Night in Waterville

PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

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PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

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PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

 

PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

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PTX Studio in Waterville, WA

We came across Waterville, WA in our search for cooler sleeping arrangements after the AC went out in the RV.  The flawlessly vintage Waterville Hotel was just too adorable to pass up.  It saved us from a sweaty 100 degree night in the RV and it also provided us with an interesting look into small town life.

On our trip through Eastern Washington we passed through dozens of small towns, some prosperous and others not so much. ¬†Joel majored in Urban Studies so he’s rightly fascinated by what makes one town flourish while others fail. ¬†I’m sure there’s a multitude of historical and geographical evidence that we could uncover to get to the bottom of why Waterville is so desolate. ¬†But we instead chose to simply enjoy the night we had there by strolling through downtown taking in the Mayberry-like wholesomeness. ¬†If you’re ever driving though Eastern Washington searching for a blast from the past, I highly recommend cruising through Waterville.

Eastern Washington RV Adventure

PTX Studio in Eastern Washington

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

Fruit stand baskets |  PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

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PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

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PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

PTX Studio RV trip to Eastern WA

After living in Seattle for three years, I felt like I knew a little something about my adopted home state. ¬†This trip through Eastern Washington showed me that I need to get quite a few more treks under my belt before I can truly say that I’ve conquered this region.

Joel’s parents graciously offered to take us on a little welcome-back-to-America trip in their RV. ¬†Growing up in Washington, their family vacationed and camped throughout the state so they knew all the biggest, brightest, most badass places to stop on our excursion. We planned our overnight stops for Winthrop, Sun Lake and Leavenworth, but as the saying goes, it’s about the journey, not the destination. ¬†Along the way we pulled over for a nature walk in Newhalem, an overlook at Diablo Lake, touring the Grand Coulee Dam, another overlook at the expansive (and dry!) Dry Falls and a staggeringly colossal antique store in Cashmere.

A surprising highlight of our outing was when the AC broke in the RV. ¬†In 100 degree heat that wouldn’t sound like a highlight, however it forced us to freestyle a bit which is how we came across the quaint and tiny town of Waterville. ¬†I took probably a zillion shots in this picturesque town, a selection of which I’ll be posting soon.

Springtime in Central Java

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PTX Studio in Jepara, Indonesia

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As I mentioned before, our days in Central Java are dwindling, so we’ve got lots of odds and ends to tie up before leaving Indonesia to head back to Washington. ¬†One item on our to do list has been furniture. ¬†While prepping to move here, I downsized in a big way and most of my furniture went to Craigslist (coincidentally that’s where¬†most of it came from¬†in the first place). ¬†So when we go back, we’re returning to clothes, shoes and a bunch of still-in-storage¬†wedding gifts, but no bed, sofa or dining table and chairs. ¬†Being the diehard thrifter that I am, Joel and I have been doing some¬†browsing to see if should make some of those big ticket furniture purchases here. ¬†The teak and mahogany furniture market is huge here and the prices are insanely reasonable (like reasonable enough to make up for the fact that we’d be shipping it across the world).

The pictures above are all from our trip to Jepara, the furniture capital of Central Java. We spent a long weekend there in April browsing furniture shops, meeting teak craftsmen and taking a little time to lounge by the pool.

Never Too Old for Spring Break | part two

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

So, so many photos from our week with my mother-in-law, Kirsten.  It certainly means we packed a ton of activities into our six busy days in Jogja.  The mother-son scooter was a sight to see.  With Joel driving his mom and me scooting solo, we wound through busy city streets to see the palace and Water Castle, then through rural villages to climb ancient temples.  At the temples we were photographed by local tourists like we were more exciting attractions than the colossal feats of engineering that produced five story lava rock towers covered in Hindu and Buddhist gods.   Another morning we drove south down rice paddy lined streets to the Indian ocean where Joel and I had previously never explored in our half dozen trips to Jogja.

Kirsten and I also embarked on a tour of the traditional market with a guide who schooled us on the ingredients and formulas of making jamu.  Jamu is a traditional beverage made from roots and barks that is said to cure ailments large and small.  We listened wearily to tales of jamu being prescribed to heal broken bones.  The tour concluded with a massage by a blind masseur that was interesting to say the least.  It was certainly a memorable and educational day.

With our days in Indonesia soon coming to a close, I’m glad to be taking home so many amazing memories. ¬†This trip was one to remember.

