Although there is some debate as to how demographics are measured here, Indonesia is generally recognized as the world’s largest Muslim nation. So to many, it might come as some surprise that the country boasts one of Buddhism’s most significant architectural achievements: breathtaking Borobudur.

Borobudur, constructed in the 8th century,  has often been described as the world’s largest Continue…

Thomas’ Birthday, the Clock Keeps Ticking

Wow, 42!!! I didn’t know the proverbial clock could tick that long. You’re almost as old as that rickety orangutan in our last video. Well, don’t worry, with age comes life experience. You’ve seen it all and done it all – unfortunately, at your age, you just can’t remember most of it. No problem, there’s always this blog to show you all the great things you’ve done.

Happy birthday, old man, here’s to all the adventures yet to come.

Becky’s Great Adventure

Arrogant old fogies, Thomas and I, often sit around complaining about how young twenty-somethings no longer know how to travel. These young’uns don’t know how to have a good adventure anymore, we grumble to ourselves.

And then suddenly, somewhere around Derawan, along comes Becky to prove us completely wrong. Adventurous souls still exist and Becky is their queen.

About nine months ago, in the 12 Bar Blue in Cairns Australia, British Becky was talking to a friend about nature’s greatest creation, the Great Barrier Reef. When the topic turned to man’s greatest creation, it was decided that that had to be the pyramids at Giza outside Cairo.

Suddenly, Becky, who had perhaps had a little too much to drink, stumbled upon the brilliant idea of traveling from Cairns to Cairo over land and water without taking a single flight. Her friends countered that such a trip was impossible Continue…

The Orangutan Experience

The moment I left the mountain gorillas in what was then called Zaire, I knew that Thomas and I would one day track wild orangutans in Borneo. (Great apes are the holy grail for us wildlife fanatics.) What might have seemed like a distant dream for many people was a very clear series of obstacles for me. Although I was only 24, I had already been to Borneo once and the difficulty and expense of viewing orangutans in the wild had prevented me from seeing them while I was there. As a starving student, I had contented myself with the Semenggoh orangutan rehabilitation center outside Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It was a rewarding visit, but it only served to whet my appetite.

Fast forward two decades and here we are in Kutai National Park situated along the coast of the Indonesian state of East Kalimantan. Kutai National Park is the poster child for Continue…