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Payments in Indonesia are very complex.. The fourth most populated country in the world. ~40% have bank accounts. 2% have credit/bank cards.
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This hotel we're staying at is the most fragrant hotel to ever be frangranced in the history of hotels

They serve beef bacon in Indonesia and it is amazing.

"this is your song!" - @ibips says to me and @harper as the band plays, "play that funky music, white boy" #JakartaStuff

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  • Whew. Saved by a vending machine at DSM airport.
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  • Havin some Mexican food before heading east.
  • Ready for 18 days in Asia. Carry-on only.

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Our trip to Mukul Resort in Nicaragua

As a lot of you know, Kari and I just got back from a pretty rad trip to a resort in Nicaragua... and nearly everyone we've talked to about it asks, "how did you pick Nicaragua?"

Well, it kind of started with our friends' Mindy and Ryan's wedding. They had a destination wedding a couple years ago at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Mexico. Here, we had our own villa that came with it's own pool - devoid of other people's children and ... well devoid of everyone. This private home-like beach tropical experience ruined Kari. She actually said that she didn't want to go on another vacation that didn't come with a private pool.

Fast forward to 2017 - Kari asked our travel agent to find us a similar resort with its own villa and a pool. She gave us options in the Caribbean and another in Nicaragua. Since we've been to the Caribbean a few tim... read more


Hi, I'm Derek Brooks

I'm a 36 year old midwestern American who enjoys engineering, traveling, partying, and extremish sports.

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