people and cultures – inspiring journeys
sharing meaningful discoveries in Asia
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Oct 2017: the 350th anniversary of the Breda Treaty and exchange for Manhattan Island.
See this BBC story of the tiny island of the Bandas that was traded for Manhattan:
Exploring Eastern Indonesia: Click Here
November 2017: The Salween – if the river could talk
August 2017: Akha Swing Festival and Chiang Rai
May-June 2016: Silent Walks in Sri Lanka
September 2015: Sacred Migrations: Sri Lanka to Laos
April 2015: East Java Volcanoes: Mt. Ijen to Bromo
August 2012: Sri Lanka: Peraheras and Peace
March 2016: Easter Reflections from Indonesia:
On this Easter Day, I could not help but reflect on the wonderful boat trips we did in
past years throughout Indonesia.
We would call into Lamalera a few days before cruising on to Larantuka for Good Friday. On my last cruise, I remember the school teacher Pak Ben saying that some of the villagers were excited to be coming to Larantuka for Good Friday that year, and we looked forward to seeing them there. Their plan was to hook up an outboard engine on one of their boats- something they would never do on a traditional whale hunt- but a trip to Larantuka is quite a distance. By late evening on Good Friday, settling back on board the Perintis, we had not noticed any of our Lamalera friends amongst the crowds in town. Next early morning, while lifting anchor to sail out, we saw the Lamalera boat coming into the harbor. Their engine had broken down and they rowed all through the night- sitting upright on planks, singing Ave Maria.
One of these days I may get around to scanning some more old photos of these wonderful past trips, but below are a few including this black and white photo of a village welcome on the island of Timor:
Feeling fortunate for the wonderful times with the Perintis…
More on Eastern Indonesia- Click Here
and wishing to honor the beloved ships the Society Explorer and World Discoverer
which brought me to Indonesia from the Antarctic across the South Pacific back in 1989.
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