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The surfing detective

Now you shall hear how I went from happy surfers to detective during the course of a few hours in Indonesia. It's a pretty long story so it'll be an equally long post but we run.

I arrived in Bali a few weeks ago and not much has happened welling up until now. Bali is a rather overdeveloped destinations. There are tourists in quantities and not much charm, so I went away pretty quickly eastward. East of Bali is another island called Lombok. This island has nowhere near the same mass tourism like Bali and is in my eyes a much better option. In southern Lombok lies a town called Kuta and it is an incredibly beautiful and relaxing place. Activities here involve browsing, Kite-surfning, diving and general beach face-off. The waves are great for surfing, and there are all levels from beginners to professionals. You do not have to queue up in the water but it is pretty empty of people, which is very nice. Anyway, how did I then from surfers to detective.

I spent about a week in Kuta, Lombok and every morning at 8 am for breakfast man jumped on his moped with surfboard in a rack mounted on the side and drove to any surf spot. There is no surfing within walking distance of Kuta so you have to run but there's no problem. You can rent mopeds with Holder dash all over the place. One morning, I went as usual to surf at one of my favorite beaches. On the way there, so I suddenly see a young Indonesian guy sitting on his haunches beside the road and he was waving to me. I stop and he asks if he can get a ride. He is around the age of 20 years. I say I'm going to Selong Belanak (one of the beaches you can surf the) and there he also wants. I say it is fine, he jumps on the moped and we drive for about 30 minutes all the way to the beach and he jumps off the same place as me and thanks for the ride. Selong Belanak is a very beautiful beach, a long beach with clear blue water and white-sand. Such a man shooting when to push postcard.
Selong Belanak

Nice huh? This beach is fairly untouched. There are some small bamboo huts along the beach where you can sit in the shade and next to these is a small temporary restaurant where a nice lady serving fried noodles with chicken at all hungry surfers. When I come to the beach, I always have with me my backpack with some stuff that I usually put in one of the bamboo huts right next to the restaurant so that sensible people have watched it every now and then. In this case do I always have my phone and my wallet because I have a small lock on the zipper that requires a number combination to bring up the. There is no swelling fort knox but it's better than nothing. One can also add that the people in this part of the island exudes an attitude and a way that makes you not worry that things will disappear. Tourists are basically the only source of income here and most of them get their living bread from us, if we would get a bad experience in Lombok, we will not back plus it is actually an island, so it's hard to hide. Anyway, on the beach, I meet two Germans who are also there to surf. They note my lock on the bag and ask if they can place their two purses in my bag instead of leaving them in their bags unlocked. So in the outer compartment of my bag, I place 3 wallets and my cell phone. Let's get down to the water and surf in perhaps 1.5 hours and when I come back to the bag to see it still untouched out. It is completely intact but when I hang up the bag so to my surprise, the two Germans' wallets and my cell phone missing. Oddly enough, my wallet is still in place. At first I get a bit confused because the bag was still locked and untouched. I asked the Germans if they have been inside and poked but they had not ,I had not even told the combination of them. I realize pretty quickly that the guy I drove there has something with this to do but he is obviously missing. I ask around with the locals there, but no one has seen anything of value, it had however noticed that the guy I gave a ride sat very close to my bag for a while but there was no one who knew him. He was probably from some other part of the island.

Priority one is now to get hold of an internet. I myself have a really good spyware on my phone that makes it possible to trace the. However this must be enabled, and I still need a computer with internet access to. Just at this beach, there is not much to the civilization and the fewer internet connections but I managed to get hold of a small guesthouse where I had to borrow a laptop with connectivity. I turned my spyware but it was silent as the grave. The little spark of hope to regain phone died out slowly. In order to get any information from the spyware, the phone must be switched on and have internet contact. I suspect that they probably have turned off the phone, or there is simply no reception where it is now. I say to the Germans that we will probably never get to see either the phone or wallets but block all cards and police reports, maybe you can get something out of insurance. Depressed go home in the afternoon and the next day the Germans leave Indonesia to go home again. No idea to book a few flights when it seemed quite hopeless.
I still continued to watch for a few days after reports without any great expectations but suddenly at around 5 the afternoon arrives suddenly in 5 Each reports by phone. It then works so that every two minutes a report is sent from the phone where you can get a camera image and a position from The GPS. The picture is taken directly without any regard to the angle of the phone lying on a table with the screen down or in a pocket so it just becomes a black image. I have my reports now 5 Images which 4 is completely black but one of them is brilliant in the face of the person holding the phone.
Busted!

