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The Dutch, the Caretaker, and the Little Girl

What an Amazing World!

A Depiction of W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp A Depiction of W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp

Far from the bustling tourism hotspot in Bali’s south is the city of Singaraja, the capital of Buleleng Regency on the island’s northern coast. Founded by the king of Buleleng, Ki Gusti Ngurah Panji Sakti, in 1604 on an empty grassland surrounded by buleleng – corn-like shrub widely planted by local residents at that time – the city, literally ‘Lion King’ after the indomitable ruler, gained prominence during Dutch colonial period on the island.

Following their successful campaigns using divide et impera (divide and rule) strategy to gain more control of regions across the Indonesian archipelago, in 1846 the Dutch eventually launched a military intervention to control Bali, still very much independent at that time but engulfed in conflicts among small kingdoms on the island.

But it was not until the third attempt in 1849 that the Dutch eventually defeated the Kingdom of Buleleng with…

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Travel with Intent

“Paddington decided that when he grew up he wanted to be an actor.”
– “A Visit to the Theatre” in “A Bear Called Paddington”

a1 -9223 Shakesbear designed by Michael Sheen – Bankside Pier, Near Shakepeare’s Globe, Bankside

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This theatrical bear was part of the Paddington Parade that marched through London at the end of 2014.  Today is his namesake’s 451st birthday; you can join in the celebrations this coming weekend at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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The People of Flores and Sulawesi

people watching in Indonesia!

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My most valuable souvenirs from our trip to Indonesia are the photos I took of the people. I can always go on Google images and see photos of the volcanoes, temples and beaches we visited, but those moments with people are unique.

Putting together this photo essay made me happy. Looking back through my photos of people on the islands of Flores and Sulawesi served as a great reminder of many special moments I shared with the friendly people of Indonesia. Below is a collection (mostly) of unpublished photos of the people I met on the islands of Flores and Sulawesi.

Flores People Photos

Along the Trans-Flores Highway

People riding on trucks was something we saw all over Indonesia. We once hitched a ride ourselves and when locals would look up and see us, they’d do a double-take and excitedly shout, “BULE!” It isn’t everyday they see a foreigner riding on a truck.


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Tikal Tikal

One Step Beyond



Tikal, the greatest of the ancient Mayan ruined cities, surrounded by 576 sq kms of lush rainforest, dominated by pyramids some 200 feet in height, magnificent in scale and application, rich in vegetation and wildlife, it fulfils all expectations of an ancient civilisation, abandoned by all but the jungle.

DSC_0482DSC_0402DSC_0362 In 1996 I climbed these severely vertical pyramids, now we can only look up…







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A Small Hill Town of Tuscany – Volterra

Journey Around The Globe

VOLTERRA: Volterra is another medieval charm of Tuscany and another town that attracts thousands of tourists every month. Like San Gimignano or Siena, this is one of many walled cities of Toscana.. Situated on a hill, Volterra gives beautiful views of the countryside and nearby small hills. Getting lost in the cobble-stoned alleys and being surrounded by enchanting old buildings make this city awesome. For us, it was a small and sweet trip. If you are in Florence or Siena, making a day trip to Volterra would be perfect for few hours.

Looking over the countryside from Volterra, right before entering the Old Town Looking over the countryside from Volterra, right before entering the Old Town

TIME of TRAVEL: It was our second time in Tuscany in October of 2013. After visiting Siena, Florence, and San Gimignano, Volterra was our last town to visit in this region of Italy. When we arrived here it was almost dark and it got a bit…

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