Tana Toraja- Explaining The Unique Houses

January 27, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

The traditional houses in Tana Toraja are fantastic. Boat shaped beauties with roof lines reminiscent of water buffalo horns, so important to the people of this culture, with walls covered […]

Bara Beach Walk… in which I converse with the rocks

January 26, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

Bara Beach is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air. At the very tip of the northern leg of the island of Sulawesi, it’s known for excellent diving, beautiful beaches […]

Death in Tana Toraja

January 25, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

Torajan culture is steeped in history and tradition. It’s a beautiful thing, really, from the design of their houses, a long memory stemming from their arrival on ships centuries ago, […]

Reflections on Death: A Funeral in Tana Toraja

January 24, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

It was a combination of the tears on their faces and the high, warbling wail that ran chills down my back. It’s a bit odd, from our cultural standpoint, to […]

Portraits of Tana Toraja: Photo Essay

January 24, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

By far the best part of travel is the people. We so enjoy the folks we meet, the interesting faces in a crowd, and swimming in the rainbow of melanin […]

Life in Tana Toraja: Economics and Elections

January 23, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

Life in Tana Toraja is a world away from the beehive of Jakarta, or even of Makassar, with at 1.7 million is a “small city” by comparison. Rantepao has a […]

Tana Toraja’s Bamboo Orchestra

January 22, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

We took some video for you the other day, of some fantastic kids with a unique musical talent.   They play bamboo pipes! These children, 30 of them, live together […]

Tana Toraja: Blood, Cigarette Smoke, Sweat & Testosterone: Losing a Cock Fight

January 22, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

On a ten point scale from Wolfe Island to the road into San Marcos, Guatemala, the roads of the highlands of Tana Toraja are a solid 16.  Imagine our driveway […]

Tana Toraja Market: An economics lesson

January 21, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

The weekly market at Tana Toraja is spectacular And we’ve been to our fair share of markets. This is not a tourist market like the one at Chichicastenago in Guatemala. […]

Drive by Shootings: Makassar to Tana Toraja: A Photo Essay

January 20, 2013 in Asia, Indonesia, Travelogue

Makassar to Tana Toraja is a nine hour drive Covering about 330 km of the stunningly beautiful interior of South Sulawesi. After spending what’s felt like entirely too much time […]

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