Indonesia

Life in Bukittingi

For a town without a lot to do, I really enjoyed Bukittingi.  After about a week and a half I finally decided I needed to leave and travel somewhere more exciting. One of my favorite things about the city, though, was that every afternoon the light on the volcanoes surrounding the town lit them beautifully … Continue reading »

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Mentawi: Now with musical accompaniment!

Now featuring the singing talents of our second shamanic hosts!

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Cooking to Kill

Perhaps the most intrinsically exciting chore I got to tag along for with the Mentawi people was a shaman making poison to tip his hunting arrows with.  

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Getting some Grub

You realize the phrase had to come from somewhere, right? Something I had before only associated with the Lion King, when our guide talked about the chance to go “grub hunting” I was actually pretty excited. She being a bit of an insecto-phobe, Joanna and Batiste stayed behind on this one. While our all-around awesome … Continue reading »

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Life in the Jungle

During our stay, Ed tried to integrate us into daily life a bit to get an idea of what daily life and chores are like for the Mentawians. One day, we went fishing with the women in the family to watch as they pulled shrimp and crabs out from overhanging banks with a pretty standard … Continue reading »

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Into the Jungle

Before we left modernity, our guide Ed said that we should bring lots of little gifts to hand out while we were in the jungle.  In Mentawi, this mostly means two things: smokes and candy. Fully stocked and excited to go, Batiste and Joanna (a French couple I met in Bukittingi) and I jumped in … Continue reading »

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Day at the Zoo

There’s not much context for posting this photo, but I took it at the little zoo in Bukittingi and really like it.

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Beach Bums for fun and profit

Another article online under my name, this one a pretty standard travel type piece but about an awesome place in Indonesia that I’ve posted about before.   Writing this piece made me want to go back, and reading it again now makes me feel the same.  I think that perhaps an epic TKE trip is … Continue reading »

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