Title: Really Out There Experience (Indonesia)

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The Next Adventure - 07/Jul/2010 12:45 - 5070 days ago
Well with less than two weeks to go before I set off for my second placement I have found time to set up my next blog. If you wi...
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Time to go home .. Time for reflection - 26/May/2010 14:59 - 5112 days ago
20 May 2010As I am about to exitIndonesiaI though it was important to think about what I will miss and what I will gladly leave ...
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Long ferry journey - 26/May/2010 14:54 - 5112 days ago
14– 16 May 2010The earliest I could get a plane fromSumbawas 21 May so I decided to take theferry, so after 6 hours on a bus I...
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Ikat - 26/May/2010 14:38 - 5112 days ago
Ikat is a form of weaving where a resistdyeing process similar to tie-dying is used on either the warp or weft fibres prior to t...
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Sumba - 26/May/2010 14:08 - 5112 days ago
6– 14 May 2010I had a great time in East Sumba and had just started to explore West Sumba when I received an email from VSO of...
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Return to Rote - 26/May/2010 14:07 - 5112 days ago
27 April– 4 May 2010I decided to go back to Rote whilst I waited the decision on my visa extension. Chilpa had kindly offered ...
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Visa Extension - 23/May/2010 21:13 - 5115 days ago
Since February this year it has been possible to extend the visa on arrival by a farther 30 days– but this means hanging aroun...
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Alor - 11/May/2010 07:05 - 5127 days ago
20– 22 April 2010 I exitedFloresfrom Ende after a three hour delay due to torrential rain and strong winds which made...
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Riung - 11/May/2010 06:58 - 5127 days ago
16– 18 April 2010 It took me two days of travelling to get from Labuan Bajo to Riung which is on the north coast ofFl...
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Riung - 11/May/2010 06:56 - 5127 days ago
16– 18 April 2010 It took me two days of travelling to get from Labuan Bajo to Riung which is on the north coast ofFl...
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Riung - 11/May/2010 06:51 - 5127 days ago
16– 18 April 2010 It took me two days of travelling to get from Labuan Bajo to Riung which is on the north coast ofFl...
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Labuan Bajo - 22/Apr/2010 10:02 - 5146 days ago
10– 14 April 2010 I took the slow ferry from Sape to Labuan Bajo– 8 hours. I had sinusitis so was not at my bes...
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Sumbawa - 19/Apr/2010 19:40 - 5149 days ago
9 April 2010 I had wanted to fly direct to Labuan Bajo on the western tip of Flores– which is the place to get boats ...
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Kuala Lumpa - Malaysia - 19/Apr/2010 19:39 - 5149 days ago
2– 7 April 2010 The Malaysian F1 Grand Prix was timed perfectly to fit in with the need to renew my visa forIndonesia...
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Jakarta - 19/Apr/2010 18:46 - 5149 days ago
31 March– 1 April 2010 After a couple of days in Yogyakarta I travelled toJakartato stay with Dr Justine and her fami...
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Surabaya - 19/Apr/2010 03:50 - 5149 days ago
26– 28 March 2010 I travelled fromMalangtoSurabayaby economy train 4,500Rp (30p) for a 4 hour journey. This was even ...
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Malang - 19/Apr/2010 03:27 - 5149 days ago
23– 25 March 2010 Travelling toMalangby public bus got me off the tourist route again. The public bus was great fun a...
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Gunung Bromo - 26/Mar/2010 03:31 - 5173 days ago
21 - 22 March 2010Well I expected to arrive in Cemoro Lawang on the edge of the crater overlooking Gunung Bromo yesterday but my...
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Bali barat - 24/Mar/2010 13:20 - 5175 days ago
17– 19 Maret 2010 Travelling the day after Nyepi was not the brightest idea the roads were very busy with people head...
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Ubud for Nyepi - 24/Mar/2010 13:19 - 5175 days ago
15– 16 March 2010 For details of Nyepi read entries for March 2009 earlier in my blog. This year the ogoh-ogoh (...
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Lovina - 24/Mar/2010 12:44 - 5175 days ago
11– 14 March 2010 Lovina is an area in the north ofBaliconsisting of several villages along the main road. It has a n...
