I don’t know where the time goes, but it’s been nearly 3 years since I scaled Mt. Marapi, the most active volcano on the island of Sumatra. My guides and I began our ascent to the top around 11 p.m. and arrived at the summit just before 5 a.m. We watched the sun rise over […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement"
I’m sitting alone in my Brooklyn apartment staring at the plants that died while my room was being sublet, and the pile of clothes that need to be hung up or folded. My parents, who kindly carted me and my belongings back to NYC, are currently somewhere on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as they make their […]Read more "Hurry Up and Wait"
I was just issued my ticket back to the United States and instead of the originally proposed one night stay in a Singapore hotel prior to a direct flight to Michigan, I will instead be enduring a marathon of travel that will take me from Sumatra to Jakarta to Japan to Detroit and finally to […]Read more "Long Layovers=Mini Adventures?"
The challenge this week called for a photo of things or people grouped together. I have chosen to share one photo depicting people and one depicting things. The first captures two of the students at the special needs school where I volunteer. They are always together and when they saw me pull out my iPhone to take […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Together"
This photo was taken in the small mountain farming village of Cemoro Lewang in Bromo-Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java during my holiday travels of December 2011/January 2012. It was early morning, around 6 a.m. and I had just run down from a nearby viewing point after seeing the sun rise over the park’s […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Two Subjects"
Sometimes things just fall into place. In this way my plan to climb Mt. Marapi came to fruition. After my recent visit to Bukittinggi, I contacted a local guide, Fikar, about climbing Sumatra’s “Fire Mountain.” He informed me that guides weren’t taking tourists up the mountain but said it was safe and still possible for […]Read more "Climb of a lifetime: Mt. Marapi, West Sumatra"
“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson I like to think that I’ve lived out the words of Mr. Emerson during my time in Sumatra by taking every opportunity to live in this sunshine, swim the seas surrounding these islands and drink deeply of the truly wild […]Read more "In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson"