A trek to blue flames at East Java’s Ijen Crater

This story was published on GoNomad.com on July 6, 2020. It’s dark. The terrain is rocky. The sulfuric smell of rotten eggs is in the air. Dust burns the eyes. Toxic clouds pass by and the nearby lake is so acidic, it can eat away metal. Blue fire is the main reason people hike downContinue reading “A trek to blue flames at East Java’s Ijen Crater”

Gory acts connect those with the spirit world at Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival

WARNING! Some of the content below contains images and video of self-mutilation that some people may find disturbing. Eyes in a trance-like gaze. Objects pierced through ears and cheeks. One man slices his tongue with a sword. Blood drips down on the road below. The name “Vegetarian Festival” doesn’t quite characterize Phuket’s annual event knownContinue reading “Gory acts connect those with the spirit world at Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival”