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Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja February 4th 2020

Tana Toraja, I went, it seems like a dream.... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja February 4th 2020

Tana Toraja-A Land Like no Other. I went in December 2019, my time there seems like a dream. Woke in my little room near the harbor in Bau Bau, SE Sulawesi in the early morning hours, 4AM. Bad sleep night, excitement on my mind, reflecting for hours on my great journey so far and what was to come. Walked outside, toward the end of the lane I found a guy I had talked with the night before about a lift to the airport. We hopped on his moto, streets almost empty, zipped up the hills of this lovely city and headed south in the cool (ish) morning air. Though I had only spent 2 whole days in this town, I had grown to love it. Something special, beautiful setting, pretty much no tourists around. I think ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi January 16th 2020

I'm sitting in a little coffee shop on a cold and sunny Seattle day about 2 weeks after returning from my trip, memories flooding back as I write this. I never know I'm going to have free time until suddenly I do, the stars aligned Dec 10th or so. I had planned to go to Sudan, had my visa and everything. Had some intense reflection before my trip, decided that the democracy was too new, the demonstrations too large. I'd wait a year or so. Where to go instead? Sulawesi had been at the top of my list for awhile. Just like that, researched for a day, bought a ticket and was off to Jakarta, flying through Taipei. EVA Air has been my go to for more than 20 years since my first trip to Asia. ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar July 11th 2019

I hope you enjoyed the silly third person narrative in my previous blog. It was my attempt at putting a humorous spin on the bus ride from hell. I knew that there wasn’t much sightseeing to be done in Makassar, and, with my flight to Bali being in the evening, I wanted a centrally located hotel with a pool. Citadines Royal Bay fit this bill perfectly. My plan was to enjoy my room as much as possible, check out around 11am, store my bag at reception, do a round of sightseeing, and return to the hotel to cool off in the pool. My first stop that morning was Chinatown. I walked to the requisite Chinatown gate, looked around a bit, and thought to myself that this was the quietest Chinatown I have ever been in. There ... read more
Paotere Harbor
Fort Rotterdam
Chinatown

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar July 10th 2019

By most standards, The 50 Year Old Backpacker (“T50YOB”) is much more (fool)hardy than his peers. He loves to travel the rustic way because it is more interesting and fun. His peers roll their eyes when he talks excitedly about his travels; they cannot fathom why he doesn’t just want to sip mai tais at a resort. Or, even worse, go on a cruise. But, T50YOB knows that he cannot travel like he used to 25 years ago, so he makes concessions. Despite this, from time to time, he needs to get his a** kicked to remind him that sometimes, age is more than a number. Upon conclusion of the amazing time he had in Tana Toraja, T50YOB had two options to get back to Makassar for his onward trip to Bali. He could: (1) hire ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja July 9th 2019

If you followed my Midlife Crisis Flashpacking trip two years ago, you may recall that I chose not to travel to Tana Toraja after traveling overland through Flores because I couldn’t handle the prospect of yet more crazy winding mountain roads. So, I opted to chill in Bali instead. Last year, my friends Ryan and Anthony announced they would be getting married in Bali this July, so I decided to check off another bucket list item - Tana Toraja - before heading to Ubud. As an added bonus, my friend Trixie - you might recall her from my various blogs from Australia two years ago - was going to the wedding as well, and so we planned to spend eight days exploring Bali. Getting to Tana Toraja My initial plan was to arrive in Makassar on ... read more
Eddie and I
At the Bus Station
Scenes From the Bus

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 13th 2019

Budicek 6.30. Ranajky opat len keksi. Motorka bola nachystana presne ako sme sa vcera dohodli. V nadrzi okolo ¾ benzinu. Sadam na stroj a smer bulusaruang. Vcera som sa este opie pytal kde zacina trek, som jej poslal aj bod z google maps ale miesto potvrdenia resp vyvratenia mi poslala zvukove nahravky co popisovali uz samotnu trasu a nie jej umiestnenie. Tie nahravky vsak uplne nepodstatne, z ¼ tam furt mlela ako sa to povie anglicky. Ah keby to bolo take zlozite napisat. Este sa na mna nasrala, bo som jej nepovedal, ze som bol 6dni v bira, kam chcela ist i ona. No pritom mi vravela, ze v maji uz bude v kanade a este dva dni pred prichodom do biry, som jej pisal, ze tam idem. Fakt divne to difca. Nazad na cestu. Siel ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 12th 2019

Rano jak kokot som cakal od 5.50 do 6.30 na terase na motorku. Jasne, ze nik nedosol. Pica este okolo mna presla bez povsimnutia. Nuz nasrany som sa vybral po uzavretej ceste smerom vlavo. Obcas ma predbehli daky bezci. Dost ludi takto skoro v uliciach. Ako som siel dalej tak sa zacali objavovat stanky zvacsa s oblecenim, obcas hodinky ci maly zajacikovia v mini klietkach. Trh na sposob burzy u nas. Na promenade len tak sedenie a sledovanie cviciacich ludi. Predcvicovali im dvaja treneri na mensich plosinach. Cvicenie bolo doprevadzane hudbou. Cvicili mlady, stary, moslimy, handrove hlavy, deti.. Jedno male dieta (3r) si sadlo ku mne a furt si ma obkukalo. Neskor ked sa rodina zberala prec mi zamavalo a povedalo bye bye. Nazad na ubytko. Pica za recepciu jak keby sa nic nestalo. Sak povedala ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 11th 2019

Vcera mi obsluha zajednala dopravu do makasaru. Cena rovnaka s tym, ze ma ma dojst vyzdvihnut o 10.00 ale azia, tak nakonec dosol o 10.30. Po budicku este lezanie v hammake a pocuvanie sumenia mora a spevu vtakov. Dokonaly relax.. Na ranajky mi spravili v restike tentoraz prazenicu. Po jedle som mal uz nachystany ucet v eurach. Kurz dali 16000, podla xe curency bol 16050, tak super. Nuz len baba (ta to tu ma mat o mesiac vsetko pod palcom, bo dojde k vymene manazerok) bola opat v soku ked som chcel zaplatit nieco v eurach a nieco v rupiach. Proste to nevedela vyratat, tak musela zobudit manazerku (mlada baba). Po uspesnom vyplateni, pobratie sa na plaz. Tu hlavne plavanie, nech si uzijem more, bo ktovie kedy sa k nemu zas dostanem (asi az v gruzinsku). ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi May 10th 2019

Dnes nic nerobenie. Doobeda v restike, kde net uz fical, tak postahovane 10rocne romanove zapisky z iranu. Neskor vsetko nahadzane do mapy. Je to dobre od seba vzdialene, v kl sa uz musim do toho pustit naplno. Este mi treba samozrejme pre istotu vyrobit falosnu letenku z iranu a falosne zdravotne poistenie co plati na iran. A cul prichadza velke odhalenie, nemam ziadnu zdravotnu poistku. Jednej zo zamestkanin vravim nech mi spravi ucet a ci sa da platit eurom, bo tolko domacej meny nemam. Vraj nevie ale zisti. Podla divemastera ano a vraj mi v pohode zameni eura na rupie ak by to neslo. Poobede dorazenie knihy. Nic extra to nebolo ale aspon som mudrejsi o neake tie poznatky: O Attilovy - udajne je pochovany niekde pod riekou tisou Dzingischanovy - ten je udajne pochovany v ... read more




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