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December 30, 2013

Outdoor camping at Danau Toba Sumatra Indonesia

by kaiconfusion

 Outdoor camping – bushcraft – survival trip at lake Toba in Sumatra Indonesia making road-kill into bush-food

We had much more footage of the trip but unfortunately got our second camera stolen by some Indonesian Kids,
so this is just an just excerpt of our trip and our outdoor activities.

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Wild edibles – Bush tucker

I am very much into survival and bushcraft trips as opposed to going on a camping trip overly well equipped with all the expensive gear that outdoor stores have to offer. I also try to reduce weight in provisions so every time I do go for a trip, I am looking out for wild edible foods. Survivalists are opportunists and so have been our ancestors.
Being an opportunist is and always has been a smart effective and sustainable way of life.This time we found and collected Lucina leaves, Lemon grass, harvested a banana tree of which we not only eat the bananas cooked in hot ashes but also the centre of the trunk and made use of the leaves for cooking.
We also found and collected  bush nuts and bush passion fruits.
This time and my first time too, we found a road kill. A snake that got rolled over by a car. It must have happened just shortly before we found it. Well, it took the three of us, some minutes to consider but I decided to take it after all.
I chopped of the head, wrapped up in a banana leaf package and off we went… To cook it later that day.


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November 20, 2012

Lake Toba – Sumatra Indonesia – a photo perspective

by kaiconfusion

A photographic journey of our travels at amazing lake Toba Sumatra Indonesia





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October 28, 2012

Danau Maninjau – Sumatra Indonesia – Photographic Journal

by kaiconfusion

A photographic collection of impressions from our Indonesia journey in Sumatra at Lake Maninjau near Bukittinggi.
Pollution has left its toll on the lake but the scenery is still breathtaking.

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Lake Maninjau (Danau Maninjau) is one of the worlds most imposing lakes with a volcanic origin. It is an impressive site and an incredible imagination that lake Maninjau is in fact a volcano crater that over time has filled up with water. In comparison to Lake Toba (Danau Toba) the worlds biggest volcanic lake also in Sumatra, lake Maninjau is lake Tobas small brother featuring a more comprehensible size. Here one can still grasp the size and believe that it is indeed a volcano crater.
The beauty of the scenery and the quality of the water has sadly been spoiled due to heavy pollution by the locals. The water of the lake isn’t  clean especially for a remote huge lake that lake Maninjau is. Fish farms have been established in large quantities and overfishing and a growing need for money should be the reasons for that. The introduction of plastic products and chemicals in detergents, lack of sewage systems, pesticides for farming and other things, into an environment that had largely been living self-sufficient comes with price for the environment and for the people. With little knowledge, money and only few facilities for the disposal of garbage and waste water, garbage is burned and the remnants washed back into the lake. Everything is bound to end up in the lake! The burning of plastic quickly becomes apparent to every traveller in Indonesia as it is common daily practise in nearly every household outside of the city. Even though there aren’t so many people but since there are plastic fires smouldering nearly non stop in combination with the pollution of the traffic, the air in Sumatra has become really terrible and must be a real health hazard for Indonesian people!
It seems as if the lake Maninjau and that might be true for the entire Sumatra island, will have to endure heavy pollution and destruction just as so many other places in Asia too, before people will understand that they are only hurting themselves .
It is sad to see, though I don’t think the locals are to blame to harshly. Many of them still don’t know better and they have to fight for their survival everyday. It is us that could try to support them, not having to make the same mistakes that others already did, with all that hardship related to it.
Nevertheless Sumatras unique wilderness and natural beauty is still present and for us and for all living creatures to enjoy and to protect!

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September 9, 2012

Four Berliners off to Sumatra!

by kaiconfusion

Today we are off to Sumatra in Indonesia, which is the 6th largest island of the world, to head to a truly
magical place a super volcano and in the same time the worlds biggest volcanic lake…

Babe and Danny both friends from Home have joined us for this trip!
Babe arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 3rd of September. She had a terrible flight!
Her plane had to returned after 3 hours flight over the Indian ocean, back to the airport with
technical problems! What a nightmare! Kathie left Melaka in the morning to surprise her at the KL airport.
They went to an island off the west coast of Malaysia called Pulau Pankor for a few days.
Danny is travelling around  Asia since March and he had visit us a few weeks ago in Tacomapai already.
He has also visited Panya for a course in Food Forestry here is a video from his BLOG.

Across the channel by ferry, probably more than 20 hours of sitting in a bus a head of us…
We are all in great excitement and anticipation of this magnificent place I have visited before
on my trip in 2007 and that I had fallen deeply in love with called Danau Toba!


An amazing band I want to show you!  #Mother Falcon# – from Austin…


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