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Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures filled with anecdotes, private little moments, and thoughts that are found nowhere else on this blog. As this site is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to… Read more

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Start with Part I and Part II of this series. Just because I was too much of a wuss to make it to the summit of Rinjani doesn’t mean you all should be denied the stunning views. Anders, being the mountain man that he is, practically sprinted to the summit — while occasionally stopping to do… Read more

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The first thought that entered my head when I woke up on the third day of our Rinjani trek was a simple “I do not want to do this.” We set off at 3:30am. By 4:00, I was in tears and growing more overwrought with every step. I knew I could not make the rest of… Read more

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Holy. Shit. What have I gotten myself into? Apologies to my grandmother for the profanity, but that’s what ran through my head as I stood on the shores of Gili Trawangan and watched the sun rising over Lombok, revealing the volcano we were about spent three days scaling. Gunung Rinjani is not only the second highest… Read more

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Being a “yes girl” — it’s a philosophy I live by, and it’s also how I found myself on a three day expedition to hike Lombok’s sacred volcano, Gunung Rinjani, on less than forty eight hours notice. It’s been three days since we returned and I’m still walking like a robot thanks to stiff muscles. We… Read more