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Arriving with the Monsoon: Travels in Indonesia
by Michelle Ong
Indonesia remains one of the most exotic and unfamiliar countries in Southeast Asia to world travelers. The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia comprises a myriad of cultures and languages. Islands separated by a thirty-minute flight boast starkly distinct flora and fauna. Indonesia maintains a casual balance between convenient facilities and stunning scenery, ...more
(first published November 26th 2010)
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This is not the most well-written book. Although it reads like a traveler's journal, it is organized by place, not chronology which is confusing and seems unnatural. I was also disappointed that I never really got to know the author. The whole book is written in first person about her personal experiences yet I never got a good sense of who she was. Maybe this was intentional but it left something missing for me. That all being said, the book wasn't bad. If you want to read about a female living ...more
Indonesia does not necessarily come to mind on places to visit but this book definitely captures beauty of the culture and that the land has to offer. Particularly enjoyed the narrator's experiences with surfing and also being given insight into Indonesia's punk rock scene. Enjoyable, informative, and entertaining travel narrative.