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Stephen Bugno

Travel more. Experience more. Live more. The nontraditional and nomadic lifestyle of Bohemian Traveler. Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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Introducing the land of the Gods Bali

14 December 2012

So there I was on my second day in Bali: stuck in traffic again. The island forms a bottleneck just between Denpasar and the airport. Motor bikes are beeping, cars are jammed. There has to be more to this place, right? Of course there is. This is Bali. It’s not a world-famous tourism destination for bad traffic! So what is it about Bali? I wanted to dig a little deeper and see why this “land of the Gods” is so special. In a mere couple decades, Bali has grown from a traveler backwater to being internationally celebrated. I

Learning to Surf on Kuta Beach Bali

11 January 2013

Learning to surf is one of those opportunities in life that I’ve been able to take advantage of because I travel. If I didn’t travel, I wouldn’t get the chance to do have of the cool things I do. The islands of Indonesia draw expert surfers in the know from around the world. The beginners come to Bali. Bali is great for learning to surf because Kuta Beach is sandy, the waves are consistent, and there are plenty of surf schools. I joined a few others one morning on Kuta Beach. We joined the Pro Surf School’s beginner less

Kraton's in the details: Sultan's Kraton in Yogyakarta

11 January 2013

Yogyakarta is considered to be a cultural center of Indonesia. It is here we visited the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. It is the primary royal palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate where the sultan and the royal court have their traditional seat. The complex is the most popular tourist destination in Yogyakarta and consists of a number of buildings such as audience halls, museums, and the residences of the sultan and the queen. Wandering around Sri Sultan’s Palace with my camera, I chose to foc