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... the forest, adding an eerie shimmer to the trees. We were hoping to get a glimpse of the indigenous monkeys, but the best we got were a few monkey calls in the distance. (The only time we actually did see a monkey was on the drive back; it was just casually sitting in the middle of the road, minding its own business until we came roaring along, at which point it quickly scarpered into the safety of the forest).
Back on the campus we were treated ...
... who prepared all this delicious food. Just below on the next level is a galley just for the crew. It was mentioned that 2000 lbs of rice (uncooked weight) are consumed every week all prepared by a special crew galley team. Most impressive was seeing how clean the entire galley was and imagining the effort it takes to prepare all the hot food which must be destroyed after 4 hours.
Until Surabaya our last Indo port of ...
... under the sun that was gaudy and tacky. It's was a sweltering furnace with less air than Everest. Every stall holder wanted us to take a photo of them and their stall. we where greeted at every turn by big smiles and giggles. Extremely friendly but claustrophobic beyond belief. The place was huge and we where starting to wonder if we would ever find our way out again. Then We saw a bright light shining through a tiny gap between two stalls. We popped our heads through and ...
... stranger than fiction. Isolated geographically by mountainous terrain and culturally by their proud sense of identity, Islam never penetrated much up here. Some say it's because the Torajans like to eat pigs and drink alcohol. The Dutch conquered it militarily and the Christian missionaries poured in on their heels as they are wont to do, but the old animist beliefs are alive and well under the veneer. The Torajans believe you can take your wealth into ...
the deceased to have been dead for many months and kept at home with
the family in a special room set aside for the purpose. Visitors to
the home would be expected to include the body in conversations
during their visit and when enough money had been saved, usually
after the rice harvest, the elaborate funeral would take place.
rites are brutal and captivating culminating on the fourth day in a