Indonesia (Part 2)

Sumbawa Island What changes you will find across that short stretch of ocean. Sumba was a limestone island, with the population split between the religions of Marapu Animism, Dutch Calvinism, and Roman Catholicism. Sumbawa is the ultimate volcanic island and totally Moslem. During the 170 kilometer crossing of Sumbawa you Read more…

Indonesia (part 1)

Region#6; Country#16: Indonesia You will see the difference as soon as you cross the border, more farms, paved roads, but still lots of motorcycles. The benefits of the Dutch infrastructure, as opposed to the ignored Portuguese colony are obvious. It makes you really wonder why the East Timorese were so Read more…

Timor-Leste

Region#6 Country#15: Timor-Leste There could be no better place to begin our trip through the islands that surround the South and East of the Eurasian Continent than East Timor. The very existence of this tiny nation epitomizes the Region in which it lies…. Living at the crossroads of everything, absorb Read more…

Australia…(Part 2)

After the challenges of Antarctica, it is only fair that you get a reprieve to collect yourself for the remainder of this long journey. Tasmania is that reprieve. No climate extremes. No altitude sickness.  No imminent danger of death from volcanoes, avalanches, crevasses, earthquakes, tidal waves, or bandits; just a Read more…

Australia

Region#5 Country#14: Australia I know what you are probably thinking; “Don’t we go to Tasmania first?” Even though we tend to think of them as separate entities, Tasmania is actually a state of Australia. And even if they were independent countries, when it comes to Region 5, there is just Read more…

Antarctica

Region#4 Country#13: Antarctica And then we come to Antarctica. Dark, brooding, mysterious Antarctica…. How, you have to be wondering, can I call a continent of glaring white dark and brooding? Because Antarctica holds her secrets close. A mile and a half of Ice covers her land, extreme temperatures have made Read more…

Argentina

Region#3 Country#12: Argentina Going into this journey I had mental images of all the countries we are visiting. Yet, with the journey taking place, each of them holds surprises. From each I emerge with a very different picture that the one I carried in. Argentina is immediately not an exception. Read more…

Chile

Region#3 Country#11: Chile Before you start to breathe easier as you begin to put distance between yourself and Huaynaputina in Peru, consider that you are now entering a land that is roughly as stable as sea ice. I am not telling you that the volcanoes are no concern. After all, Read more…

Peru

CRAW Region #2, Country #10: Peru After Ecuador was so fascinating, I wondered what would be left to say about Peru.  Wouldn’t you know, Peru is even more fasciniating. Peru is the land of great mysteries. I think the place to start in Peru is with part history and part Read more…