Big Trouble in Little Singapore

I could hardly believe what was happening in front of my travel weary, bloodshot eyes. One man was holding my passport and firing questions at me as fast as I could answer them. Meanwhile, his two assistants were reaching into every one of my pockets and piling the...

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...

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...

Stranded!

I could tell by the obnoxious smell that our ride was up. That was OK with me. The nightbus we were traveling on just wasn’t that comfortable anyway. It was full, the AC barely worked, and it was painfully slow. I amused myself by talking about tortured souls...

From Yunnan to Sichuan

About three hours into the bus ride, I knew it was going to be a long one. The bumpy-and-rutted road was winding through the mountains madly. We doubled back so many times that I was starting to think we had made no progress at all. The bus was fairly new, but...