These are a few of my favourite volcanoes…

Indonesia has 127 active volcanoes....and god only knows how many dormant or extinct peaks. Basically every peak you see is (or was) a volcano. But we never get sick of looking at them. Tiny Lombok is home to the enormous Gunung Rinjani, at 3726m it's Indonesia's second highest volcano and is sacred to the Balinese … Continue reading These are a few of my favourite volcanoes…

Lombok to Flores by boat (or when dragons prove to be the least of your worries)

Sailing from Cartagena to Panama was one of the highlight's of our year in Latin America, so when we heard about boats traveling between Lombok and Flores, we decided to sail our second sea and get in on the Indonesian version of life aboard.  About a week before we were due to depart, another tourist … Continue reading Lombok to Flores by boat (or when dragons prove to be the least of your worries)

Danau Maninjau- another day, another crater lake in Northern Sumatra

Surrounded by soaring, steep and densely forested cliffs, Danau Maninjau is even more beautiful than Danau Toba, and since it is also much smaller (just 70km around the lake) it's also much easier to visualise the former explosive life of this extinct volcanic peak.  The approach to the shore of the lake involves a descent … Continue reading Danau Maninjau- another day, another crater lake in Northern Sumatra

What is it with Asia and….???

I know, I know...Asia is a big place. Depending on your definition it comprises up to 49 countries and 60% of the world's population. However for the purposes of this blog post 'Asia' refers to China, Japan, Korea and all of South-East Asia. ┬áDespite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???