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Monthly Archives: July 2013

A flavour of home

I’m loving being in Borneo, but a little flavour of home never hurts now and again. 1. Orange juice from the fridge. Cucumber sandwiches. 2. Radio 4 and even The Archers. 3. The Guardian – particularly reading stories about UKIP. Some things never change. 4. Upping my tweet rate to be more in touch with people back home. 5. Planning my photography projects here so as I can share them with friends and family. 6. Good luck cards from loved […]

Differences

It has been a week since I arrived here in Palangkaraya. This is the city where I spend most of my time living out here in Indonesia. I’ve been out to visit the forest camp a couple of times as well. A few things are different out here: 1. Commute to work – hitching a ride on the back of a moped or a tiny minibus (‘bemo’) followed by klotok (long thin boat) along the river, followed by five minute […]

Religion and nature

I’ve opened my hotel room window and drifting through a very hot, dark evening from every direction is a chorus of the evening call to prayer of several imams (or recordings at least as that’s what I understand most of them are these days) on what is the first day of the Ramadhan period of fasting in Indonesia. Having flicked through a copy of the Jakarta Post today, I understand a little more how deeply religion runs through most things […]

Arriving

So, I’ve arrived in Jakarta. It has been a long 24 hours getting here, but I’ve already managed to squeeze in some mini adventures. I sailed through the connection at Kuala Lumpur airport, and enjoyed a 12 minute friendship with a guy called Paul who was moving home from the UK to China, complaining that he never should have left Hong Kong in the first place. I also saw my first bird of the trip – one of the crow […]

Off to Borneo

In the next week or so, I’ll be leaving the UK to move to Borneo, Indonesia for up to a year to work for the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project. I wanted to share a few of the reasons for why I’m going and what I’ll be doing when I’m out there. Why I’m going: 1. Obviously 85% or so of why I’m going to Borneo is to have a good reason to wear this hat. 2. Since a very young […]

The art’s on the wall

Thanks to a lovely close friend I sold my first ever print today. Sure, I made a profit – not a big one but still, it’s money in the bank. But more important than that was the feeling of knowing that one of my photos will be gracing someone’s wall somewhere, reminding them of nature, me and the UK. It’s a privilege to know that people value my art: not so much enough to pay for it but more to […]