LITERARY REFERENCES…

Borneo, the land of many of Joseph Conrad’s books, most notably “Lord Jim”. I do not know what to expect exactly, but we are heading towards a little town on the border of a river which we will have to sail on a local boat to go to the National Park where they retrain orang-utans to re-introduce them in the … Continua a leggere

BARONG AND UMBRELLAS…

Bali cannot be described in few words: this time we are not in front of a simple, primitive culture, but rather of a very complex, ancient society, whose culture is the result of continuous contact with nearby civilizations, expecially India but also China, from where the Balinese people apparently came in the first place. Very different, Bali, also from nearby … Continua a leggere

VOLCANOES AND SMILES!

Two things of which there is no shortage in Indonesia: not only the islands are obviously of volcanic origin, but there are several active ones as well: yesterday we anchored at the foot of one, a 3000-meter high mountain, just in front of a tiny fishermen’s village. We went ashore with the dinghy, zigzagging around fishing boats of all shapes, … Continua a leggere

RUPIAS AND DRAGONS…

After a 500-mile passage mostly done under engine, we reached Kupang on the island of Timor, our port of entry into Indonesia. “Port” is not the more appropriate word though: we anchored in front of the town, along a straight shoreline which is giving little shelter and the chop is quite annoying. After having performed all formalities, which were more … Continua a leggere

AUSTRALIAN SUMMARY?…

short footer So, how was Australia?? I do not believe I can really draw any conclusion: the country is huge, distances between highlights are considerable, and we visited only the coastline of the remotest and less-inhabited part of the country, we did not visit any of the major towns. Mackay, the new frontier: coal mines and sugarcane, high wages and … Continua a leggere

THE CROC’S LAST WORD…

After having sailed along nearly one third of Australian coast without spotting a single dangerous beast, it is unavoidable to start thinking that there is a lot of exaggeration (although we do not forget the croc spotted by Stargazer in Morris island the day after we walked on the same beach…). Then, just on the day before our departure, we … Continua a leggere