Lake Toba: Inferno and Paradiso May 21st 2017 Samosir, Sumatra, Indonesia
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I decided to visit Lake Toba after reading about it in Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. I’d climbed Tambora (most devastating eruption in human history) and sailed to Krakatau (biggest bang ever); the final piece now, in my Indonesian volcano jigsaw, was Toba. For several years I put off going there, but the ... 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
I've been teaching English for over 40 years - in England, Egypt, Tanzania, Argentina, Venezuela, Ghana and now Vietnam. At 68, I'm still going strong and have no wish to retire. I enjoy my job, which gives me plenty of time to relax and travel. In toto, I've visited 68 countries. I'm married to a Vietnamese woman and have been living in Ho Chi Minh City since 2001.
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