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March 11, 2011 – 7:21 pm

I admit it. This picture was taken a few years ago, but I think I still look vaguely like that. Depends on the day (and the time of day). And today, just before I uploaded this picture, an Indonesian English student told me how much she liked my nose. I heard that a lot in Indonesia. Apparently, a large nose like mine is a good …

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17 – The Coast Road and a Construction Camp

August 12, 2018 – 9:13 am
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Sunday August 12, 2018
6:20 a.m. Ramshackle Room up the stairs at the Wisma Dian
Sigli, Sumatra
(100,000 rupiah per night; big room, two single beds with hard wood frames and hard mats; junky table; plastic stool; no sheets or blankets but supplied towels; private bathroom with occasional water flow; very dirty)
The skies looked perfect when I woke up in Banda Aceh for my planned departure. The owners …

16 – Rain and More Rain in Banda Aceh

August 9, 2018 – 9:23 pm
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Thursday August 9, 2018
4:30 a.m. Griya Arida Hotel
Banda Aceh, Sumatra
The plan is to get back on my bike this morning and head out of town. I’m still drawn a little bit to the paradise tourist island of Pulau Weh, but unless I get a sudden irresistible urge, I don’t think I will be going there. But you never know.
I was just sitting here considering my …

15 – Return to Banda Aceh

August 8, 2018 – 7:52 pm
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Wednesday August 8, 2018
6:15 a.m. Room in the House, Griya Arida
Banda Aceh, Sumatra
My time in Kuala Lumpur passed easily. I ran some errands, met up with some friends, and bought a couple of items for my bike. Then it was time to head to the airport to catch my flight back to Banda Aceh. The flight went smoothly, though my arrival at the airport was …

14 – Short Trip to Kuala Lumpur

August 5, 2018 – 7:48 pm
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Sunday August 5, 2018
7:00 a.m. Room 216, Rain Forest Hotel
Chinatown District, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
45 ringgit per night ($11 US) – shared bath, air con, WiFi, clean, modern, professional staff, great place
I never was able to fully relax in the coffee shop at the airport in Banda Aceh. I kept wondering when immigration would open. I wondered if maybe I was at the wrong part of …

13 – The Griya Arida Hotel in Banda Aceh

August 3, 2018 – 5:39 pm
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10:30 a.m.
Room 102, Hotel Griya Arida
Banda Aceh, Sumatra
Well, I am relaxing in luxury. Luxury, I tells ya.
I ended up booking a room at a place that would normally be quite outside my budget. But I started with the thought that my dirty, horrible hovel at the beach cost 200,000 rupiah. That was my starting point. And while I was investigating hotels near the bus station …

12 – Beautiful Lampuuk Beach Near Banda Aceh

August 2, 2018 – 3:55 pm
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Yesterday was a pretty relaxing day. I needed to do some preparations for my trip to Kuala Lumpur. Nothing major, but I have to do a bit of planning to make sure that I bring everything with me that I need. And my clothing was very smelly. I didn’t want to inflict my funk on people at the airport, so I needed to do some …

11 – Beach Life

August 1, 2018 – 11:59 am
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Thursday August 2, 2018
3:45 a.m. Room 15, Dian Rana Guesthouse
Beach area outside of Banda Aceh
It is far too early to be up doing this, especially as I am not going anywhere today. I’m staying put here at the Dian Rana. But I woke up, and my brain started turning over, and I couldn’t get back to sleep. So I figured I might as well go …

10 – Lost in a Losmen in Lamno

July 30, 2018 – 11:11 pm
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Monday July 30, 2018
4:00 a.m. Room 205B, Khana Hotel
Calang, Aceh Jaya, Sumatra
It hardly seems possible, but I woke up to the sound of a heavy rain falling. I’ve lost count of the days that this rain has lasted. It’s strange to think it, but counting the hours doesn’t even make sense. With a normal rain storm, you’d say it lasted twenty minutes. A really bad …