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Mesjid Raya, Medan  
   

Mesjid Raya, Medan

The Hotel Zakia provided a ringside seat for the morning call to prayer at Medan's Grand Mosque. © L. Birch 2007
Borderlands

June 10th 2007
Gunung Leuser National Park, Just North of Bukit Lawang June 6th The walk - uphill and through hot, sticky jungle - left us breathing hard, sweat from even this small exertion, popping out on our faces and running down our backs. We were on the big Indonesian island of Sumatra, only a few degrees north of the equator and the heat was stifling. Smothering everything in a wet, humid blanket, ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang

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
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