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November 30th 2015
Published: November 30th 2015
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As I stand waiting for an Ankot (minibus) to the bus terminal in Banjarmasin, an old toothless man turns up, seemingly out of nowhere. Or to be more exact he climbs over a fence and through some bushes, a rather interesting approach I have to admit. ‘Where are you going sir?’ ‘To the bus terminal.’ ‘And then?’ ‘I want to buy a ticket to Pangkalan Bun.’ ‘Ah, for Tanjung Putin... Read Full Entry



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Military moth!?
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Reflections
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Planting a tree to help reforestation efforts
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That tree has got my name all over it!
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At the border gate of Kalimantan Tenggah (Central Kalimantan province) and Kalimantan Barat (West Kalimantan province) with some friends from my bus
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View over the Kapuas river towardds Mesjid Abdurrahman, the Sultan's Mosque
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Kapuas river
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Istana Kadriyah, the Sultan's Palace
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Throne room
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Bridge and mosque
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Watery byways
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More river views
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Patung Khatulistiwa, in other words, the Equator Monument



30th November 2015

Great adventures!
Hey Ralf, as always a very interesting description of your trips. Not the lonely planted kinda traveller, so there is always some new paths and wonders to discover when you're travelling. Hope to see you again, preferably on one of your trips around the world! Gake care buddy!.
1st December 2015

Hey Rui!
Nice to hear from you. I am sure we will meet again, if not around the world, than in Switzerland! Thanks for commenting.
30th November 2015

Monkey
Nice report ..... good thing you got a cheap rate for that tour .... Where to next?
1st December 2015

Where to next?
If I tell you that there will be nothing for you to read in the next blog ;)
30th November 2015

Monkey business!
There's a saying in Oz that if you pay for a monkey you get a monkey. It is a comment on those cutting costs get inferior service or expertise. But there are times that it is the best play. Sounds from your travels that when you are a smart monkey you get more than the banana! Happy times.
1st December 2015

Got plenty of monkeys...
But luckily not on the boat :) To be honest, I got a fair price. When I bargain, I don't bargain down to a price which is too low. I want it to be fair on everybody, on me and on them. She started out at a ridiculously high price, I bargained her down to a price which was normal. Believe me, I knew what costs were involved, she made a profit on me, just not an extortionate profit.
1st December 2015
Pontianak

Kingfisher
Sorry Ralf, but that Kingfisher didn't look like it was sleeping...its eyes were open!! Or do those birds sleep with their eyes open? Anyway looks like it was a lovely trip on the river, love the sleeping quarters!!
1st December 2015
Pontianak

I guess it sleeps with its eyes open
Because it was night and it certainly was sleeping. It didn't move a bit, despite using my flash and taken several pictures of it. Also the ranger said it was sleeping. By the way, your comment is on the Kingfisher photo, but the photo is of the equator monument...
1st December 2015
Pontianak

I knew this was going to come back & bite me!! So now I have learnt something new again...which is always good ??

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