I also have a location on your phone that now seems to be in a town about 45 minutes north of Kuta called Praya. Excellent, I think, Banks quickly assembled my computer, runs to the moped and drive straight to the police station. I explain to them that I have a position and a picture of a person who currently has my stolen phone. Local Police in Kuta can not help me much because the phone is pretty far away in another district but they keep giving me directions to the police station in Praya. I drive there, it takes approximately 45 minutes. I arrive at the police station, I received information in Kuta but they can not help me, it is firstly difficult to find someone who can speak English but after having managed to communicate my problem, I get a police escort to the big police station in Praya. Finally arrived, I found out that the chief of police are good at English so he can come in and help. The police chief is unfortunately in the mosque and pray, the story should be added that during this time in Indonesia it was Ramadan is a Muslim holiday that involves fasting for a month and pray more often than usual. Indonesia consists 88% of Muslims, so it is not at all surprising, I sit and await the friendly police chief. After about an hour he'll pop up. I already have a small group of police officers around me. I think I have managed to convey the vesäntliga in history to them because they seem very impressed by my ability to track the phone. I sit in a simple room with my laptop on a wooden table with a bunch of cops around me trying to get an insight into what I'm doing. Police Chief storms in with some of their peers in heels. He's got a quick and vague brief of their kolegor and now he wants to hear the whole story. I explain the whole event for him and that I have a position and a picture of the person who has my mobile right now. It's been a wise time since I received the first report from the phone that I am now sitting in the police station and the current location of the phone has now been changed, that person has moved. The police chief seems fascinated by my ability to be able to track the villain so he gives the command to me. There is not much else going on this particular evening so suddenly I'm sitting with a whole staff of about 20 police officers under my orders via police chief. I give the pictures from the report to the police and ask them to print a few copies on A4 paper. I realize that we have two locations to visit, the first location where the picture was taken and the latest position right now seems to be near the airport. Police chief gives me a cell phone with his own number and storms out with all his men. I am now free to send police after their own orders which I think fits. So I tell them on the phone that we should send a car to the location where the picture was taken and see if there are any witnesses, the rest of the police officers sent to the airport. Said and done, policemen rushing off and I feel like in a computer game.

When the police get rolling, I get a new image from your phone, it is fuzzy but I seem urskillja a wall of phones in the background, it must be a phone deal of some sort and it seems to be the same guy who still has the phone. This is what the picture looks.
Telefonkiosk?

20 minutes later storms it into a dozen police with pictures of the guy in the shop and he must have been quite surprised as he stood behind the counter caught in the act. They'll take the guy and I get back my phone but still is not the pursuit of. This guy is the owner of a phone shop and have namely just purchased the phone from those who stole it. Just hours earlier, he had met the guys at a hotel in town and received the phone introduced to him, it was here that the first picture was taken. There were two young guys who had sold the phone to him and the police thought they could find them here two. Even easier it was when I got the phone back and took a look in the, in the gallery, I found dozens of pictures of the thieves from the night before. They had in fact triumph taking pictures of themselves and then sold the phone without deleting them. In one picture you can see through one of the guys pose with all the money from plånbböckerna.

The police say they will get hold of the guys in the night, I do not know how, maybe they got some information of the guy who bought the phone or if they might recognize some of the images. Anyway, I returned to the hotel to sleep for a few hours now, it was already around midnight. I had to sign a score reports, everything is down on paper, every little word from the story and you can see the how many words it has become just here on the blog.
I returned to the hotel to come back the next morning, namely, they wanted me to point out the guy I gave a ride. I was a bit worried that I would not be able to point him out because I just saw him quickly. Once when he jumped on the moped and again when he jumped off but it was just a quick hello and thank you.

