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We were in Sulawesi in 2016!

Images of Tana Toraja

Images of Tana Toraja

I was a bit scared that the photos of this amazing place would get lost if posted as galleries under each of Chris’s excellent (but rather lengthy) articles about our time there. So here’s a separate post with links to the Tana Toraja photo galleries!     One of the symbols of the Torajan people… Read More

A Countryside Dotted With Ancestors

A Countryside Dotted With Ancestors

Foreign visitors come to Tana Toraja in central Sulawesi for cultural tourism as much as for beautiful mountain scenery. We’ve written about the Torajans’ distinctive architecture and buffalo-centered funerals. Another part of their culture for which Torajans are famous is their burial practices. Until a century ago, the Torajans had a rich variety of ceremonies for… Read More

Houses That Reach for the Sky

Houses That Reach for the Sky

On the seemingly endless bus ride from southern Sulawesi, you know you’ve reached Tana Toraja (Land of the Torajans) when the houses start to look unlike anything that came before. Rectangular wooden houses, set high on pillars, are carved and elaborately painted in shades of black and ochre and are crowned with improbably large curved… Read More

A Ceremonial Send-Off in Tana Toraja

A Ceremonial Send-Off in Tana Toraja

One thing I love about being a vagabond is not knowing when I wake up in the morning what my day will bring. This morning I would not have expected that by midday I’d be sitting 10 feet from a man hacking up a buffalo carcass with a machete while I was politely being served… Read More

Bunaken Life

Bunaken Life

For the past week, we’ve been in snorkelers’ paradise. There are few things that we both love more than swimming over a brightly sunlit reef, gazing at the multicolored corals and fishes below. When the waves are high, the currents are strong, or you see something large or unexpected, it’s exciting. When the sea is… Read More