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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.

Making ‘Connections’ Internationally

One of the most gratifying aspects of international travel is the people you meet. Usually, these are just casual encounters, but occasionally you actually “connect” with new people in a way that brings friendship and understanding that can change your … Continue reading

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Reflections on Ramadhan

The just-completed month of Ramadhan was my third experienced during my so-far 3-and-a-half years on Batam.  It would have been four but last year I was on my ill-fated visit to St. Kitts-Nevis in the Caribbean during Ramadhan. Not that … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Invitation

Sometimes because of the difficulty in communicating or due to what may be cultural misunderstanding, you have to go with the flow just to see where you end up. That was the case last night, when I received a phone … Continue reading

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