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Banyuwangi, Java, Indonesia
The blue fire slaves

Ijen is an active volcano in East Java and home to a controversial mining industry. Three major eruptions, some 3500 years ago, created a caldera of 20 kilometres. Standing at a height of 2800 meters, Ijen rose to international fame for having the world’s most sulphuric acid lake.

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Sasak fishermen of Lombok

Kuta beach is transformed by a big fishing festival each February, when hundreds of people rush to Lombok to catch a glimpse of the first nyale. Bau Nyale, which means “to catch the sea…

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Domesticating the Jigokudani snow monkeys

Jigokudani is famous for its large population of Japanese macaques, more commonly referred to as snow monkeys, that arrive in the valley during the winter. During the warmer months of the…

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How I travel the world for $5 per day

People are often of the belief that travelling is unsafe and only possible if you have a decent sum of money in your pocket. A belief that creates a barrier for any potential traveller.…

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Everything will be Oki

The Oki Islands are volcanic in origin, and are the exposed eroded summits of two massive stratovolcanoes dating approximately 500 million years ago to the Tertiary and Quaternary periods.…

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In search of hidden Kyoto

From the north, east and west sides, Kyoto is surrounded by hills, leaving the city’s buildings to spill out in a southerly direction. One evening, a few hours before the arrival of the New…

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Lanyu — Island of the people

There are two famous islands in the south eastern part of Taiwan – Lu Tao which literally means Green Island, and Lan Yu, which translates as Orchid Island. The first is easily accessible,…

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