VISITING GREENWICH

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Last week, an American gal pal of mine and I played up our tourist status by crossing hemispheres and visiting Greenwich. We went all out touring the Royal Observatory - audio guides and all. Afterward learning all about time standardization and naval navigation, we walked through the park to the Queen's House (one of my favorites) and the Old Royal Naval College. We had lunch at Clocktower Market; Ethiopian for E and Chinese for me - of course! To head home we took the Emirates Air Line back across the Thames.

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Greenwich, prime meridian
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greenwich, prime meridian

BUKIT LAWANG, SUMATRA

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This week a colleague and I traveled to Bukit Lawang en route to Banda Aceh. This area of Sumatra is known for orangutans which we trekked through the jungle to see. After hiking four hours, we floated back to our bungalow via inner tube on the river. The monkey reserve is just near the entry point to the mountain and many of them visit the village of inns and restaurants at night.

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