Tag Archives: travel

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

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Dobo

The flight from Ambon to Dobo was delayed for one day (this happens frequently in Ambon), but finally I walked through the tropical dark (it is a special kind of dark) from the not-too-disgusting transit hotel to the airport. The … Continue reading

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ambon

Jakarta seemed a vast city even from the air, with hundreds of freighters in her harbor, and an endless expanse of streetlights and fires below us as we landed. The terminal was spotless and brand-new, but our departure terminal, a … Continue reading

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Ubud

The cab dropped David and I off in Ubud, a small town in the hills, Indonesian in all respects on the outskirts, but touristy in the center (there is even a Starbucks). It must once have been a sleepy town, … Continue reading

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Transport

I spent most of the flight from Seattle to Taipei reading Wallace’s Malay Archipelago, a bit horrified at his messy attempts to shoot orang-utans, but on the whole it is an amazing book. Part of going to a completely unfamiliar … Continue reading

Posted in Indonesia, Travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment