Zero latitude

June 2009. The heat and humidity were overwhelming even at 6:30 in the morning. I couldn’t wait in my room any longer so I hurriedly checked out of Hotel K. in search of western-style lodging in Pontianak. I second guessed my decision to use this Indonesian city as my jump-off point for the island of …

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Sunrise on Mount Bromo

June 2009. After ascending more than 250 slippery steps, I finally reached the crater rim. It was tough to catch one’s breath in the volcanic steam-laden fog that enveloped the area. I flashed my head torch around the darkness and was surrounded by faces covered against the stinging bite of ash that wafted in the …

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