Browsing Archives of Author »Asha Tanna«

Palm reading, Batik painting and spa

November 21, 2014

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My night out on the tiles ruined me. This year has been a rather sober one and I have clearly lost my capacity to bounce back from hangovers. The morning after started sloooow and the day did not really improve until my first drink in the evening. I’m in the beautiful, hip and cool town […]

Bali – fat Russians and a pink wig

November 19, 2014

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The Northerner described Kuta to me as “Satan’s armpit”. I’m here with Scrat and it really isn’t that bad. Probably because it is off season. We’ve spent two days enjoying the sun, scoffing great grub, street food from the night market as well as visiting a spit-and-saw-dust joint with some of the best seafood I’ve […]

Last Day

November 16, 2014

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I was very sad to leave camp. I have met some extraordinary people and it was fantastic to see another forest in another continent. On my last day I followed one of the management team into the forest along with a new intern for a lesson on navigation. The forest can be a very confusing […]

King Louie and the swingers

November 15, 2014

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To be able to see one wild species of ape is a privilege but to see two species (orangutans and gibbons) would be like all my Christmases had come at once. The alarm went off at 4am and I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stretched as best as I could in my small […]

Fish!!

November 15, 2014

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Camp is delightful! It has a wonderful simple charm while still being pretty modern compared to other field stations. The “mansion” as it’s been christened, is raised above the ground with wooden boardwalks linking the main house to the kitchen and other areas. Camp is all wood with a tin roof and few glass windows, […]

Kalimantan Peat Swamp Forest, OuTrop

November 15, 2014

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After booking flights to Bali and a quick trip to the supermarket. Scrat and I loaded up our stuff together with two other researchers at the town house and waited for the bemo. Bemos are local buses that look like mini vans. Ours was driven by a man in his 70s. He’s married to a […]

Jakarta – the smell of burning trash

November 9, 2014

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That was the reaction of my well-travelled mate B in Bozeman. There is no doubt this city has a bad rep. I’ve not heard anything nice about Jakarta, so when I landed yesterday I was filled with apprehension but curiosity too. “How bad can it be?” I thought. If you’ve been to India, then Jakarta […]

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