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Cage Diving with Great White Sharks

I watched Shark Week on the Discovery Channel religiously as as child. As my family will attest, I’ve been mystified by these terrifying beauties my entire life. Growing up, we’d go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico — where there are no such sharks — but my overactive imagination would always get the better of me. […]

A Weekend in South Africa’s Wine Country

Oh, Stellenbosch, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. The wine country of South Africa is exquisite. It’s a playground for grownups. If you hate wine and amazing food, then skip this post. That’s all I’m going to talk about. As devout lushes, we were looking forward to a blissful few days in […]

Five Reasons to Visit Gili Air

After a month in Ubud, I was really looking forward to spending time by salt water. It would be a tragedy to visit Indonesia and not spend time near the ocean. The Gili Islands are a tropical paradise nestled between Bali and Lombok. The island chain includes Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Each […]

Sunrise Hike on Mount Batur

I’ve been to Bali three times. Each time I’ve driven past Mount Batur, I think, “Oh, that’s pretty. I’d like to climb it.” I never did. Tyler and I decided we couldn’t leave Indonesia without hiking it this time. Mount Batur is an active volcano and last erupted in 2000.  At 5,633 ft., it is not the highest […]

What is Yoga Teacher Training in Bali like?

On October 31, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Les Leventhal at The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali. The training was demanding. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I didn’t know how vulnerable the training would make me. I didn’t know my tear ducts were big fat pipelines to an endless well of salty tears. [Yeah…I […]

10 Things I Learned Traveling as a Couple

For our second date, without much warning and with little fanfare, Tyler showed up on my doorstep while I was on a trip to Buenos Aires for my job with the State Department. I felt like something big was about to happen as this was a departure from my normal dating experiences in Washington, DC. […]

The Perfect Sunday in Ubud

I love Sundays. They are a day of rest for me during teacher training. Monday – Saturday, I’m awake at 6:30 am and don’t leave The Yoga Barn until 6:00 pm. The days are wonderful, but exhausting. I find my energy depleted by the end of the day. Sundays are day to restore and spend […]

The Night Before Yoga Teacher Training

Tomorrow I begin 200 hour yoga teacher training in one of the most special places in the world to me – Ubud, Bali. I’ll be spending 6 days a week at The Yoga Barn for the next month studying with Les Leventhal. I’ve been wanting to do yoga training for a few years now, and I can’t […]

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