Sumatra: Gibbons & More Orangutans

Our plan for Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra was to do the overnight trek in Ketambe and continue north to the Rainforest Lodge in the village of Kedah to do day treks with Mr. Jaly. We hoped it would check a few more boxes off our wildlife list, such as black and brown gibbons… Continue reading Sumatra: Gibbons & More Orangutans

Sumatra: Chasing Wild Orangutans

What was I thinking?  Why did I think it was a good idea to do an overnight camping trip in the hot humid Sumatra jungle. These were the thoughts that ran through my water deprived brain as we kept looking for the rare Sumatran orangutan. We’d been hiking around continuously for 3 hours in the… Continue reading Sumatra: Chasing Wild Orangutans

Ramayana Epic as Retold in Ballet and Shadow Puppetry

The Ramayana epic is a classic love story of boy meets girl, girl gets kidnapped by evil demon king, boy goes on quest to rescue girl, boy makes girl set herself on fire to prove her love. Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these two. Throughout Southeast Asia we have seen the retelling of this… Continue reading Ramayana Epic as Retold in Ballet and Shadow Puppetry

Borobudur and Prambanan: Ancient Selfie Temples

No stay in Yogyakarta is complete without visiting a pair of ancient temples, both of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. Borobudur, a massive 8th century Buddhist temple, and Prambanan, a 10th century Hindu temple complex, can be visited in one day by car. We began our day at the more distant Borobodur. The entry… Continue reading Borobudur and Prambanan: Ancient Selfie Temples

Yogya Retreat

We arrived very late in Yogyakarta after a harrowing 13 hour ride in a roach infested minibus which unceremoniously dropped us off around midnight in the middle of nowhere Yogyakarta with our driver saying “This is my office, you take three wheel to hotel.”  And with that we were introduced to Yogyakarta. With a huge… Continue reading Yogya Retreat

Reactive Bromo

After our narrow escape from Flores, we traveled to the island of Java with our first stop being in the town of Cemoro Lawang, the gateway to Bromo Tengger Semeru National park. Otherwise known as the Bromo region,  this is considered one of the most scenic parts of Java with breathtaking and surreal views of… Continue reading Reactive Bromo