There was a point when, covered in leeches and limping off a volcano, layered in mud from head-to-toe, that Gordon realised remote jungle trekking wasn't such a good idea after all.
Author: Gordon Alexander
Publisher: Independently Published
There was a point when, covered in leeches and limping off a volcano, layered in mud from head-to-toe, that Gordon realised remote jungle trekking wasn't such a good idea after all. Join him for some laugh-out-loud moments as he island-hops across Indonesia.From Sumbawa's Mount Tambora, the home of the largest eruption in human history, to Krakatoa, the creator of the loudest sound ever heard by modern man, Gordon works his way across the country, taking in some of the most remarkable, beautiful and downright scary places on Earth.
This book could not have been done without Harriet Garth, who never said no: not to terrorism, volcanoes, jungles, Avian Flu, canopy walks, Komodo Dragons, crocodiles, leeches, fifty-five-hour plane rides, cat-shit coffee or anything ...
Author: Jay Cowan
Publisher: Monsoon Books
With “In the Land of Living Dangerously”, an adventure travelogue set in Indonesia, author Jay Cowan explores myriad issues experienced during his travels in the Indonesian archipelago from culture and history to politics and anthropology, from exotic endemic wildlife and huge environmental challenges to one-on-one encounters with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, the natural disasters that keep the region in the news. Cowan and his wife climbed 13,500-foot Mount Kinabalu, took river trips deep into the interior of Borneo, were on-site for the huge eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano in Java, got a close-up view of Indonesia’s infamous corruption in Bali and witnessed radical Islamic terrorist activities that have rocked the region — all while trying to avoid getting bird flu, dengue fever, malaria, Bali belly and a variety of other brutal tropical diseases that run rampant in the area and are now focal points for battles over who controls the viruses and their potential vaccines. As well as getting up close and personal with Indonesia’s famous Komodo dragons, the author tracked down other seriously endangered species in their native habitats including orangutans, pygmy elephants, tarsiers, giant yellow-lipped clams, proboscis monkeys, mouse deer and several dozen more imperiled species of animals and birds. This exciting and informative travelogue also includes discussions of US President Obama’s childhood in Java, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visits to the area, a plane ride with Indonesia’s then-Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, and an interview by the author with the Foreign Minister of China on a beach in Bali.
Chapter 8 Bali One of the smallest, but perhaps most extraordinary, of the islands in the Indonesian archipelago is the recently famous Bali, a cluster of high volcanoes, their craters studded with serene lakes set in dark forests ...
Author: Thomas D'Agnes
Raised in a Greek immigrant family amid New Englands industrial decline, Manny Voulgaropoulos wanted to explore exotic places. His ticket to adventure was medical school in Belgium, where he learned how Belgiums colonization of the Congo exploited its indigenous people. His medical training, originally a passport to travel the world, became his means to alleviate suffering of poor and underprivileged people. A serendipitous meeting with Tom Dooley, the Jungle Doctor, brought him to Kratie, Cambodia in 1958 as the Indochina war was brewing. In Kratie Manny was the Great White Doctor treating hundreds every day just as Tom Dooley had done. After repeatedly seeing the same people with the same diseases, Manny realized that Kraties people didnt need a jungle doctor. They needed preventive medicine and public health delivered by Cambodians for Cambodians. These lessons molded Mannys professional philosophy in a career spanning four decades. From the pinnacle of academia at the University of Hawaii to the zenith of international public health leading USAID health programs in Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Manny Voulgaropoulos emphasized public health and preventive medicine; and instilled his host country colleagues with the confidence to take control of their health programs and their destinies.