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Ketchikan’s totem poles

Four weeks after Ferda and I were learning about cemeteries in Tana Toraja, we found ourselves in Ketchikan learning about totem poles.  Totem poles are not for religion, and they’re not worshiped.  They’re built to tell stories.  Just as stories … Continue reading

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A short layover in İstanbul

İstanbul — what a fun city to visit!  This time it was only for a few hours during a (rather long) layover on our flight from Makassar to Antalya.  A friend recently had a six-hour layover in İstanbul (from the … Continue reading

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A little more Wakatobi snorkeling and giant clams near Kendari

After such a brilliant time on Pulau Tomia, we knew to have lower expectations for Wanci (aka Wangiwangi, the “Wa” of Wakatobi).  The best snorkeling was supposed to be north of the city at Sombu so we headed there the … Continue reading

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Boat excursions from Palau Tomia: Pulau Sawa and Kolla Soha

I was planning on only writing one blog about Pulau Tomia, but really that island was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever visited.  As I said in another post, my main goal of coming to Southeast Sulawesi was … Continue reading

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Pulau Tomia — a snorkeler’s paradise in the Banda Sea

There’s a lot of hype about Wakatobi.  I suppose it started when Jacques Cousteau said that Wakatobi is “probably the finest diving site in the world”.  However, with hype comes high expectations.  My high expectations were slightly tempered by knowing … Continue reading

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