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Experiencing Bali, Four Years Later

11 December 2012

Categories : Culture and Heritage - Adventure

Experiencing Bali, Four Years Later

Dig far enough back through the archives on Go Backpacking, and you’ll find Bali was the first place in Asia I visited on my trip around the world. It was my first time in Asia, too, so the culture shock hit me hard and fast. Walking around Kuta my first day, I quickly learned to stop making eye contact with vendors and touts, and focus on going about my business. My hotel the first few nights had a beautiful swimming pool, complete with Swedish girls. I...

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Tag : Kuta Beach, Bali Spirit Festival

An Orangutan Experience in Tanjung Putting, Indonesia

11 December 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Adventure

An Orangutan Experience in Tanjung Putting, Indonesia

When I received the schedule for my trip to Indonesia one of the first places it said we would visit was Tanjung Putting, which was on the island of Kalimantan. I had never heard of these places before but knew we were going to see wild Orangutans and was excited to visit. Once in Indonesia I heard a couple people say “Borneo”. Previous to this I wasn’t sure where I thought Borneo was and I kind of thought it was its own country and then I found...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild

Lesson Learned from the Klotok - Travel Makes Us Humble

11 December 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Adventure

Lesson Learned from the Klotok - Travel Makes Us Humble

Have you ever felt that travel makes you humble? As a part of #Travel2Indonesia trip, I spent the first two days in Borneo jungle (Kalimantan). We slept, ate, worked on the klotok – wooden boat, and the weather was scorching hot and humid. You can imagine how dirty and sweaty we all were.Because the orangutan camp can be visited only by a river-boat, we had to maintain our lives on the boat. I loved the experience. The simple life - it's not easy to get...

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Tag : The 5th Borneo Extravaganza: Uniquely Kalimantan

The orangutan family of Kalimantan

11 December 2012

Categories : Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Adventure

The orangutan family of Kalimantan

For the first seven or eight years of his life, Fred Galdikas had a best friend called Apollo Bob. Like most friends at that age, they would play together outside. And like most children at that age, their differences seemed immaterial. Kids have an ability to look beyond race, religion, or language and just see a friend for who they are. That was probably lucky for Fred. You see, Apollo Bob was an orangutan. Thirty years ago, when Fred was born, his mother was...

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Tag : Tanjung Puting National Park : Re-introducing Orang Utans to the Wild

A Behind the Scenes Look at Making Gudeg in Yogyakarta

10 December 2012

Categories : Sightseeing - Cuisine

A Behind the Scenes Look at Making Gudeg in Yogyakarta

The heat from the flames was almost unbearable, the lack of air circulation stifling. A surprisingly tall, young, shirtless man in flip-flops entered the room. Male or female, it was hard not to notice his abs, covered in sweat, and seemingly carved from stone. He deposited a shovel full of red-hot coals underneath one of the many large cooking pots, without a word, and left the room again. Walking into the kitchen of Gudeg Yu Djum, a famous restaurant in...

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Tag : Yogyakarta