A day in the life of Palembang: Kemaro Island

On March 12 Indonesia celebrated Hari Raya Nyepi — the Balinese “Day of Silence” — a national public holiday. My campus was completely empty because of the occasion, save for the friendly security guard keeping post at the school’s front gate. To pass the time, I hired an ojek — a motorcycle taxi — for the day to take…

A day in the life of Palembang: Musi River

On March 12 Indonesia celebrated Hari Raya Nyepi — the Balinese “Day of Silence” — a national public holiday. My campus was completely empty because of the occasion, save for the friendly security guard keeping post at the school’s front gate. To pass the time, I hired an ojek — a motorcycle taxi — for the…