Back at the police station the next day so I can immediately view of one of the guys from the pictures on your phone. He sits in the corner in one of the rooms and looking very sad. He has obviously been up all night and been questioned by police. I hear that they've got the three guys. The two who sold the phone and he stole it from me. Oh, I thought, they already know who's who?
Still a little worried about whether I would be able to point out the guy, I am somewhat relieved when police announced that he has already admitted everything. He has admitted that he got pushed by me to the beach and he went into my bag and stole both the phone and the two pockets and then they sold it to the guy with the phone store. He has admitted the whole thing and in the same second that I get to meet him, I realize why.

I am sitting in a leather couch in one of the many offices that are in the police station. It is a simple room with a small desk in wood, there is a pile of papers in one corner and an old laptop is turned off on the table. In the corner stands a bookcase with what looks to be old archived paper. I'm sitting and chatting with some of the police officers who seem to be in a good mood, probably because they managed to catch these guys. Suddenly, the police chief in with a lame guy in one hand dragging behind. I look up and immediately get a bad conscience for having pulled off this whole carousel. The guy is completely broken, his lips are swollen so that he can hardly speak, police skratar and pointing at him and call him “Donald Duck”, His both arms are completely blue from beatings. He is limping heavily and it is only the left arm that works. The police throw him down on the ground in front of me and pulls some sharp kicks to the side of him. Somewhat shocked, I say that there probably is not necessary. I now get your own little Q & A session where I get to ask any questions I want him where the police will act interpreter. There's not much to ask because he already has admitted everything. Out of curiosity, I asked, however, how he got the bag and it was so easy that he just poked up the zipper with nail, i.e. he sepparerade tags from each other with low siping. You know that when a zipper does not work, sometimes the teeth apart and go to open the lock. When he picked up the valuables he closed the case again with the numeric lock is still untouched by pulling the zipper back and forth over the section he poked up. Clever.

We sat there for a while and I thought that even if he had done wrong in stealing so he does not deserve such treatment, He had tears in her voice and apologized to me by beating his hands together as best he could and bow upper body for me. I tried to show him that I was not mad at him, but just happy to have gotten back my phone.

After a while, asking police if I have any more questions for him, I have not, I say. Then, perhaps, the most surprising deal. One of the officers asked me a little discreet with lower voice if I want a few minutes with him alone and have to pay back with kicks and punches. I say that I have no need, and I think that mistreatment quota has been filled long ago.

Everyone leaves the room and I'm sitting there alone with any kind of lump in the stomach very touched by the event. This guy is now in jail in around 30 days and reading teaches welling continue in the same spirit. One of the wallets were found with any card but the money was disappeared without a trace, police said. Probably because the police themselves picked on the judgment. That is how it works when a communist regime that Indonesia does not directly overwhelms the police with money for their efforts. As a result, when the corruption and villainy Money scam like this.

End gone for my part that got the phone back, but sometimes I think back on this guy who now sits in prison, I do not hope that this event has shaped him in the wrong direction in life. He's obviously not a member of any organized bråttslighet but just a regular guy who thought he could make some quick cash from a rich tourist. Hopefully he'll stay away from it in the future, but it can also develop in the other direction to polishat and perhaps heavier crime in the future. Let's hope it does not get the latter. I talked a bit with the locals about my experiences and according to them this is the treatment of the guy just right. They are so terribly afraid that crime will evolve into something bigger then their only source of income is just tourism and tourists, but the whole economy crash. It truly is a world far away from Sweden where police must work with kid gloves in order to not be accused of assault.

It was a long damn post and if you got through the whole so thank you for reading. Becomes more posts soon. On re-reading!

