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Escape Velocity

Headed to Indonesia again. On these pages, I haven’t even returned to the States yet. In fact, my life in the US is sometimes worth writing about, but it tends to happen in a crowded multi-tasking sort of way that … Continue reading

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Memories from a Night in Old Java

A while ago I went to an unusual performance in Seattle, at the Cornish art school’s auditorium. An ensemble of baroque musicians and a local gamelan orchestra took turns playing pieces from their repertoires, to explore the similarities and differences … Continue reading

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Modern Life in Jogja

My last week in Indonesia was a testament to how diverse the country is. The ancient city of Yogyakarta, or Jogja for short, was a different planet from Maluku province. The language sounded different, even when people bothered to speak … Continue reading

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Another Ambon: Part III

Hengky’s family are Seventh Day Adventists, or just “Adven,” as they called themselves. Morning, evening, and every meal were accompanied by long, elaborate prayers, with Hengky’s mother in law usually leading the service. Like American Adventists, they did not smoke … Continue reading

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Another Ambon: Part II

Hengky offered to show me around the jungle in the hills above his house. He wasn’t very familiar with it–he said he preferred the coast to the interior–but he had heard there was a Japanese bunker left from the Second … Continue reading

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Another Ambon: Part I

When my plane landed at Pattimura airport, the first objective was to find a ticket to Yogyakarta. Normally this would be easy—there were airline offices right outside the terminal. The only problem was that I was out of cash. Even … Continue reading

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Mau ke mana?

Time passed fitfully for my last couple days in Dobo. I had run out of money for any more boat trips, and the constant attention from the locals made an afternoon stroll something of an ordeal. The concept of walking … Continue reading

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Obrol (chit-chat)

My room in the Penginapan Suasana Baru was right next to the hotel’s conference room, which had a very excessive sound system. It hosted business meetings and religious services, and some events that seemed to be a combination of the … Continue reading

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Warungs of Dobo

The boat ride back to Dobo, in the dark afternoon of the musim hujan (rainy season), was almost as wet as the outbound trip. The trip to the village had exhausted me, and I said little as we motored back … Continue reading

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Photos are up!

Brilliant web guru/ninja Sandra has added a photo page, and a gallery of photos from Ujir are up for you to look at. Expect more galleries soon, covering the previous posts. Click on the picture below to go to the … Continue reading

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