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About one month ago I arrived Kuching in the Malaysian part of Borneo. From there, Indonesia is just a two hour bus ride away, but there isn't much to see before you reach Pontianak about six hours after the border crossing. And there aren't really a great number of options. If you want to go to Indonesia by bus, you better get ready for the 8-9 hour ride through the jungle and across equator. From Pontianak it's also possible to go by ferry or bus further into the country (there is a daily bus to other parts of Kalimantan, although this seems to be a very well kept local secret). The buses are good, no worries.

I heard many people telling me that the road conditions were very bad along this stretch. As we pulled into the usual halfway lunch stop in Sosok, I was left with wonder. "It wasn't that bad, was it?". We have windy, hilly roads in Norway. But as we left town, I quickly realized that the worst part was ahead. Certainly not worthy a main highway between two countries. But I was never bored. My two fellow passengers were trying their best to teach me Indonesian language and that's where my attention was for most of the time. But along the way there were a few interesting towns and a whole lot of trees. Let it be said, almost the whole route was paved, but I found this unpaved stretch somehow idyllic and exotic.

Satu hari akan saya jalan-jalan ke Indonesia. I'll be back, Indonesia.

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