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10th June 2010

Incredibly true
I can see that the narration in this post is genuine. I hope you had ventured further into Mangali and Taloctoc where I have lived as a teenager. You will find that not all of Tanudan is that violent. Tanudan is peaceful when all tribes have the peace pact of "bodong". I admire how you were able to give a deeper concept of Kalinga life, one which I was not able to do in my blog The Clamor of Kalinga. I hope you can go back to Taloctoc too. Happy traveling.
9th June 2010

The beautiful Tanudan Valley
I had a fantastic time in Tanudan in 1990. Must have spent about 4 weeks or so there in total visiting peace pact celebrations, funerals and so on. I thought the people were absolutely great. Certainly there were lots of guns around and politics in the air. But it semed to me that if you abandoned youself to the hospitality of the people who live there (didn't try to do your own thing / worry about a timetables etc) you got amazingly well looked after. I could however see, if things went wobbly, how paranoia could easily creep in! I've uploaded some photos, stories and tapes from my time Tanudan at www.kalinga.org.uk I turned some of them into a 'movie' on youtube.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE00vJs9FLw
9th June 2010

Happy for you
I'm glad you had a great time while you were there.. it would be a shame if you didn't have a good time there..
7th June 2010

The fish police etc ...
This has got to be one of the funniest blogs out. I especially like the description of the imaginary tear trickling down the cheek of one of the fish police, while he describes the exquisite swearing of a babushka he once knew.
7th June 2010

This little trip should be called the vodka diaries! You seem to have an inate ability to find adventure, fun and amazing people - which you document with such clariy (amazing considering the vodka!). I'm intersted to see where and how the vodka finds you next!!
6th June 2010

Too True, great read!
Such a good read that I have placed a link to it in my website: http://www.vanuatu-hotels.vu/destination_guide . Hope everybody that uses my site reads it. Please send me any other great insights on Vanuatu, and happy to link them. Tropical regards from Port Vila. John Nicholls Vanuatu Hotels
5th June 2010

hey! This was 2008, september. You're very lucky to have grown up there - the people of Fais are the friedliest, kindest most hospitable people I have ever met!
5th June 2010

one of the pictures below looks like a picture i saw in that movie "let the right one in"...
5th June 2010

at first i thought, NO WAAAY! Is this the author of the book i just read? "getting stoned with savages-trip thru the island of Fiji and Vanuatu"...LOL! But then going back to the top saw that the name's not J. Maarten Troost.. funny and interesting reading about other people's experiences..... especially when they're talking about a place where you grew up and know almost everybody...when was this? last year or year before?. water looks calm...were you there during the summer? hehehe! too many questions.... this part really cracked me up..."ours is the smallest village and everyone else says we're rubbish!" use to get angry when hearing this from the people from the other villages.. but not anymore.. everything has changed... last time i was there i got sun burn real bad and didn't bring any t-shirt/shirt..but on island almost everyone had shirts on.. LOL!
3rd June 2010

"The strange adventures of Eddy in Wonderland". . . Great writing as usual Eddy! Really makes me feel like I am there and meeting those people. I learn alot about Russia from these.
31st May 2010

Oh wow, Edward, your experience is absolutely unbelievable. What and where you have been in so far is very exotic even for me, a native Muscovite. All these drunk swearing men, kind passionate women, Chechen/Afghan veterans driven nuts and an overall image of an "everdying" rural town are so... well, iconic, if that's the word. I think you've been to the most stereotypical Russian town possible to get in and met the most stereotypical Russian people there! There's no denying the truth they say that Moscow isn't (real) Russia. I think you should consider writing a book, words can't describe how much I've enjoyed following your stories! Keep them coming!
31st May 2010

What a story, Ed!
You must have done a lot of good in your past to have kind people taking care of you! I remember your malaria episode, and now this drinking binge. ;-) Good stories, Ed, and I enjoyed reading them while at the same time thinking what luck you encounter in all your adventures. Safe travels!
30th May 2010

A bit of intro would be great
Sad story about broken dreams :( Ed, what was the driving force for this trip to Siberia? Why BAM? Why alone?
28th May 2010

I just stumbled across your blog....great writings!! I almost felt as I was there! Also....you're kind of cute! =)
27th May 2010

polny pizdec..
Brilliant and very typical train story. Nice wording! Be careful at siberian trains. It is getting really boring to spent several days in the train just watching taiga. So Russian men usually use time machine called Vodka to speed up the future ) And as always, Vodka connecting People! (not Nokia) :)) BTW I am going to fly to Manus from Rio, then go to some amazon indian settlemnts on way to Tabatinga and Iquitos. Do you know id Tefe is worth of stopping there? or it's better to fing some jungle trecks around Iquitos? and how many time should we reserve (from Manaus to Iquitos, meaning speed boats usage + some side walks/stops in jungle) Many thanks and good luck in Baikal region! Artem (I did a treck from Irkutsk to Barguzinsk Buryatia via Olkhon island, in 2006)
26th May 2010

Brilliant! I rarely read EVERY word of a blog but this little rail adventure of yours has got me hooked. Your way with dialogue is fantastic, the vodka can't have erased ALL your memory. Beautiful
26th May 2010

Great, just great! another funny and heartwarming story well written, still the best thing on TB by far. Cheers.
26th May 2010

"I had not a single memory from the last twenty hours" --> i hope you did not get robbed! beautiful writing as usual =)
24th May 2010

I may never get there but a write-up like this makes it interesting beyond comprehension...
14th May 2010

Funny to learn that you have to travel thousands of miles to just to visit such a remote place, which I am happy to call home. To be honest, i just realized many things that I’ve never thought about Fais before. It is funny but I never thought that one can tell which coconut tree belongs to whom and all. It’s true indeed but understandable for such a small island. I mean i have this friend back home who can even tell precisely which tree you pick a coconut nut from even if you pick the coconut from the other side of the island without his presence. Oh and yeah I am happy to learn too that there is at least someone out there other than our family members that so happen to like my Mom’s cooking. It’s lovely, and that’s one of the many reasons that even a grown-up man like me still misses home. The details on Jesse and b-nuts are funny and couldn’t help but laugh on the top of my lungs about his constant spiting…lol. I was told by my old folks about you upon my return from Port Vila for vacation. So unfortunate that we did not meet in Vanuatu, I could’ve given you some tips about Fais and perhaps a map..lol hope to you'll return one day but till then thanks for the endorsement.
14th May 2010

Nice read Edward, thanks for sharing your journeys with us. I am an avid adventure rider and have passed through Kalinga via Bontoc, Tinglayan, Lubuagan, via Tabuk and via Bangued, Malibcong in Abra. I have not absorbed their culture much though and maybe the next time I'm there I might stay longer. :)
17th April 2010

Ed, that was very educational. I don't have your experience in the former Soviet-Union countries, but I recognise many of the behaviours you've described, especially those in the remote places where seeing a foreigner is the biggest thing to happen all month. If you can track it down where you are, there's a book you might enjoy: 'The Magnetic North' by Sara Wheeler all about Arctic people.
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