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Vietnam

Ok now it’s about time to write a post about this country. I have now spent about three weeks in Vietnam and it all started in Hanoi in northern Vietnam. My plan was to buy a motorcycle and then move south. I bought a Sun Bonus from another backpacker who had traveled from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi and I was thinking of doing the same trip in reverse. I got the bike for $ 300, which is about 2000 SEK. A pretty good price for a motorbike of this size in Vietnam. Most people buy a Honda Win, which is a smaller motorbike of 100 cc. The bonus is 125cc. The trip is now underway and the goal is, as I said Ho Chi Minh City. The route is about 2000 km so it’s quite a long way to go but it is an incredibly beautiful and scenic road. I think many of those who do this kind of thing has been inspired by an episode of Top Gear, I have not seen this episode myself and did not know about it before I came here, but if you want to get a feel for what this kind of trip is likea you should take a look at that episode. I’ve heard it’s very good.

 

Halong Bay

The highlights so far have been many. The first stop after Hanoi was an island called Cat Ba and lies in an area known as Halong Bay. This is a very beautiful place with a large national park where you can go trekking in the mountains. This may be the toughest hiking I ever gotten myself into so far. Took about 4 hours to reach the top and then I had about 2 hours to get back the same way before it got dark. You do not want to get caught in the Vietnamese jungle in the middle of the night. I managed to get out before sunset, but it required a very high tempo and I have never been so sweaty in my entire life. I reached the top and before me stands a radio tower about 30 meters tall and I realize that this can not count as the top when there is a radio tower standing here. The rest you can figure out from the pictures.

 

Phong Nha-Ke Bang

A few hundred kilometers south of Cat Ba Island, you have a huge national park named Phong Nha-Ke Bang. Here is one of the world’s largest cave systems in the world. As a tourist you have access to the Phong Nha Cave about 1.5 kilometers into the mountain after this the cave lingers on 45km into the darkness but it is not open to the public.

 

Mui Ne

Mui Ne is only 220 km from Ho Chi Minh City, as you can see I’m not far from my goal. Mui Ne is a cute little town on the water where you can chillax! One cool thing you can find here is the giant sand dunes outside of Mui Ne. Here you can rent quadbikes and sandboards. Crazy fun!

 

On the road

The journey has been long and adventurous on my motorcycle and I have been sleeping over at locals and driving through storms and fog, but it has still been one of my best experiences. You learn a lot about yourself and how to handle tricky situations, you learn a lot about motorcycles, I think I may be able to do some extra work as a mechanic when I get home. I recommend all those who come to Vietnam to do a similar trip, you don’t have to go all the way from Hanoi to HCMC. You can also rent bikes and run between individual cities. It’s really fun!

 

Tomorrow I’ll drive the final 200 km to HCMC, sell the motorcycle and in a few days I will put myself on a flight to Bali, it’ll be great! Talk to you soon.

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Laos

One of Thailand's neighboring countries is Laos and this is an obvious destination if one is to get to Vietnam from Thailand. Laos is a relatively new destination for tourists, it has grown more popular among tourists in recent years, and rightly so. It is a very nice country with extremely friendly people. I did not spend much time in Laos because I will be doing a roadtrip through Vietnam and I will have to use a majority of my limited time on that. Though after a few days in Luang Prabang I realize I should have given Laos more time because there is plenty to discover here. The waterfalls just outside of Luang Prabang is probably among the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

 

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Thailand

When it comes to Thailand I am probably way behind the rest of the swedish people but better late than never right? I like Thailand, a beautiful country and in relation to India, as I arrived from Thailand feels both ultramodern and clean. People's kindness and willingness to help also feels a littlebit more authentic. My liking of Thailand so far is not based on postcardbeaches or sex-tourism though. Because I went directly north from Bangkok and skipped all that most people would say is their favorite part of Thailand. I went to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand to devote myself to some outdoor activities. In Chiang Mai I spent my time both trekking and down-hill cycling I've realized that I probably think this is much more pleasurable than getting drunk at a bar in Phuket with a lot of other Swedes. Although this also can be fun sometimes. The Down-hill cycling was probably what I appreciated most, this was a new experience for me and it was very challenging. You take a car full of bikes and safety equipment, and then drive up a huge mountain for about 2 hours. Then you get on the bike and fly downhill through some pretty rough terrain. Even if you do not actually pedaling so much so I was exhausted when I came down for concentration and coordination are at max all the way.

