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Mar 6, 2016 - Fly to Makassar

Just a layover day...Up at 7, showered, shaved...we leave today at 5 for Maakasar. Bon & I went out in a.m. to find 'snacks' and other travel stuff. Back by noon...seems we have a rain shower every day. We just hang stripped down to keep cool in front of fan. NYEPI Days in Bali 2016 Info about Nyepi days in Bali Left Michael's at 3;30 p.m. to go to the airport. It took us an hour because of a parade (see info re: Nyepi days) which blocked all roads near his house. We walked 10 min. until we found an open traffic road where se could get a...

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Feb 8, 2016 - Back in Rantepao

Our last few days in Sulawesi were spent in Rantepao. We were there for the buffalo market where there are hundreds of buffalos for sale. Prices are negotiated with the owner and we saw some thick wads of cash being counted. The owners look after their animals so well, washing them after their trip on a truck, bringing them water and hand feeding them grass! They must have a few pangs to finally sell them, knowing what they are very soon destined for. We paid a few dollars to hang out at a fancy hotel one day and use their swimming pool...

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Feb 7, 2016 - Rantepao, Sulawesi

With our senses reeling after a morning attending a funeral ceremony in Rantepao, we continued with our guide, a driver (and an Italian man we had met who shared the trip with us) to see the cave graves. The Toraja people believe that you can take possessions with you into the afterlife. As this led to grave plundering, they started to hide their dead in caves. These caves are hollowed out by specialist cave builders. Coffins go deep inside the caves, and sitting on balconies on the rock face in front of the caves are tau tau -wooden...

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Feb 1, 2016 - Tana Toraja, Sulawesi

Life for the Torajaen people revolves around death and they spend their days earning money to send their dead away properly. Yesterday we met a man with a mattress strapped on his motorbike. After talking with him we learned that this was to put in his mother's coffin when she would be buried in 3 or 6 months time. The most important Torajaen ceremony is the funeral because they believe without proper funeral rites, the soul of the deceased will bring bad luck to the family. The Toraja generally have two ceremonies, one immediately after...

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Jan 28, 2016 - Woofing No. 1

Life on the farm begins early - the roosters ensure you are awake! Natsir takes their 2 sons plus a nephew to school at 7am on his motorbike. They also have a daughter who is studying in Makassar. After breakfast we spend a couple of hours down in the garden weeding, lunch is round 11 am, we take a break in the heat of the day, then spend another couple of hours in the garden later in the afternoon. Because we are up in the mountains, the days are hot but the nights cool down. In between we sometimes wander around the local roads (with our...

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Jan 27, 2016 - Sulawesi

Lombok to Sulawesi After sweltering for a couple of days at Kuta and looking for bicycles to rent, to no avail, we joined everybody else and rented a motor scooter for a couple of days. Only 50,000 rupiah per day plus 10,000 for a litre of petrol. ($5 + $1). Many of the scooters have a hook attachment to the side so surfers can transport their boards. There are numerous little white sand beaches both directions from Kuta and it was great to be able to stop and look/talk to people whenever we wanted. I paid a lady for the scooter the first...

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Jan 15, 2015 - Toraja Land continued...

Not more had to be said about the morning actvities...Day 4 of the funeral festivities would be the procession of the coffin to its final resting place into the family's chosen location. Unfortunately for us, we would not be able to attend this part of the celebration as it would be taking place on Monday, the day we were leaving Toraja Land. (Sunday is a day of rest so nothing would be taking place until the Monday). What kind of location? Our afternoon was spent touring around the many burial options available to the families. The...

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Jan 13, 2015 - Toraja Land

Happy New Year Everyone! When I first arrived in Bali I had been tuned to CNN, first watching the Air Asia disaster and more recently watching the horrifying massacre in Paris. We are all affected by these tragedies and we are praying for those families directly affected. Je suis Charlie! We have been away from tv this past week so are unsure what is happening. Friday morning we were whisked away from our hotel in Makassar by our hired guide, Hernan Halim, who we'll spend the next 5 days with in his shinny, black, air- conditioned truck....

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Jan 9, 2015 - Makassar, Sulawesi

Trish and Sunny are now in south Sulawesi. We flew into Makassar, a city of just over 2 million people, on Wednesday evening in the midst of a rain storm...at least it was warm! Fortunately we woke up to a really nice sunny morning so obviously we brought the sun from Bali. The feel of this bustling city differed greatly to that of Bali in that this is more of a working city, not a holiday destination. We did not encounter any other tourists or foreigners during the entire morning/afternoon whilst we roamed around the city. English is not...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Of rice and death

There was an audible intake of breath as the pall bearers lost their hold on the coffin as it jammed in the entrance to the pagoda and almost went tumbling to the ground. In the four days I've been here in Tana Toraja, a stunningly picturesque region of Southern Sulawesi, I've attended two funerals. Weirdly, they are the principal tourist attraction here and the local people welcome outsiders. Like the ethnic people of Flores, the Toraja are a fusion of animist and Christian. The Dutch, like so many other misguided colonial powers,...

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Six months in Asia

Jan 18, 2010 - Sulawesi, Tana Toraja

The blond curly haired guy, mid-twenties, walks across from the bus bay opening of the covered Makassar bus station to the bench where I am sitting on the right hand side: “Water is 4.000 rupees”, he says in Dutch to the slightly Indonesian looking guy on the left, while he sits himself between us. He is wearing a thin purplish shirt and an almost indecently thin rainbow striped pair of trousers with a hint of a flare; are these the seventies again? “So where are you guys headed?“, I ask, continuing in Dutch, when the other guy has left to...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Off the beaten track...

Finally we got the flight .We spent 5 or 6 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Makassar ( Sulawesi ). At Makassar airport we met a local guy who was speaking a really good French. He drop us to the pier, at the Pelni desk exactly. Guys were really friendly . I think as the way they looked at me, they were not use to see European blond girl… Once more we have been lucky as there was a boat in the evening to Larantuka which is the further east city of Flores. We took the cheapest ticket ( Economic class) after hesitating with the cab ( which was 6x...

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