Luwak Coffee

What happens when you combine a mongoose and coffee beans? Apparently you get the world’s best coffee. Mongoose eats (or should I say, “is force fed”) coffee beans Mongoose poops out coffee beans Humans collect, clean and process the coffee beans The result: animal cruelty and really expensive coffee. I love coffee, but I’ll pass…

Monkey Forest

Let me start by saying, “I LOVE MONKEYS!!!” There is a place in Ubud, Bali called Monkey Forest; it’s one of my favorite places in the world. Monkey Forest is actually a nature preserve and Hindu Temple complex turned tourist attraction. The Ubud Monkey Forest describes its mission as conservation of the area within its boundaries…

Bali, Indonesia

After an amazing stay at Nihiwatu we moved on to Bali. My first visit to Bali was almost 15 years ago and it was nice to be back. Bali is a magical place filled with the essence of all things exotic. I really can’t describe it… the first time I set foot there it felt…

Sean Borland, magician extraordinaire!

Our stay on Sumba has been filled with amazing events; some humbling, some breathtaking, some absolutely out-of-this-world. On our first night we met a friendly guy named Sean Borland who is originally from Edinburgh. Turns out he works for the hotel and is also a world class magician. By “world class” I mean “world class” (not some…

Sumba malaria clinic and school outing

As I said in my previous post, in the late 80’s Claude and Petra Graves arrived on the island, fell in love with it, and started making plans to build an eco-friendly resort. As a part of the plan the Graves’ started the Sumba Foundation; the foundation’s mission was to help improve the lives of the…

Nihiwatu – Sumba, Indonesia

OK, so I just made a trip to paradise. Honestly. My husband wanted to visit a resort called Nihiwatu, on an island called Sumba — neither of which I’d ever heard of. The island of Sumba is located in Eastern Indonesia, a short plane flight from Bali (we’ll get to Bali in a later post). In…