Mini Guide to Indonesia

Baliem Valley Festival

The Papua people Baliem Valley Festival takes place in August and it’s a mock war between local tribes as they believe it brings fertility and prosperity. 20 tribes of 30 to 50 warriors wear traditional clothing and dance to Papua music, called Piton, play local games, and even enjoy pig racing.

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Pasola War Ritual

The Pasola is an Indonesian Jousting Festival. It usually takes place in February or March on the Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara. During the tournament, opposing teams try to unseat the opponents off their horses using blunt spears. It’s thought that the “war” was invented to dispute settlements in a peaceful way.

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People and Culture

It’s hard to define Indonesian culture as one that encompasses the entire country given how diverse the population is; however, they all share a palpable spirituality and it’s important to respect their religious beliefs. The people are friendly and polite, and like other Asian countries, shoes should be left outside temples and houses, and food is eaten with the right hand. It’s also not OK to point at someone with a finger, and it’s best to use a thumb or an open palm. Lastly, standing with arms crossed or on the hips is a sign of anger and hostility.

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.