How smoking saved this man’s life

By Taylor Saia and Amelia Murphy Deep in the jungles of Borneo, a man wearing a Volcom hat and an orangutan-emblazoned t-shirt leans back in his chair and says, “Describe Indonesia in two words.” His name is Erwin. As Lonely Planet Indonesia describes him, he’s “intelligent, well-read, and good company” – but he also holds an…

Survivor: Indonesia — Are we camping or stranded?

It took two hours of motorcycle trekking to get to Gentuma. Upon arrival in the fishing town, we began negotiating with the local fishermen. My friend Greg and I sought passage to and from a nearby island where we would camp. I knew that the fare usually cost $3 per person but that we should…

A day-trip to North Sumatra’s Toba Lake

Covering 1707 square kilometers, Danau Toba is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. In the center of the lake lies Samosir Island, home of the Toba people, one of five Batak tribes native to North Sumatra. With its lush greenery and its relaxed, sleepy atmosphere, Samosir makes…