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Singapore - visa run - 17/Mar/2010 02:04 - 5182 days ago
5-6 March 2010My contract with VSO ended as I was unable to extend my visa to work in Indonesia due to issues with the Memorandu...
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Finishing my contract with VSO - 17/Mar/2010 01:50 - 5182 days ago
The next few days were spent sorting out the final end of placement issues with VSO and putting my luggage into storage at the o...
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Farewell to Rote - 17/Mar/2010 01:32 - 5182 days ago
26 February 2010Today was spent giving away things that John did not want and I could not afford to or did not need to send back...
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Farewwell party - 16/Mar/2010 23:40 - 5183 days ago
25 February 2010 Today saw most of the nurses working in and around the hospital kitchen preparing food for my leaving part...
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Another party - 16/Mar/2010 14:46 - 5183 days ago
22 February 2010 Tonight saw yet another party this time for Om Jek’s kakak (older brother). More speeches, eating, d...
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Exploring further - 16/Mar/2010 14:25 - 5183 days ago
21 February 2010Today I again set off across the island from north to south taking random right and left turns and had some most...
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Neonatal unit - 16/Mar/2010 08:14 - 5183 days ago
20 February 2010 The new incubator was put to use for the first time today. A premature baby who had been born at home had ...
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Pesta Selamat Ulang Tahun Ferlyn - 16/Mar/2010 08:08 - 5183 days ago
17 February 2010Today is Ferlyn’s 25thbirthday and again she is having a party at the mess. Nixon came over in the afternoon t...
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Jalan-jalan - 16/Mar/2010 07:56 - 5183 days ago
16 February 2010I had borrowed the motorbike to go to the market in the morning so took the opportunity it afforded me to explor...
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Children - 16/Mar/2010 07:22 - 5183 days ago
There are a lot of children who live in the complex and an increasing number have been coming to play on my porch or in the fron...
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Busalangga pasar - 13/Mar/2010 11:21 - 5186 days ago
10 February 2010 Busaalangga has a large market twice a week and I try to go at least once a week as the range of vegetable...
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Tolama - 13/Mar/2010 11:18 - 5186 days ago
8 February 2010 John is still in Kupang– he had been there to do work with Sam on a database for medical records but ...
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Abbreviations - 13/Mar/2010 11:06 - 5186 days ago
Officialdom inIndonesiais full of abbreviations that if you do not know what they are you have very little way of working it out...
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Alcohol - 21/Feb/2010 00:33 - 5206 days ago
Beer is relatively expensive a bottle of Bintang– the only one worth drinking will cost around 25,000 Rp. A 750 cc bottle ...
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RIP Arthur 6 months 1 day - 13/Feb/2010 06:54 - 5214 days ago
3 February 2010After an illness of only 5 days Arthur Leopold Christian died in VIP ward at 14:30. He was the only child of the ...
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Work - 07/Feb/2010 12:52 - 5220 days ago
With my date for leaving rapidly approaching I am finding work spilling over into leisure time as I try to finish all the things...
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Kamar Mandi - 23/Jan/2010 02:16 - 5235 days ago
20 January 2010It has been relatively cool recently as we have had a lot of rain– 5 days with hardly a break in the rain o...
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Kamar Mandi - 23/Jan/2010 01:06 - 5235 days ago
20 January 2010It has been relatively cool recently as we have had a lot of rain– 5 days with hardly a break in the rain o...
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Malaria - 21/Jan/2010 15:02 - 5237 days ago
12 January 2010I had been suffering with a headache for a couple of days but as John had as I well I did not really think anythi...
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Malaria - 17/Jan/2010 10:50 - 5241 days ago
12 January 2010I had been suffering with a headache for a couple of days but so had John so had not really thought anything of i...
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Exchange of Presents - 17/Jan/2010 10:50 - 5241 days ago
All the wards have a gathering sometime around Christmas to exchange gifts. Last year I was invited to the events but not invite...
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Abdurrahman Wahid - 17/Jan/2010 10:50 - 5241 days ago
Sometime over New Year Abdurrahman Wahid died aged 69 years.Wahid, or Gus Dur as he was also known, was part of a prominent and ...
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Natural Resources - 17/Jan/2010 10:50 - 5241 days ago
Rote has some of the most beautiful and peaceful beaches I have ever been on but they are under treat from sand extraction. My t...
