Ten tips for backcountry hiking in Indonesia

All right, maties. Listen close and Buckaroo Rob will take you on a journey up and down mountains, treading across rivers, shivering in the cold of the mountain breeze. So you want to go it alone? Well, he’s got a few suggestions for you. Pay attention now, so you don’t get burned. Buy a tent.…

I found love for cold showers in a hopelessly hot place

My mom thinks I’m a masochist. I don’t call home often, but when I do she invariably asks how I’m handling the cold shower situation. “I think about you every time I use hot water,” she promises. Bathing without  steaming-hot water — a non-existent luxury in most of Indonesia — is unfathomable for her. But showering…