The longest journey so far ... with Eddie

WHERE are you?

November 28, 2010

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Bukittinggi. Meaning, as I can now tell you from my stunted bahasa Indonesia, High Hill. Nestled in the valley between two volcanoes, Bukittinggi, whilst not beautiful in itself, is surrounded by beautiful places, and definitely by beautiful people. Staying in the hotel that I mentioned before, the hotel of a friend of a friend of […]

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Going against the grain

November 25, 2010

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For those unaware, Indonesia prides itself on being the ‘Ring of Fire’, a string of islands, jam packed with of people, living in the most active seismic region in the world. In the last couple of weeks the country has seen Mount Merapi explode and the Mantawai Islands devastated by a tsunami. Mount Bromo is […]

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How to find a post office in Bali

November 20, 2010

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A short answer. Painfully. Slowly. Ingratiatingly. One would presume, if I have a parcel send to the central post office in Kuta (the devil’s navel, a hell hole of sex and alcohol, a meat market of moneyed Australian teenagers and local lads with bedroom eyes who know they’ve got it made every night for the […]

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Deli Cat

November 17, 2010

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“I heard there was wine…” A sure fire way of making friends it would appear, even half way around the world. Bali has recently passed a law prohibiting the export of foreign liquor. Bad luck for the Australians, but good luck for Bali’s handful of small wine producers. After terrible, unspeakable experiences with wine in […]

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Grounded

November 15, 2010

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After a dubiously contrived examination, I am now a qualified pilot! Yes, you have to get a license to run and jump off mountains; it’s not for any old idiot to try their hand at … The examination was a translation from Indonesian, and had the feel to it that Babel Fish had about six […]

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Surfer bums and sore thumbs

November 10, 2010

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I am surrounded by the former and stick out like the latter. In my new world of bronzed gods and goddesses, with their dreaded locks, designer shorts and inability to put any clothes on, my top to toe coverage and nerdy bookworming are making me conspicuous. It’s true, that I am the only person in […]

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