The Kecak Fire Dance is a Balinese Hindu ritual This is how to watch the Kecak Fire Dance in Ubud. Commonly called the Balinese Monkey Chant, the Kecak Fire Dance in Ubud is performed for tourists more than it is performed as a sacred dance in temples. Because of that, I was a bit hesitant …

Every year on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the entire island goes completely dark for 24 hours for Nyepi Day. No Internet. No TV. No electricity. Nyepi Day is a day for meditation and reflection; a day for the Earth to reset; a day for complete silence. It’s also an incredible time to be …

I spent one month in a bungalow on Monkey Forest Road just outside the Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali, and the overarching lesson that I learned there was this: the jungle ALWAYS wins. Now, I don’t mean to paint my life on Monkey Forest Road as a hardship by any means. It was one of …

When I set out for the beach town of Canggu, just over an hour south of Ubud on Bali’s southeastern coast, I didn’t have any idea what to do in Canggu. My whole goal was to go somewhere new with absolutely no plan at all and to say “yes” to any (reasonable) suggestion that came …

I didn’t plan it, exactly, but I am somehow following New Year’s celebrations around the globe. I joined old friends in Florida to ring in 2019 over champagne and laughter in January; lunched with new friends in Chiang Dao to celebrate the Chinese New Year over long noodles and warm red wine on the first …