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Island Hopping: U.S. Virgin Islands

My best friend Morgan just moved to St. Thomas. From Chicago. Big change. Her and boyfriend are blessed with the ability to uproot at whim and transplant wherever their hearts desire (in some sense of the phrase) because their jobs are computer/internet based. Of course not everything has the glamorous appeal that it may seem, they definitely face similar job related struggles that many independent contractors do. But for the next year, they get to experience the Caribbean in the U.S. Virgin Islands. So naturally, after just giving them about a week to settle in, I had to island hop over to pay a visit. At the same time that Tropical Storm Erika was making her devastatingly drunken path up the Antilles. So as we prepped for her demise of the USVI, we watched from their balcony overlooking Red Hook bay and St. John to see….. pretty  much nothing. No rain, just lots of wind. Lots of scary wind, but that’s all. St. Croix and Dominica seemed to take the brute of the hit, while …

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travel: gili air, lombok

This is one of my last posts on the Bali honeymoon. We spent one month traveling around the island – and off the island – that it took several weeks to recount the details of the experience here for you. On our last week in Bali, we decided to hop on a “fast boat” and head over to Lombok’s famous little islands – the Gilis. We were not interested in the party scene, so we skipped Gili T – instead, we settled in at Gili Air and spent almost every day out in the ocean. We dove at least twice a day, sometimes three times, and experienced something new every dive. We are amazed at the beautyl of the corals, the fish, the diversity. It was breathtaking. Our dive operators were so friendly, and after realizing we did this for a living, they made sure we were given ample time underwater to explore. No quick 45 minute dive for us! The one thing I wanted to see and experience more than anything in Bali was….. …

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holy places, sacred spaces in bali

I love Eastern cultures. The vibrancy of the offerings, temples, songs, wardrobe… I am always just in awe of the amount of time and attention to detail that go into these aspects of life. It is truly as though your faith comes first, everything else is only secondary. I love that. This was particularly true for Bali. One day, we were taken to a waterfall that our driver referred to simply as “500 steps”. We didn’t count the steps down, but it certainly felt like 500 as we hauled our tired, jet-lagged, dehydrated selves back up to the top. We didn’t get in the water, except to wet our feet and feel the powerful mist of the falls from several yards away. We love to hike to waterfalls, but we pretty rarely swim in their pools.  I haven’t found a waterfall yet that feels like a bath tub, so alas, we enjoy from the distance. But the majesty of the falls was something awe inspiring. The fact that this place was obviously something special to …

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Vamos a Sur: A Day Trip to Puerto Rico’s Southeast Coast

It was early in the morning as we loaded up the truck and headed south on the 115. The town of Rincon was just beginning to wake up as we drove through the main square, past the grocery store, and through the tunnel of mango trees that shade the road to Mayaguez. We made it through the city before traffic got too bad and then we were off, heading south in search of adventure and hopefully some fun, little waves. Our goal was Playa Inches, a beach nestled in the town of Patillas, located on the southeast corner of Puerto Rico. My boyfriend Brian had been here before, but I had never been to this area of the island so I was excited to see something new. Patillas, which is the Taino (indigenous people of PR) name for a native type of watermelon that was grown in the area, is surrounded by San Lorenzo to the north, Yabucoa to the east, and Arroyo and Guayama to the west. This entire area is known for producing …

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canggu & ulu , beachin it in bali

Six days after arriving in Bali, we journeyed from Ubud and the central mountains out over to the coast. I was definitely not prepared for the beauty that awaited us on the west side of the island. Pictures do not do is justice. Your presence is required to soak. this. in. We stayed three nights at the gorgeous and unique Temple Lodge, perched atop the cliffside over Bingin Beach. Serene, isolated, breezy, island-like. With just a handful of rooms, we rarely encountered many guests except at eating times. While Evan surfed, I would explore the Balinese art of massage (several days in a row..) or wander down the cliffside staircase to the water below. We snorkeled out over the reef, ate fresh caught fish-dinner right on the beach, and walked from one cliff to the next in the soft white sands. We rented a scooter and toured the Uluwatu – Pecatu area, stopping over at Single Fin bar for a drink at sunset, and wandering down their cliff side to check out the swell at …

