Monthly Archives: November 2013


“You’ve done a fantastic job with this baby, I’m so proud of you!” Barbara Bertner, Mother. “A reals good story” – Sir Francis Quincy Adams III, hot dog vendor “(You’re) a(n)…human being…doing…some real…good…in the world” – Margaret Atwood, author. Taken … Continue reading


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First introductions

There is really only one guesthouse in Kersik Tuo, the village at the foothills of Gunung Kerinci. Technically there are actually 3 or 4 but only one is recommended in Lonely planet guide and so naturally everyone winds up there. … Continue reading

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Nothing cures like a good pitcher

A few days have passed and the memories of the cold, wet, leech filled nights and the nightmares they engendered are becoming less vivid. A lovely short hike with mercifully cooperative weather to Danau Gunung Tujuh (7 mountains lake) has … Continue reading

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Some sort of beginning

Having somehow convinced the guesthouse owner in the dead of night to drive me in the driving rain up to the foot of the mountain, I soon found myself on the back of his motorbike, poncho flapping in the wind, … Continue reading

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