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  • Getting all our tails in a row heading into the holiday weekend 🐰#EasterBunny
  • Getting all our tails in a row heading into the holiday weekend 🐰 #EasterBunny
  • 5 1 14 hours ago
  • Was ignored for 4 hours so I walked around and got mani pedi for RM18 only, drank 3 cups of iced Vietnamese coffee and even made friends with some locals. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

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  • Was ignored for 4 hours so I walked around and got mani pedi for RM18 only, drank 3 cups of iced Vietnamese coffee and even made friends with some locals. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

    #beargrylls #travelstories #wanderlust #aahmemories
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  • I ❤ YOU
  • I ❤ YOU
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  • Lemme tell you a story:
Meet Tom (left), Barker (right) & Niko (pupperoo).
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I booked a 5-hour tour with the Navajo tribe for Bisti Badlands. The time to meet up came and went, and I didn’t see anyone that looked like they were part of a tour group.
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I was like, “Dammit Juj, you’re already here so go. I know it’s terrifying with no maps or sense of direction, but go!” So I went.
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And became utterly confused. I wandered for about 30 minutes before I sat down on a rock and chilled. I didn’t see any of the cool things that I wanted to see because I didn’t know where they were! After a while, I decided to leave because I didn’t want to die in the desert. That would be a bummer.
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As I was leaving, I ran into these 2 gramps. We chatted a bit, and I asked if I could tag along. “You have the best guide here,” says Tom. “Barker’s been here more than 20 times and this is my 3rd or 4th!”
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Tom was right. We went left and right, up and down, over and around. They showed me the touristy spots, but we also explored new areas they haven’t gotten to before. Tom is 66 years old & Barker is 74 ish. Both of them kicked my ass. I love cool old people.
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What I learned:
1️⃣ It’s about damn time I bought a compass.
2️⃣ Don’t worry about getting lost. You’ll eventually find your way.
3️⃣ Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time for a reason.
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#modernnomad #travelstories #jujdiaries #bistibadlands #newmexicolove #newmexico #newmexicoplaces
  • Lemme tell you a story:
    Meet Tom (left), Barker (right) & Niko (pupperoo).
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    I booked a 5-hour tour with the Navajo tribe for Bisti Badlands. The time to meet up came and went, and I didn’t see anyone that looked like they were part of a tour group.
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    I was like, “Dammit Juj, you’re already here so go. I know it’s terrifying with no maps or sense of direction, but go!” So I went.
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    And became utterly confused. I wandered for about 30 minutes before I sat down on a rock and chilled. I didn’t see any of the cool things that I wanted to see because I didn’t know where they were! After a while, I decided to leave because I didn’t want to die in the desert. That would be a bummer.
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    As I was leaving, I ran into these 2 gramps. We chatted a bit, and I asked if I could tag along. “You have the best guide here,” says Tom. “Barker’s been here more than 20 times and this is my 3rd or 4th!”
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    Tom was right. We went left and right, up and down, over and around. They showed me the touristy spots, but we also explored new areas they haven’t gotten to before. Tom is 66 years old & Barker is 74 ish. Both of them kicked my ass. I love cool old people.
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    What I learned:
    1️⃣ It’s about damn time I bought a compass.
    2️⃣ Don’t worry about getting lost. You’ll eventually find your way.
    3️⃣ Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time for a reason.
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    #modernnomad #travelstories #jujdiaries #bistibadlands #newmexicolove #newmexico #newmexicoplaces
  • 0 0 14 hours ago
  • Ban Tajok, a village built from bombs.

