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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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Ujir: Part III

Near the bomb craters we saw our first surface scatters of porcelain and glass: mostly Qing dynasty Chinese porcelain, with some European imitations, and the typical light green or olive green bottle fragments, though the ones I saw at Ujir … Continue reading

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Ujir: Part II

We huddled in the little concrete hut with the rain pouring around us. Richardo brought out a small plastic water bottle, filled with pale yellowish liquid. “Sopi. To warm us up,” he said. We passed the bottle around. There was … Continue reading

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Ujir: Part I

At first, the trip to the island of Ujir didn’t happen. I was out in front of the hotel at 5:00 AM, waiting for the boat, which never showed. I did meet someone who claimed to be a journalist—he said … Continue reading

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Kota Lama Wokam

Kota Lama lies on the northwest coast of Pulau Wokam, one of the major Aru islands. In the 18th century, it was the main Aruese trading town, according to a Dutch traveler of the time. Since then Kota Lama has … Continue reading

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Pemandu Saya di Telepon

Pak Frengky is a voice on the phone.* The first day I got to Ambon, I walked down some of the streets around the Hotel Jamilah and got my first chorus of the “Mistér! Mistér!” which would soon become a … Continue reading

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