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travel: central bali

I was recently married and traveled to the southern hemi to spend my honeymoon in Bali for one month. Evan and I were able to experience and see so many things in this time, but we already feel that draw to return again some day soon. When you think of Bali, you immediately daydream of gorgeous beaches, bikini clad chicks, surfers, lush jungles and Instagram snapshots of Kuta parties and infinity pools. Well, the real Bali is not too far from that image. Even though tourists make up 1% of the island’s population, it is actually quite difficult to get away from them. Of course, it depends on where you go, and we were able to find many spots without hordes of crowds. The average tourist is European or Asian, we encountered a few Americans. Whenever anyone (Balinese or tourist) asked where we came from, we always started off with “Puerto Rico”. After the look of bewilderment, we followed it up with “it’s in the Caribbean sea”. Again, the ponderous looks. Ok, America. Ah, YES! …

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tips for island living

This is a post originally shared on my travelogue, Roots Transplanted. In case you are moving to an island, or perhaps just recently moved to one, then here are my learnt-the-hard-way tips that should save you time and frustration! Thus far, my journey in the Caribbean has taught me many lessons about life, happiness, and where not to hang my clothes to dry. So, I’ve compiled a very special list of things I’ve learned, in an attempt to help you with your transition into this life in paradise. Indoors Arm & Hammer cat litter poured into an 8oz cup with help draw moisture from the air in small places (like closets) and won’t turn into water like those  Damp Rid packets. See my DIY here. *Check your clothes periodically for mold – some materials that you least expect can gather these spores. *Keep medicine tablets out of humid areas. They turn to mush. *Use eggshell, or a more glossy paint finish on all walls inside. This keeps moisture from ruining your freshly painted walls. *Move …

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how to ship your car to an island

This post comes over from my first blog, Roots Transplanted, where I chronicled my and Evan’s move to Puerto Rico. It was quite a popular post, and I’ve received many emails with questions about other aspects of life on the island as well. But alas, I have decided to try and consolidate my online presence, so I deleted old blogs and accounts I no longer use. However, this post was one of the few that made the journey over to sea, field & tribe. So if you’re considering moving to the Caribbean from the States, this will certainly apply to you. In fact, the key concepts of this post will really apply to anyone moving to an island! Best of luck! If you are moving to Puerto Rico and will be in need of transportation (and you will, don’t count on public transportation because its virtually nonexistent), then you have two options: 1. Buy a car or 2. Ship your car. There are benefits and disadvantages to each option. I’ll present both and let you …

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travel: barbados

Evan and I just recently returned from the island of Barbados. It was a work trip, seriously. No really, it was. We both presented our research at the Gulf & Caribbean Fisheries Institute conference, and spent a little time exploring Barbados on the side. The island is so beautiful: clean water, clear and blue. White sands, no trash. Easy to explore, we felt safe and everyone was friendly. The food was expensive, but that was to be expected. The diving was expensive, but we expected that too. I do want to go back. Here are just a few snippets of our week, which including sailing through the late afternoon, touring the oldest rum distillery in the world, snacking on soursop while getting lost through Bridgetown, entertained by a monkey on the beach, trying their local flavor Mauby as a vegan ice cream, and site seeing the other Caribbean islands as we hopped back up to Puerto Rico.

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travel: new hampshire

That’s right, I went up north. Believe it or not, I ventured out to New England yet again. This is now only the second time I’ve ever been past Virginia on the East Coast. And it was beautiful! With Sophie in tote, we flew up to Lake Winnipesaukee for Evan’s cousin’s wedding. It was a gorgeous event, right on the water, with such emotional ties to the location for both the bride and groom – I loved it. We arrived a couple days early, so we spent some time exploring the area, which was just starting to turn into Autumn. The little town of Wolfeboro was quaint and pet friendly; we found a craft beer store (had to bring some brews back, naturally), a little hippie store where I found this, and a couple cute coffee shops where I discovered this new-to-me book. We walked around an antique car and boat show, hiked for a couple hours, and spent time with his family. The couple were blessed with a perfect weather weekend for their wedding, …