Goodbye Indonesia

Getting off the Togean Islands was a little easier than getting to them. A speedboat took me to the dock where I caught an overnight ferry back to Gorontalo. Overnight boats, buses, and trains are the best because you save the money on that night’s accommodation...
Kadidiri in the Togean Islands, Sulawesi

Kadidiri in the Togean Islands, Sulawesi

The perfect day. After my usual lunch of rice and fish, and telling the lucky divers an envious goodbye as they left on the boat (I can’t wear fins with my feet still bad), I put a shirt on, grabbed my knife and camera, and headed for my favorite place in the...

A Journey Well Worth It

Even with three years of practice, I still hate goodbyes. I fumble through them awkwardly, just glad to get them over with. That’s exactly what I did saying goodbye to Lina and her family before leaving Adonara. Luckily and unluckily, Bapa was already in the...

Party Adonara Style

First, read about my whale hunting experience. I returned “home” to Adonara with a story to tell, some great pictures of a successful dolphin hunt, and blood stained clothes. What I found was a village full of visiting family from all over Indonesia, and...
I Almost Died on a Whale Hunt in Indonesia

I Almost Died on a Whale Hunt in Indonesia

I never expected to find myself on a whale hunt in a remote corner of Indonesia known as Lamalera. But there I sat as chaos swirled around me and men scrambled to save our lives. I watched in horror as water poured over the sides of our precariously leaning boat....

Life in Adonara

A screaming monkey came berserking out of nowhere while I was having dinner outside with Lina’s extended family last night. It jumped on top of one of her aunts who spun around madly trying to get it off without getting bitten.  Everyone else ran for their lives...