Category Archives: indonesia

THE TASTE OF PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

My great-grandaunt Bert circumnavigated the world on her fatherís whaling ship in the 1870s. In 1960 National Geographic published a story about her childhood travels and at her 101st birthday the old Yankee lady related tales of the black-toothed betel-nut chewers of Indonesia and tiger hunter in Java. The only two other family member to […]

THE TASTE OF PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

My great-grandaunt Bert circumnavigated the world on her fatherís clipper ship in the 1870s. National Geographic wrote a story about her childhood travels and at the age of 101 she told me about the black-toothed betel-nut chewers of Indonesia. My grand-aunt Marion brought a statue of a bare-breasted Legong dancer from Bali and Uncle Dave […]

ERIN GO BALI by Peter Nolan Smith

My first trip to Bali was in 1990. Kuta Beach was most touristís destination for sea, sun, and fun. Being a pseudo-intellectual I opted for Ubud, an idyllic village of Legong dancers, ornate temples, and quiet evenings, where I rented a small house overlooking an idyllic stream. My house servant made me breakfast in the […]

THE TASTE FOR PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

My great-grandaunt Bert circumnavigated the world on her fatherís whaling ship in the 1870s. In 1960 National Geographic published a story about her childhood travels and at her 10oth birthday party the old Yankee lady related tales of the black-toothed betel-nut chewers of Indonesia and tiger hunter in Java. The only two other family member […]

LOST AT NIGHT by Peter Nolan Smith

In the winter of 1990 I bought a round-the-world ticket from Pan Express in New York. The total cost was $1500 and the travel agency’s gaunt boss helped to arrange the path of my six-month circumnavigation of the globe. “Sir, you are going West.” John had a quaint Indian accent. He was about my age. […]