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Indonesian Food Cheat-Sheet: Tips & Translations For First-Timers

Mie Goreng Ayam

Indonesian food can be summed up in two words: delicious and inexpensive. Whether street food or actual restaurant, whether on Sumatra, Java, or somewhere further east, it is pretty hard to go wrong in this culinary country. I’ve eaten some amazing meals that cost only 15,000 rupiah ($1.50 USD) yet have left me so stuffed … Read More

The Amazing Batik Art Of Indonesia (And How It’s Made!)

Beautiful batik art in Indonesia

Colorful patterns. Intricate designs. Vivid landscapes. One of the most iconic things about Indonesian culture is the batik art and batik clothing. It is also an important part of the country’s history. So of course while I was exploring Indonesia on motorcycle of course I had to pause in Yogyakarta briefly to attend a week … Read More

Deported Because Of A Tweet: My Immigration Horror Story

I'm A Bad Tweeter

As I type this I am locked in a cell in an Indonesian detention center. Why you may ask? Surely someone who has been traveling the world for five years is smart enough not to get himself deported. Well, apparently I am not. However rather than being deported for some heinous act, like smuggling or … Read More