. There is a feeling of creepiness, respect, and “no big deal” because it’s the Czech Republic and this kind of thing is normal.
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August 20, 2013

Vagabonding field report: the endless visual candy of Ubud, Bali

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Cost/day: $50

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
While touring a Balinese family’s compound, a thin old man came wandering through the home. He didn’t live there, and he didn’t speak or ask for money. He just stood there, vacant-eyed, with a bag on his back and no shoes on his feet. It was like seeing a ghost. The moment I put my camera in front of him was eerie and beautiful because I didn’t say anything, yet he didn’t move at all.

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August 7, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Making art out of life in Ubud, Bali

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Cost/day:  Around $40/day

Balinese woman with offerings in the rice fields

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
I was walking around Ubud, which has so much traffic, and walking down the sidewalk there was a man with his cow!! There is a lot of traffic in Ubud, so it was very surreal to me.  Plus, the sidewalks aren’t the easiest to navigate, so Iwas very impressed with the cow for doing so. I love all of the statues and how the Balinese make everything seem so reverent with their offerings and flowers and incense everyday.  They have taught me how to show gratitude.
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July 17, 2013

Vagabonding Field Report: Camping in Bergen, Norway

 

Cost/day:  Around $60 if you’re camping and buying cheap food at the grocery store.

 

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?
I don’t know how strange it is, but we saw lots of cute sheep all over the mountain tops that didn’t run away when we got close. My experience with sheep is that they like to keep a good distance from you at all times, but these didn’t seem to mind us being around. They just chewed grass and stared at us while I took their photo. Also, the fog over the mountain was quick moving and ominous looking.

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