Author Archives: Danna

Smoking and sensationalism

Shortly before I left for my trip, I had the chance to watch the latest Vanguard documentary, entitled “Sex, Lies and Cigarettes.” It’s now available on Youtube, with Indonesian subtitles to boot. Check it out before reading this post, if you … Continue reading

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Back in the US! No worse for the wear…

So, my Asia jaunt ended about two weeks ago when I took a 30-hour trip from Singapore to Washington, DC, including a 7-hour layover in Doha, Qatar. It was a long trip, but not quite as hellish as it sounds. … Continue reading

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7 things Japan does better

I spent three weeks in Japan at the beginning of this month as a break from southeast Asia. It was my first time in the country. In many ways, Japan felt like another world – a more convenient, efficient, aesthetically … Continue reading

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Finding the positive in paradise…

So I already went into detail about how the south of Thailand in high season isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But given that the setting was not ideal, I managed to have some pretty great times over the … Continue reading

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Don’t go back to the islands… (in high season!)

I decided to come back to Thailand after my visa expired in Indonesia, mainly since my cousin Sveta was visiting from Russia and I thought it would be cool to meet up so far from both our countries and show … Continue reading

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How many languages does it take to climb a volcano?

For my second (and only full) day in Berastagi, I planned to climb Mt. Sibayak, the smaller of the two volcanoes near the town. Being in the highlands, Berastagi actually gets cold at night, and it was an effort to … Continue reading

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Chanukkah in Sumatra

A few things to know before reading: In Indonesia, there are six officially recognized religions. Judaism isn’t one of them. According to Wikipedia and Google, there are just a handful of Jews left in Indonesia, and they live either in … Continue reading

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