21 Sep - 23 Sep 2011 Palu

Southeast Asia
Republic of Indonesia
Central Sulawesi
Jalan Raden Saleh 50
Hotel Andalas +62451422332 liza_limarni@yahoo.com
Adequate twin room with attached bathroom (Indonesian bak mandi) and communal balcony for INR 100,000.- or US$ 11.75 per night, including a light breakfast for two.
Beer: 620-ml bottles of ice-cold Bintang Pilsener (c. 4.7 % alc./vol.) from Palu Mitra Utama store (Jalan W. Monginsidi 33) for a reasonable INR 23,200.- or US$ 2.70 per bottle.

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Matt: Discovering an uninvited visitor from the rainforest in my left foot, a nasty blood-mining worm larvae (Cutaneous larvae migrans), which digs under my skin horizontal shafts of about 1 mm in diameter at a speed of c. 10 mm per 24 hours and consulting a medical specialist for dermatology (INR 25,000.- or US$ 2.75 for the consultation plus INR 50,000.- or US$ 5.50 material costs for the cryotherapeutic/antibiotic treatment of my “creeping eruption” with chlorethyl spray) at the modern polyclinic Rsud Undata +62451421270 in Tondo; many thanks, Dr. Nurhidayat, for hunting down, deep-freezing and eventually killing this parasite from the jungle: “Geronimo! - Over and Out”.

Securing two seats in a Mitsubishi express minibus taxi (220 km, 5 ½ hours, INR 80,000.- or US$ 8.85 per person, including the pick-up from the hotel) from New Armada Travel +62451429764 for the rough stretch from Palu to Poso, the main town and port on the northern coast of Central Sulawesi, thus passing many Balinese Hindu villages with their stylish family temples aka puram between Parigi and Maranda, the result of the transmigrasi policy of the 1980s, an attempt to take the pressure off Indonesia's heavily populated areas, particularly Bali, by moving people out to less populated islands like Sulawesi.

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Facing Sulawesi
© Konni & Matt

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