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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series by the late Rebecca Bruns on the splendors of Ubud, the fabled mountain village in Bali. Though written over 20 years ago, the scene in Ubud is has changed very little. The Balinese believe when they die they'll go to a...
Author’s Note: Re-entry into ‘fast lane’ USA after six months exploring the backwaters of Asia was culture shock in reverse – a relief at first, then stressful as time went on. Back on the American diet, I gained 20 pounds in 20 days, and embarked on a six-month round-the-country...
Author’s Note: In July 1983, my brother Dave and I (a.k.a. Joe Juneau and Skookum Jim) pulled on our mukluks, smeared whale blubber on our chins (so to speak), and headed off for a three-week trek into the vast frozen reaches of the Klondike - and lived to tell about it....
Author's Note: At six weeks, our summer internship with the Colombo YMCA was coming to a close, and Michelle was ready to go home. But I was just getting comfortable. So, with the YMCA's blessing I stayed in Sri Lanka for a few more months, and traveled to Nepal and...
Author’s Note: Every weekend was an adventure. Swimming and diving on the reef in the lagoon, hiking and camping in the cool, dense jungles of the island’s interior, eating bat stew on the rim of an ancient volcano, becoming lost in a blanketing mist while swimming in a cold,...
Author’s Note: As a volunteer representing the International Division of the YMCA of the USA, I met with YMCA leaders throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the USA to help strengthen cooperation among YMCAs for technical, financial and human resource development. This is a series of highlights from two years (1986-88)...
Editor's Note:  Over the past 35 years, Jim Mielke, a public health doc, has had the privilege of living and working in some of the poorest, most remote and under-served countries in the Asia-Pacific region where he assisted governments, international aid agencies and communities.  In recent years, a big part...
Editor’s Note: This is from a series of travel stories by the late Rebecca Bruns. The overnight boat from Bombay is jammed with cadaverous natives on their way to an easier life. Some other westerners and I pitch our tents on the deck between gibbering families and betel-nut chewers. The boat...
Author’s Note: In this "Living and Working Abroad" series, my aim is to demonstrate how anyone can experience genuine fulfillment and self-discovery through different, freer ways of living – ones that are not narrowly focused on blind ambition, resume building, or saving the world, but more so on following...
Author’s Note: As a YMCA volunteer from 1983-1986 in Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), I enjoyed weekends with my adopted Samoan aiga (extended family) on the tiny island of Manono, one of the four inhabited islands of Samoa known also as "The Cradle of Polynesia" in the middle of the...