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Natural Resources - 02/Jan/2010 09:52 - 5256 days ago
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Road Closed - 02/Jan/2010 09:50 - 5256 days ago
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Christmas - 02/Jan/2010 09:49 - 5256 days ago
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Motorbike Maintenance - 02/Jan/2010 09:46 - 5256 days ago
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Christmas decorations - 02/Jan/2010 09:45 - 5256 days ago
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New beds and other improvements - 02/Jan/2010 09:42 - 5256 days ago
14 December 2009Before I left for my holiday and the study tour new blue curtains were being put up throughout the hospital. On ...
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Study Tour to RSUD Johannes Kupang - 30/Dec/2009 08:54 - 5259 days ago
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Five days travelling for a party - 30/Dec/2009 08:53 - 5259 days ago
1– 6 DecemberThe number of volunteers in Indonesia continues to fall with another group leaving before Christmas. There was at...
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Police Certificate and Bureaucracy as only the Indonesians can do it - 18/Dec/2009 15:22 - 5271 days ago
November and December 2009As part of my clearance for another VSOplacement I need to acquire a police letter of good behaviour...
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Photographs - or lack of them - 11/Dec/2009 07:27 - 5278 days ago
I apologise that I have not added any photographs to the blog for a while. This time it is not due to poor internet access but d...
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Drought - What drought? - 28/Nov/2009 07:59 - 5291 days ago
27 November 2009Well yet again the presshas got it wrong– the last four days we have had at least one rain storm a day and tod...
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Water and Sanitation - 24/Nov/2009 00:15 - 5295 days ago
The local paper‘The Kupang Post’ recently reported problems of inadequate water and sanitation in and around Baa....
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Drought - 23/Nov/2009 04:41 - 5296 days ago
The local paper‘The Kupang Post’ recently reported the impending drought in the region. ‘The Indonesian Bureau of Meteorol...
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Volley Ball - 22/Nov/2009 07:12 - 5297 days ago
19 November 2009Tonight saw the finals of the volley ball contest that hasbeen running for about two weeks. I was invited down t...
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Road Works - 21/Nov/2009 12:39 - 5298 days ago
November 2009On several occasions I havementioned the poor state of the roads inIndonesiaand particularly on Rote. There are the...
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Fishing - 18/Nov/2009 15:08 - 5301 days ago
14 November 2009About 18:00 I had a text message from Octo to say a groupof doctors were going to go fishing tonight and did I w...
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Picnic on the Beach - 04/Nov/2009 05:19 - 5315 days ago
1 November 2009This morning some of the nurses from the mess called round to invite me to a picnic on the beach this afternoon. ...
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Pesta - 31/Oct/2009 15:34 - 5319 days ago
30 October 2009Rote might not have any pubs, night clubs or actually anywhere that opens much after 20:30 but it makes up for th...
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Money - 26/Oct/2009 08:36 - 5324 days ago
The local currency is Rupiah (Rp). Theconversion rate whilst I have been here has varied between about 15,500 and 17,500 Rp to t...
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Soe - 26/Oct/2009 08:27 - 5324 days ago
7– 19 October 2009October has been a month of disappointments. The latest is that John has been told the motorbike he borrowed...
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Jalan-Jalan - 14/Oct/2009 00:14 - 5336 days ago
11 October 2009I decided to try to explore the north of the island today– so far I haveonly gone south and west on the bike. I...
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Is this the end of my dream? - 07/Oct/2009 03:55 - 5343 days ago
30 September 2009 VSO used to work under the auspices of the British Council but for at least the last twelve months VSO ha...
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International Surfing Competition - 28/Sep/2009 04:33 - 5352 days ago
15– 20 September2009Nembrala (Dela) hosted the 2009 International Surfing Competition this week.Seventy-seven surfers came to ...
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Kupang a Weekend of Meetings - 28/Sep/2009 04:28 - 5352 days ago
10– 14 September 2009Many of VSOs health programme volunteers across NTT have been supported by money from GTZ whose programme...
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Ndao– an Island Paradise? - 09/Sep/2009 10:44 - 5371 days ago
4 - 6 September 2009Well normally when I write my blog I can easily select a reasonable number of photographs that sum up the su...
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