A Magical Place

Out of all the places I’ve visited I would have to say Danau Toba, which translates to Lake Toba, remains my favorite place in Indonesia. After a super volcano erupted and caved in on itself, 70,000 years ago, it created a magnificent lake with an island in the middle of it, named Samosir. It is the biggest volcanic lake in South East Asia and the second biggest in the world. It is so big it looks like the sea, except it sits so still and glistens when the light hits it. I fell in love as soon as I landed on this little island and glanced out onto the lake. We were told you can swim in it, but part of me didn’t want to disturb the peace of the water, reflecting the mountains above it. However, it is very hard to resist. read more

Food is Culture

My friend once said ‘food is the way to see the world’ and I couldn’t agree more. Everywhere you travel you try something different. Indonesia is famous for its Nasi Goreng, which translates to fried rice. However, if you look deeper you will find that each city has its own traditional dish and here in Makassar you can find many. Two of the most famous dishes from Makassar are mouth-watering soups, one of which is called Pallubasa. Pallubasa is a soup that makes you crave more just from the smell. It has chunks of tender buffalo stewed in a peppery soup with fried coconut. It’s so delicious it’s impossible not to order more. The most popular Pallubasa is on Jalan Serigala. The restaurant, like most, has aread more

Celebrating the Dead

Toraja has a very unique culture, as it focuses around death. People save their entire life for funerals because, for Torajans, it is a celebration of life. When a person dies it is their time to leave earth so they can enter heaven. This celebration can take place a week after someone has passed away or ten years after, meaning a body can be kept in one room for ten years before it’s buried. Families treat a dead body like it is still alive, but very sick, until they have enough money to hold a funeral. They lay the dead body in a room, fully dressed and continue to bring food and water to it, as an offering. This death culture may make the place seem grim and depressing but it is the complete opposite. When I first went to Toraja, with my friends, I had an experience that I wanted to share with everyone thatread more