Ban Tajok was built from the remnants of the Secret War* (info of the Secret War and the history of the village coming in my next post) the US fought in Laos. Literally the remnants.  Many of the buildings are propped up on stilts made from old bomb casings, and fireplaces are found scattered around that are built out of old clusterbomb shells. Even planters can be found that were once bombs.  What used to be killing machines are now bringing life into the world. 
This seems to be the ethos of Ban Tajok --a village so remote it doesn't even register on Google Maps.  Interacting with the school children, a mother with her new baby (as seen in my last post), the family seen here, and many other villagers, I was welcomed with open arms.  As an American, it was such a humbling experience to be smiled at by the elderly inhabitants that most likely remember firsthand the horrors that my country inflicted upon them.  These people rebuilt their village from the scraps of a war they were never a part of, and now, years later, greet everyone they meet with a smile. So many things could be learned from this small village, and my only regret was I was only able to spend less than a day there. This day was one that I will always remember and cherish. *As an American, I had never heard of this war, so let me just give some facts. Between 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos on.  There were over 580,000 bombing runs—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years.  These staggering numbers make Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Over 20,000 people have been injured or killed by bombs that went unexploded, and it is estimated that it will take over 200 years to fully clear these ordinances.  The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao and to hinder and prohibit traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
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#traveldiaries #whyitravel #travel #travelstories #culturalexchange #villagelife #laos #wanderlust #secretwar #warstories #culture #sharing #kindness #actsofkindness
  • Ban Tajok, a village built from bombs.

    Ban Tajok was built from the remnants of the Secret War* (info of the Secret War and the history of the village coming in my next post) the US fought in Laos. Literally the remnants. Many of the buildings are propped up on stilts made from old bomb casings, and fireplaces are found scattered around that are built out of old clusterbomb shells. Even planters can be found that were once bombs. What used to be killing machines are now bringing life into the world.
    This seems to be the ethos of Ban Tajok --a village so remote it doesn't even register on Google Maps. Interacting with the school children, a mother with her new baby (as seen in my last post), the family seen here, and many other villagers, I was welcomed with open arms. As an American, it was such a humbling experience to be smiled at by the elderly inhabitants that most likely remember firsthand the horrors that my country inflicted upon them. These people rebuilt their village from the scraps of a war they were never a part of, and now, years later, greet everyone they meet with a smile. So many things could be learned from this small village, and my only regret was I was only able to spend less than a day there. This day was one that I will always remember and cherish. *As an American, I had never heard of this war, so let me just give some facts. Between 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos on. There were over 580,000 bombing runs—equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years. These staggering numbers make Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Over 20,000 people have been injured or killed by bombs that went unexploded, and it is estimated that it will take over 200 years to fully clear these ordinances. The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao and to hinder and prohibit traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
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    #traveldiaries #whyitravel #travel #travelstories #culturalexchange #villagelife #laos #wanderlust #secretwar #warstories #culture #sharing #kindness #actsofkindness
  • 60 3 14 hours ago
  • 5* for you Ahmed! 😃

So, this is a common problem while travelling solo. You have to constantly look for someone to take your cool photos and bonus if you get a partner in crime!

My Uber driver in Bali took me to some hidden gems I didn't know about and, in return I had to teach him some English words. End of the day, I knew all his family history and he offered to accompany me for a sunset dinner at Zimbaran beach. Haha. 😂 Its fun to make friends on your solo travel.
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#solotravel #femmetravel #uber #friends #pyramids #egypt #adventure #girlswhotravel #aroundtheworld #f4f #travelgram #travelstories
  • 5* for you Ahmed! 😃

    So, this is a common problem while travelling solo. You have to constantly look for someone to take your cool photos and bonus if you get a partner in crime!

    My Uber driver in Bali took me to some hidden gems I didn't know about and, in return I had to teach him some English words. End of the day, I knew all his family history and he offered to accompany me for a sunset dinner at Zimbaran beach. Haha. 😂 Its fun to make friends on your solo travel.
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    #solotravel #femmetravel #uber #friends #pyramids #egypt #adventure #girlswhotravel #aroundtheworld #f4f #travelgram #travelstories
  • 19 1 19 hours ago
  • Own who you are
  • Own who you are
  • 70 4 21 hours ago