Category Archives: indonesia

THE TASTE OF PIG by Peter Nolan Smith

My great-grandaunt Bert circumnavigated the world on her father’s 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 father’s 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 tourist’s 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 […]

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. […]

FROM BIAK TO MEDAN by Peter Nolan Smith on Kindle

FROM BIAK TO MEDAN covers my travels from Indonesia’s Irian Jaya to Sumatra in 1991. It was time was before cellphones and ATM. My modes of transport were tramp liners, jets, prop planes, horses, motorbikes, trains and buses. I was a ‘mistah’, but soon learned enough Bahasa Indonesian to know that ‘angin’ was dog and […]