NOLA – The Beginnings

We took a quick Uber to the pier to take the Creole Queen, a 1000 passenger paddlewheeler riverboat operating out of the Port Of New Orleans.  She is 190 feet (57 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. She has three decks, two of which house three dining and banquet rooms and a third…

May 18, 1980

On May 18, 1980 at 8:32 a.m., a magnitude 5.1 earthquake triggered one of the world’s largest recorded landslides, followed by one of the most powerful volcanic blasts in the history of North America: Mount St. Helens. That morning, twenty-three square miles of the mountain blasted sideways at 650 m.p.h. The temperature reached 660 degrees…

Terima kasih Indonesia!!

We arrived at Jakarta at night and it took us around 2 hours to get to our hostel (traffic is apocalyptic and we were driving during rush hour!). Six Degrees hostel has won 3 consecutive years “best hostel in Indonesia”, its pretty awesome with a pool table, a roof garden/bar and 2000 movies to choose…

Borobudur And The Strawberry Spider Sandwich

We woke up at 3:00 am (again) to go to the amazing Borobudur temple to see the sunrise. Our friends Lauren and Heather were at the same tour as well. In order to see the sunrise you have to pay another rip-off ticket of around $35 that includes breakfast (coffee and a miniature fried bread…

Explosive Diarrhea and Prambanan Temple

I don’t know what we ate, but it destroyed our will to live. We got really sick eating Indonesian food, so we tried to take it easy for a few days. We booked the tour to visit Pramanban Temple at Sunset, it turned out better as the original tour was going to take us at…

Yogyakarta: City of Sultans

Today we woke up early to take the train to Surabaya.  The train station at 6:30am had people singing Karoake, not sure why they think this is what we want to listen to this early but let it be. We got on the train and then were informed we were sitting in the wrong section,…

One Of Those Cities

When you travel long term you quickly learn that not all places you visit will be amazing, breathtaking or interesting. Surabaya was our first not awesome city of this trip. Surabaya has nothing to offer (we still managed to find some good sights), the traffic is the worst we’ve seen in our lives (we may…

Mt. Bromo

Today we had another early morning. We woke up at 4:00 am to drive/hike to Seruni Viewpoint, from here you can see a panoramic view of Mt. Bromo, Mt. Batok, Mt. Semeru, and Segara Wedi (“Sea of Sands”) from Mt. Pananjakan. Mt Bromo is located in The Tengger Massif,  The area is an active volcanic complex surrounded by…

Blue Fire

Disclaimer: It was incredibly difficult to take pictures under the volcano’s complete darkness, so most of them came out blurry. No pictures have been edited and no filter was used. This is exactly how we saw it. For the next 3 days, we decided to get a tour that will take us to Kawa Ijen,…

Temple Overdose

Today was a very exciting morning for Sarah.  Her parents messaged her saying she passed her first social work licensing exam.  She was nervous to find out if she passed and was sooo happy to hear the great news that she jumped up and down and likely woke up the entire hotel! We went to…