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Stephen Bugno

Travel more. Experience more. Live more. The nontraditional and nomadic lifestyle of Bohemian Traveler. Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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The Incredible Orangutans of Kalimantan

26 November 2012

To the world it is known simply as Borneo. It’s the third biggest island in the world and home to the famous gentle man of the forest—the orangutan. To Indonesians, it is Kalimantan—the Indonesian part which makes up the majority of the island’s land area. The rest of the island is diffused into Sabah and Sarawak, the provinces of Malaysian Borneo, as well as the Sultanate of Brunei. Last year I visited these parts of Borneo, but wanted to return to explore Kalimantan and as much as I could of the other 17,000 islands

Witnessing the Diversity of Indonesia at Borobudur Temple

26 November 2012

A visit to the Temple of Borobudur is much more than the admiring the elegance of a 9th century Buddhist monument. It’s more than imagining that this great stone tribute was buried for ages beneath volcanic ash. It’s more than climbing over the world's largest Buddhist monument. It’s about witnessing the great diversity and the long history of these incredible islands known collectively today as Indonesia. Indonesia is an assemblage of over 17,000 islands, with hundreds of cultures and languages spoken. Today it is a Musli

Looking into a Volcano at Mt Bromo

29 November 2012

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to look inside of a volcano? At Indonesia’s Mt. Bromo, you can see for yourself. The journey begins in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, in the far east of Java. We arrived at our hotel the day before and rested up for a middle-of-the-night departure for sunrise. After sunrise we took jeeps across the sand sea and hiked up Mt. Bromo. Here, some chose to ride horses up the volcano side. The hike wasn’t difficult—but it was uncomfortable. Throughout the 45-minute climb, winds whipped

Face to Face with the Komodo Dragon

3 December 2012

Without a doubt, the Orangutan along with the Komodo dragon represents the wildlife highlights of Indonesia. They are unique to this geography. If you want to see them in their native habitat, you have to get on a plane (or boat) and travel here. That’s part of what makes a trip to Indonesia so rewarding. On paper, the Komodo dragon wowed me with its impressive traits. In real life, the Komodo captivated, entranced, and even frightened me. Basic Facts about the Komodo The Komodo dragon is the largest species of lizard on earth. It can