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Where Matches Come From

We arrived shortly before dusk at the Arabica coffee plantation which would also be our home tonight. This place was much different from the Indonesia we have seen so far. There were nicely manicured gardens and ornamental plants all over … Continue reading

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Legendary Bromo

When you look at a topographical map of eastern Java, you notice a huge bump. The road map confirms this, showing all the lines avoiding this mountain. This is Bromo. We had to get up at 3:30 am to get … Continue reading

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Violent Volcano Merapi

Even as we were leaving Batu Karas, we realized something was up in the air. That something made it a little hard to breathe and covered the broad palm leaves in a fine layer of light gray. It was volcanic … Continue reading

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Surfing and Black Sand Beaches

We arrived in Batu Karas in the middle of a rainy night. We had just spent almost four hours in a cramped van, with the backpacks precariously strapped to the roof with rope, twine, and luck. They ranged from damp … Continue reading

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Lazy Jakarta

The city is huge and bustling, but there is not too much to do here. Compared to the amazingly random Tuesday, the rest of our stay was pretty tame. We did a lot of walking, rode around in the crazy … Continue reading

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