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Mount Bromo: Visiting an Active Volcano in East Java

10 December 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco - Sightseeing - Travelings

Mount Bromo: Visiting an Active Volcano in East Java

Stumbling out of bed, I skipped the shower, brushed my teeth, and stepped outside into the cool darkness. Craning my head toward the night’s sky, I was greeted with a scattering of white stars. It was a good sign. In a trip filled with early mornings, getting up at 3 AM to watch the sunrise over Mount Bromo in East Java was the earliest. We’d been warned to dress warmly, as temperatures can drop close to freezing, but I didn’t even find a hat...

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Komodo Dragons in the Wild

10 December 2012

Categories : Adventure - Hiking, Trekking, and Eco

Komodo Dragons in the Wild

The stories began on Rinca Island. A park ranger ambushed in his office when the door was accidentally left open. An elderly villager attacked. A local child killed. Our guides seemed to take it all in stride, having grown up amongst endangered Komodo monitors, the world’s largest living lizard, all their lives. As a visitor, I was both fascinated, and increasingly worried. The only tool guides carry to fend off aggressive Komodo dragons, as they are...

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Observing Orangutan Behavior at Camp Leakey

7 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Adventure

Observing Orangutan Behavior at Camp Leakey

Following the epic photo shoot with the delightful Sweet Hope, we devoured a breakfast of toast, fruit, and fried rice aboard the klotoks, and then disembarked. By then, two dozen other tourists had arrived to watch the morning’s orangutan feeding. We walked a few minutes along another raised boardwalk, until we reached the ranger station. Behind one of the buildings, a mother orangutan was hanging from a tree trunk, along with her adorable little baby...

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Watching the Sunrise from Borobudur Temple

7 December 2012

Categories : Sightseeing - Travelings - Culture and Heritage

Watching the Sunrise from Borobudur Temple

Approaching the stone steps of Borobudur Temple in the pre-dawn hours, the sky slowly began to lighten, revealing a blanket of grey clouds. Getting up at 4 AM was no longer about seeing a multi-colored sky, but experiencing one of Indonesia’s greatest cultural landmarks with as few people as possible. Borobudur Temple is the world’s largest Buddhist monument, its construction dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries (300 years before Cambodia’s...

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The Beauty of Yogyakarta

5 December 2012

Categories : Travelings - Culture and Heritage - Sightseeing

The Beauty of Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the second most popular destination after Bali in Indonesia. Also known as Jogjakarta, the beautiful city never fails to amaze with its old world charm and natural beauty. Steep in history, Yogya is the centre of Javanese art and culture, the cradle of civilization on Java where a few world heritage sites are located in the city and surroundings. It is the gateway to one of the world wonders – Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple and...

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