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I see dead people!

Varanasi is a unique city in many ways. It is one of the most sacred in Hinduism. It is situated on the River Ganges is a holy river and extends about 2500 km. If you are bathing in the river washed away sins and other nasty, However, only nasty things in abstract form when the river is full of shit! Rubbish and dead bodies. Right! Varanassi is a plastic one wants to die, at least if one is Hindu. It is regarded as a liberation of the soul. Pilgrimage for Indians with their dead relatives, women and men to burn them at the stake. There is also the house where Hindus who are close to death sitting and waiting to get their liberation. When the river is known as a ghat where bodies burn around the clock 7 Cams. You build up a pile of wood then the body on a gurney carried by family. This is dipped first in the river and then put it on trähögen to take four of the sacred fire. However, if the body would be a woman who was also pregnant, so you burn it without putting it simply in the river and let it drift away. If you walk along the river, one can see why sometimes rotting corpse. Pretty powerful experience when most people from the Western world had never seen a dead person before, which is actually quite surprising since this is perhaps the most natural part of life you can imagine. This ceremony is very important for Indians and one must show respect when you wander around among their dead family members. Therefore, there are no photographs of this place but it is perhaps just as well. It will in any case forever be stored in my mental hard drive.

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Bring back slavery!

It required 20 000 slaves and 22 years of hard work to travel this magnificent building. I really have no particular interest of the Taj Mahal, but it's such a “must see” in India, so you have pallra there and I did, although it was somewhat reluctantly. Busloads of tourists and trissade prices make Agra a pretty boring place. I took some pictures and went on later that day. One must still say that it is an extremely impressive craft and it is an interesting thought that humanity will probably never be able to build something so magnificent again, I guess it required slaves who work for free around the clock for it to be feasible, same with the pyramids or the Great Wall of China. So if we are to renew our 7 wonders on earth, we must take and bring back slavery, I think! All that is to raise your hand!

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Suit up!

I have previously been told that in India you can get a custom-made suit at a great price. This was not something I was planning to do then I thought about the price now is so good it must be something missing. I had no desire to buy anything that might fall apart in a few weeks and that is mediocre. With this attitude, it was only out of curiosity I looked into one of the many shops that do this in Udaipur. In here, worked a bunch of Indians and all are obviously really nice because I have a western wallet. However, they did not feel this gang as superficial as many other Indian sellers. For lack of other things to do, I sat around for a long time in the store and talked to those who worked there about everything from chai tea to Indian politics and its future. The guys obviously wanted me to take measurements on the same day for any costume but I insisted on sleeping on the matter. The next morning I returned and spent a few hours with these nice guys and drank safe 10 koppar chai-te. I said that if there is to be any costume and we'll take a hard line, or professional gloves if you like, I rather spend a little more than average and get me something really good. This was of course perfectly ok with them. You can get a suit for 3000 – 50 000 rupees which crowns (2013) equivalent to approximately 350 – 6000 kr. After the hours have been looking through every roll of their finest material, so I chose a plain black fabric without patterns in good quality that works in most situations. They took measure of my body and then made 4 different tests with various adjustments afterwards. This took 3 days and involved 5 tailors who all had wild discussions with each other about how the perfect costume would hang up on me every time I showed up for the testing of the prototype. I spent around 40 000 Rupee, Thus, just below 5000 kr which is pretty much in these parts but still a lot less than I had been paying in Sweden. For this I got a custom-made suit and shirt sent home to Sweden, just hope my fight weight does not change a lot during my trip there will probably be a while before I get home and can use it for the first time.

