Just before leaving Indonesia, while I was reading on the beach, this kid stole my wallet: After having talked a bit and letting him sit around and read my English/Indonesian phrasebook, he simply picked it up and walked off while I wasn’t looking. I realized almost immediately that it was gone, packed up my camera … Continue reading
Budget for the Indonesian island of Sumatra. For info on other regions of Indonesia, check out Sulawesi and Bali. Day-to-day costs in the country like food and accomodation are pretty cheap, and internal flights can sometimes be had for not much more than the cost of a long-distance bus ride. Beer is comparatively expensive, at … Continue reading
I did manage, on my most ambitious day of exploring Pulau Nias, to drive a little ways to the interior of the island to poke around. Nias has a unique traditional architecture that varies slightly from the top of the island to the bottom. In one village just outside of Gunung Sitoli, I met a … Continue reading
Being an Indonesian island, Pulau Nias has lots of good beach and ocean options. I spent most of my days on Nias just driving a motorbike from beach to beach. I’d swim and read for a little bit, get antsy, and drive on to the next beach I found to repeat the process. Though I … Continue reading
Tana Toraja Funeral Dance Considerably less gory than the other Tana Toraja Funeral video I posted, a bit of dancing at the second funeral Greg and I went to while in Sulawesi. The video has a lot of ambient noise, but then so did the funeral. Aside from the constant slaughtering of water buffalo that … Continue reading
Kopi Luwak Coffee Luwak starts as any other Arabica bean, planted to a field and nurtured to perfect ripeness. In the villages near Bukittingi, this path takes a sudden detour from the usual. At night, when its nocturnal eyes hunt best, the civet cat emerges from its lair to prey on helpless coffee beans just … Continue reading
Courtesy of the City of Padang and my first night back in Indonesia: This ridiculous Indian Ocean sunset.
Ever wonder what it looks like when a leech tries at locomotion? Today is your lucky day.