Saturday, September 10, 2011

I have a following?!!?!?

I was about to shut down my blog until I received a report from our friends at Google, apparently my little blog has had over 3000 hits.  I immediately thought that it was my Mom, but even those numbers are high for her.  And then it dawned on me, I have a stalker!  How exciting…I don’t know your name but you have shown true dedication, welcome to the blog.  

This summer I was introduced to Hanabi aka Fireworks.  Like everything in Japan, if you’re going to do something, do it right.

Step #1  Put on yourYukata (I am now a proud owner)
Step #2  Pack a picnic...which I’m starting to realize is code for cooler
Step #3  Sit back and enjoy the show 
Step #4  Hope the next day is a Saturday

Here are a few pictures...oddly enough I don't have any pictures of the fireworks.  You'll have to come see them for yourself, they are truly spectacular. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Bali report card is in!

Warning:  Not everyone is going to agree with me.  For those of you that have never been to Bali, I hope that my review will help prioritize future travel.


Food: C
Beaches: C
Fun: A++
Nature:  B
Resort:  A+
Other:  C
Travel buddy:  jury is still out 

My views unfiltered: 
The lack infrastructure is destroying everything beautiful in Bali.  New hotels are popping up all over the island, waste is being dumped into the ocean and back alleys are filled with garbage.  While everything looks good on the outside, behind the fancy hotels, restaurants and clubs it's a different story.  Bali is often referred to North America’s Mexico…

Don’t get me wrong, there are some great things about Bali but I’m just not sure that its worth the trip from North America. 

One thing that I love about Asia is that everything fits on a scooter…pigs, donut shop, family of 4 (its hard to see the little baby), etc.  


A few highlights from Bali...


Private plunge pools are made for cannonballs!! 

You know when you have too much time on your hands...