A Hippie Finale

As a finale to my two week stay in Bali, I treated myself. There were a few places that I have always wanted to visit and I figure there’s no better time than the present.

This morning I booked a tour at the Big Tree Farms bamboo chocolate factory (found a great write up about it on travelfish). We got to sample some of the chocolate as it was poured straight from the mixer into our hands and tour the impressive factory, which is the largest bamboo factory in the world. It’s beautiful! And the sea salt chocolate delicious!

And since we were in the area (kind of in between Denpasar and Ubud) we swung by The Green School, which is beyond words. It’s… like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It trumps outdoor school, Woodstock, Portland, San Francisco, or any hippie nirvana you could possibly think of. The pictures can’t do it justice, especially since so much of the heart of the campus is in and of itself interactive. It’s just kid and teacher heaven.

And then my cherry for the day was eating at Manik Organik in Sanur because what better way to end a day of sustainable structures and hippie tours than to eat roasted vegetables and ricotta cheese in unleavened wraps.

Today was magical. I’ll be back, Bali. And I’m going to find a way to stay.










Day #1 of the 10th grade class trip included a 5am meet up at the bus station and sitting in Jakarta traffic til 9. We waited an additional hour and a half at the airport and made it to Singapore by 2pm.

I thought herding 20 teenagers around Singapore would be challenging but it’s actually quite easy. All they want to do is take pictures, so I let them, and they’re happy. When they’re happy (and listening to me) then all is well. I actually got some alone time today to explore the Gardens by the Bay, which is beautiful and highly recommended! Check out the pictures below…

Tomorrow we plan to visit a few universities and shop on Orchards Road. Looking forward to it!







Anak Krakatau


We joined a tour and traveled via ferry to Sumatra late Friday night. The travel was long and exhausting and consisted of several boats and cars to finally get to our homestay on a remote island near the volcano Anak Krakatau.


We were on this boat more than on land throughout the weekend. We sat on top or napped inside between island travel.


Eliana snorkeled and got to see some amazing blue acrapora coral and star fish, sea cucumbers and a ton of beautiful tropical fish.


Bananas anyone?


Our homestay.


Nap, snorkel, nap, snorkel….


The base of Anak Krakatau. The vegetation was so strange and included pine trees!



20130429-092116.jpg About half way up…. it was like walking on coffee grounds.


The top! Or at least the highest point we were allowed to reach. You could see red rock from the eruption only two days earlier…


We made it! I think Ellie may have been the youngest kid to have hiked the volcano. She had a pretty big cheering squad towards the end.