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Tanjung Pinang to Dumai  

Tanjung Pinang to Dumai

And more pictures from the boat
Plastic in Paradise

November 29th 2019
Indonesia has a bit of a plastic problem. I don't normally talk about it in my blogs, and if you would look at my pictures you might not expect it. But plastic is literally chocking up the rivers, polluting the jungles, and clogging the seas of this country. And every now and again I get confronted with this fact. Mostly I try to ignore it. I try to ignore the people throwing their plastic bags, b ... read more
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Indonesian Flag The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; the islands were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hos... ... read more
30th November 2019

I feel your pain. It is a struggle to ignore all the plastic in paradise, but sometimes a necessary mechanism to cope. I get seriously depressed seeing it all, but I can’t say it will stop me from traveling. I just try to pick up as much trash as I can along the way.
2nd December 2019

Yep, it's not always easy to ignore...
But not travelling won't solve the problem either. I always hope I can help by setting an example. If they see me not throwing things out the window, perhaps it will make them think. Even if only one in a hundred changes their habit, it is at least a start.

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