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Unexpected outing

Today I had one of those days you can only have when you are traveling unplanned. This is among the best I know, with travel, when you wake up without having anything planned, and so unfolds day to something amazing. It started like that I want of something to do wanted to get away from the scorching heat. A very nice option then is to explore the surrounding area with the wind in your hair on eg a motorcycle. I therefore rented a motorcycle in the city and drove out to the countryside. Without any planned route, I drove out of town and swung by in which I felt suited. I wanted to take me to the high mountain passes can be seen from Udaipur so I tried to run in that direction. After about an hour of cruising with all the beautiful surroundings of mountains and plains, I suddenly saw a billboard. Det stod animal rescue center, visitors welcome 5 km. Hm, I thought, it sounds interesting as destination. What admirable souls might open a rescue center for animals in India of all countries. This is given that there is a fairly large percentage scrubby animals strolling the streets of the dirty cities. I took off towards my goal and found after 5 mi what I was looking for. I was now out on the plain between two mountain passes and in the middle of nowhere was a small facility. My first encounter outside the gate is a dead dog on the ground, I've never seen a dead dog before, were it not for the flies had been possible to believe that the only slept. I trudged toward the entrance at a gravel path and was greeted by a sign that asked me to wait until an employee let me in, it does not want any animals smitandes when botched visitors come and open the gates. After a while, a gentleman and let me in and showed me to an impromptu reception. Here I meet Sara, a veterinarian from Tasmania who showed me around the facility. Small farms were separated by a common fence. They separate the animals because they do not always get along so well together and that all animals come here in varying conditions, some of which come with very contagious diseases such as. Sara told me that she was the only veterinarian at the facility and she worked entirely voluntary and unpaid. No educated Indians would like to take the job as a veterinarian at a shitty farm in rural. It is not considered sufficient status, most want to work with the state. Because they have lots of animals, it becomes much work Sara and also many challenges. She told me that she castrated such an ass for the first time the night before and it was just to make it attributed that she had never done it before or could receive instructions from any. We visited the patient in question and he seemed to feel good.

The animals consist largely of dogs but also, donkeys, age, bulls, monkeys, pigs, turtles etc. everything that they find on the streets or people who report the. Many injuries from vehicle, because in India run by idiots, many innocent animals that roam the. Therefore, it becomes many amputations then it is not worth trying to mend broken bones and breakages, there are simply too many injuries and animals survive quite well on three legs. I asked the question regarding the dead dog at the entrance and probably there is someone who has found this very sick dog and just dumped it in front of the entrance in the middle of the night without staff he discover it before it was too late. Sara went on to tell about how animals live here, Also the graphic looks very nasty like they have it a lot better here than on the street. It gets food 3 times a day, water and even massage by an old Indian lady who according to Sara “works wonders”

When the animals are strong enough to fend for themselves they go back out on the street where they were found, in those cases, someone called in a tip they always call up the person in question to see if this would take care of the animal. It happens, however, that the returned animals find their way back to the farm all by themselves, suggesting that they still thrive quite well in there. Some of the dogs in there was quite ok but still seems happiest on the farm because they put the return, so they can swell simply stay where.

This plant was started by an American family for many years and is only around for donations so I turned to me and put 1000 rupees in the donation box to return to the road with one of my strongest Indian experience so far in his luggage. A great day!

Here are some pictures from my stay, it is quite a strong image for the sensitive but I urge to watch as this belongs to reality.

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YES CHEF!

Because it's fun at learning new cooking skills became even a course in Varkala. This course was not vegetarian. There was plenty of food for two people so we had to get our hungry friend Hadleigh. We cooked 4 main dishes, a starter, one between the right and a special rice. When our Indian teacher cook for until it was just to keep up with, we kept the great pace in the kitchen and everything was ready in just 1 hour. Thank you chef!

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Kayak i Kerala

A delightful excursion on the kayak! In Kerala there is this huge network of rivers which are a major attraction. Rivers extends 900 km. Here you can paddle a kayak or rent a houseboat which will take you along the river with a private chef and bedroom. We were more eager to turn a little so we chose the easier way to get around. You just have to paddle in and look around.