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About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. I'm also using this time to write, having now authored nine e-books, including photo-essays of my experiences in Costa Rica, Croatia, Sicily, Indonesia, Bali and Malaysia.

Indonesia a Hive of Modern-Day Slavery

(From the Jakarta Globe) As many as 714,000 people in Indonesia have fallen victim to modern slavery practices, a recent study suggests, making it the eighth-largest country in terms of number of people living in modern slavery. The Walk Free … Continue reading

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Food for thought

One of the cultural things you have to  expect in Indonesia is a group of strangers showing up unannounced at your home, brought there by an Indonesian friend of yours. At Christmas two years ago, this happened to me when … Continue reading

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Sorry, but I’ve been busy

I apologize to my readers for the lack of posts recently – but I’ve been pretty busy, and not because I’ve been traveling. You see, I actually have a business to run. For those of you who do not know, … Continue reading

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