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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – IRIAN JAYA

While staying in Wamena I was fortunate to witness governor elections in Irian Jaya. It took 5hr standing on the back of pickup truck to get to this place. It is political event and tourists usually not allowed even though I had permits to travel that far local police was not so happy seeing foreign guy with camera there. At the end everything worked out and now you can see some pictures how elections in Papua goes. Before politicians makes they’re speeches, running around with spears bows and arrows in hands crowd simulates war situation. After that everybody is fed (mainly potatoes) cooked in traditional way. All that food is delivered by participants shouting, running right in to the middle of crowed and dropping it on the grass. When belly’s are full people sit on the ground and listen what politicians has to say. Amazing scenery indeed.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – BALIEM VALLEY

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – BALIEM VALLEY

Trekking in Baliem valley through rain and sun is an unforgettable thing. You can wonder for days with home-stay in different villages. I choose to explore south east side of valley where Dani and Yali tribes lives. Each tribe has a distinct culture and different language. Houses and people looks similar but there is one sure and interesting way to distinguish between the tribes, from the “Koteka”, or penis gourd, used by the male members. The men of each tribe is cultivating a different style. The Dani use a long, thin Koteka, the Lani use a medium sized, wide cannon-like gourd, and the Yali wear the longest of all.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – WAMENA MARKET

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – PAPUA – WAMENA MARKET

The Wamena Market in Papua is one of  most colorful and exotic markets you can find. Locals from Baliem Valley comes in to Wamena town to sell goods. You can still see people from different tribes, sometimes wearing traditional clothing which means no clothing at all, only the penis guard from which you can distinguish the tribe one belongs.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – SULAWESI -TOGEAN ISLANDS

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – SULAWESI -TOGEAN ISLANDS

Bunch of  small islands in central Sulawesi. Stopped there on the way to Monado thinking to get some rest after Tana Toraja and work on overwhelming amount of pictures I took. So I thought…. Karidiri island I end up on had electricity only from 6PM and it took me 4 days to sort some of them out. Beautiful small island with only 3 resorts which can handle at most 100 people. Calm waters around makes it perfect for snorkeling and diving activities. And that’s what I did during day.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – TANA TORAJA PORTRAITS

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – TANA TORAJA PORTRAITS

While visiting all those weddings and funerals you run across some really interesting characters. So here is faces from Tana Toraja.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – SULAWESI

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – SULAWESI

Indonesia has more than 17 thousand islands, one third is left for nature the rest has some sort of human life going on. Every major Island has something new to offer, different cultures scatters through this huge archipelago. There is no way you can visit it all in your lifetime so what to say about 3month visa you get. None the less I will try to do my best trying to visit some of them without too much rushing. And the first island after Java I visited is Sulawesi, bizarre and beautiful, with an incredible diversity of people, cultures and landscapes. Best to explore it on motorbike just driving around stopping in villages taking a rest in shade of strange shaped roofs of traditional houses and chatting with locals.
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Daily Photo • INDONESIA – JAVA

Daily Photo • INDONESIA – JAVA

With a population of 136 million, it is the world’s most populous island, and one of the most densely populated regions in the world. It is home to 60% of Indonesia’s population. It contains beautiful countryside and filthy cities, tranquil rural scenes and streets congested with traffic. On this trip to Java I visited few cites and enjoyed some of well known tourist attractions. Here is some pictures from Java.
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Daily Photo • LITHUANIA

Daily Photo • LITHUANIA

This is a country I grew up, country with a colorful history, once century’s ago an empire stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea where raw pagan roots mixes with Catholic flavor.  Its natural treasures – forests, lakes and sand dunes found nowhere else makes it worth place to visit.
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Daily Photo • CAMBODIA

Daily Photo • CAMBODIA

Remember reading somewhere about Cambodia and it was described as “Wild East”. After traveling through this country I tend to agree on this description. Major citys like Phnom Penh has wild feeling in them, you can buy anything off the street and the offering tactics they use sometimes becomes tiring indeed but the whole country and it’s people with a history both inspiring and depressing is a place where the future is waiting to be shaped. After month of stay in Cambodia I fell in love with this country even some parts of it left me a little bitter taste. Looking forward of coming back some day…
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Daily Photo • LAOS

Daily Photo • LAOS

Laos is the least developed of the three former French Indochinese states. It is described as “country of 1000 smiles” and no doubt people are laid back and easy going. You need to get of tourist track to see something more interesting and this is easy to do if you can ride motorbike. There is many waterfalls, scenic mountains where you can find tribal villages and even though people in rural areas are camera shy you just need to spend some time hanging around, curious kids will come out and let you snap pictures of them.
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