Never Too Old for Spring Break | part one

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

 

We don’t get a lot of visitors from home seeing as how the travel time is about 20+ hours with a $900+ price tag. ¬† But Joel’s mom Kirsten braved the¬†crappy plane food, jet lag and exorbitant expense¬†to come and¬†spend our week long spring break with us and we’re so glad she did!

It was an exhilarating, action-packed week that started in the colossal, congested capital of Jakarta. We¬†met up there for a short weekend before traveling on to Yogyakarta. Having only one full day to sightsee in Jakarta, we compiled a list of top picks sure¬†to impress Kirsten. Unfortunately, Cafe Batavia turned out to be closed (despite the listed hours on their website) so we headed south to Cayenne Home in Kemang for breakfast and to kick off our day of shopping. ¬† From there we drove in circles to find Pak Denny, the iron maker featured on the blog¬†A Journey Bespoke, then hit the two biggest, fanciest malls we could find. ¬†Finally we capped off the night with an amazing and intimate dinner at 1953 Restaurant Indonesien (that I completely failed to capture). ¬† But don’t worry, I outdid myself with the photo taking¬†once we got to Jogja. ¬†Those pictures coming up next…

 

Valentine’s Weekend in Jakarta

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Long stretches of bathrobe-clad ¬†lounging interrupted only by pedicures and pool time. ¬†It was a truly luxurious¬†weekend in Jakarta. ¬†We’re not known to slum, however 24 hour butler service doesn’t come standard at our typical hotel. ¬†Joel entered and won a contest through¬†What’s New Jakarta¬†gifting us one night in a suite at the Raffles Hotel Jakarta. ¬† Saying we enjoyed ourselves would be a drastic understatement.

The hotel being attached to Lotte Shopping Avenue meant virtually anything we needed could be purchased without leaving the building. ¬†We got a little shopping out of the way early, then snacked, soaked and slumbered the rest of the day away in our suite. ¬†Valentine’s weekend couldn’t have been sweeter.

A big thank you to¬†What’s New Jakarta¬†and Raffles for the five star treatment! ¬†Now I’m off to persuade my lucky little hubby¬†to enter any and every contest under the sun.

PTX Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia

One Morning, Four Temples

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

For our first weekend away of 2017, we made a quick weekend run down to our favorite little city- Yogyakarta. ¬†I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t y’all go to Jogja like every other weekend?! ¬†What could possibly be left for you to see there?” ¬†Amazingly, even after seeing Borobudur and Prambanan, there were still plenty¬†of temples to tour.

PTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

First on our temple tour was Candi Kalasan which we found just by the roadside on the same street as Prambanan.   How had we driven right past this behemoth and not seen it?   In our defense there are plenty of palm trees blocking the view and I was probably concentrating hard on GoogleMaps.  Kalasan is just the one towering structure surrounded by small modest homes.

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Next we were on to Candi Sari, which just so happened to be closed.  So we took some photos from the fence and were on our way.

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Temple number three, Plaosan, was actually a large group of temples and by far our favorite of the day. ¬†The grounds were busy with photo snapping tourists, even a couple doing engagement photos which we’ve come to expect at grand locations like this. ¬†Being the majestic backdrop that it is, we wasted no time getting photos of myself and Joel. ¬†However¬†Joel was the only one lucky enough to be flanked with fans in his photo. ¬†Another cool thing about Plaoson is that you can go inside the temples. ¬†A little dark for photos, but with the help of your trusty smart phone flash light you can see all the details.

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By the time we reached the last temple, Ratu Boko, we’d been out in the heat all morning so we didn’t stay long. ¬†The view of Mount Merapi in the distance was impressive despite the clouds. ¬†We took a moment to get some photos then scurried to see the temples before the imminent rain storm blew in. ¬†The ride back to the hotel was a good 45 minutes, but we made it just in time to nap through the storm.¬†600merapi-viewPTX Studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

For accommodations we chose Adhisthana Hotel which is on the same street as Greenhost Hotel, where we stayed for Christmas last year. ¬†During our morning walks we had seen Adhisthana’s¬†impressive, shutter covered facade¬†that conjures up memories of Potato Head Beach Club in Bali. ¬†The room was¬†tiny, but what the room lacked in space the hotel made up for with their laid back, batik-chic decor.

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Joel’s mom is coming to visit in March and we’ll be headed down to Jogja and staying at this lovely villa. ¬†This time instead of a quick weekend we’ll have five whole days¬†to relax, shop, sightsee and eat. ¬†I can’t wait!