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…
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)
When someone honks their horn in Australia, it pretty much means one thing: fuck you arsehole, get the fuck out of my way- and is almost always accompanied by a demonstrative finger gesture.However in many other parts of the world, they employ a highly nuanced and sophisticated range of honking, tooting, beeping and blaring to … Continue reading The Art of Honking
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
After a grueling ten days toughing out Ramadan and Idul Fitri in Aceh province, it was rather a relief to arrive on the shores of Danau Toba and get reacquainted with a more hedonistic way of life, thanks to the local Batak people. The five hour minivan ride from Medan was particularly awful- loads of … Continue reading If I was Indonesian, I’d be Batak.
The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan ran from 28 June to 28 July this year; during this time Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or smoke from dawn to dusk. We spent the majority of the month in Malaysian Borneo, where the huge Chinese population (around 40% or higher) meant that eating at any time … Continue reading Selemat Idul Fitri
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. Despite the huge cultural, historical, religious and ethnic differences that exist between … Continue reading What is it with Asia and….???