Traveling is the best way to learn about the world around us. Each new destination is a fresh viewpoint that lets you see things from a different perspective. You don’t have to go far – microcosms of culture seem to crop up every hundred miles. I love all trips, whether they take me an hour or an ocean away from home. This section of “Lani’s Cup of Tea” is all about traveling mindfully: being respectful of traditions, reducing your environmental impact as much as possible, and truly immersing yourself in a different world. Bon voyage!

Bali’s Ubud: A City of Artists

Ubud is truly a city of artists. Every street is suffocated by art shops and galleries. Every shop or gallery is bursting with “handicraps” (as one of our guides mis-pronounced “handicrafts”). Most of these works of art are stunningly intricate,…
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Touring Balinese Tradition


After a relaxing few days in Candi Dasa, we decided to venture outside of our private paradise and into the world of organized tours. We set off on two different day trips – the first was a tour of the…
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A Sleepy Beach Resort in Bali


A slow internet connection, packed days and early bedtimes have kept me from posting since my city escapade…but my past few excursions have been quite the opposite of bustling Jakarta! Our flight out of the capital transported us from a…
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Jakarta and Kota Tua


I finally arrived in Jakarta on Thursday, January 2nd after 27 hours of flying and 3 days of travel (which did a serious number on my sit-bones)! My journey started in Washington, D.C., and from there, I traveled to San…
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