Not-so-rough in the Jungle January 26th 2011 Seventy five thousand years ago a large volcano blew its top leaving a massive crater in North Sumatra. Near the middle of the crater a slow flow of lava trickled from beneath the earth's crust, forming a big lump that would become samosir island whenever the crater filled with water. Creation through destruction is the lesson volcanoes are here to teach us. The idea of violence in a place as ... read more
Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Lake Toba 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
Update! Revised Southeast Asia Route
India: check. Up, down and all around.
Malaysia part1: done. beaches, farms and fun.
Thailand part 1: down. Crags, curry and rain.
Lao: Laid back and loved it.
Vietnam: we became half human, half noodle but left early as we weren't having fun
Cambodia: as awe inspiringly beautiful as it was socially depressing. Either way Cambodia Rocked.
Thailand Part 2: Soaked up sun in the land of smiles
Sumatera, Indo: It's rough in the jungle, and friggin beautiful
Bali, Indo: This place makes you feel like a dirty rotten tourist (but its uber pr... full info