Why are cloves so expensive?

The harvesting of cloves is a skill because clove branches are delicate, making the trees dangerous to climb. Each bud must be separated by hand, a laborious job often undertaken by the whole family. These two reasons alone help to explain the high price of this much sought-after spice.

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Sailing Overnight to Sulawesi (we hit a log)

sailing overnight to sulawesi

During this passage, we left in thunder and lightning and sailed for 150 miles across a shipping lane in ever-changing winds. Overnight sails in south-east Asia are particularly challenging, not least because the waters are full of obstacles that you can’t see in the dark. Like logs.

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We are taking a break

We are taking a break

This is the last podcast for a few weeks because we have a lot of sailing ahead of us and will have few opportunities to relax or get on with editing. To ease our workload, we are putting the podcasts on hold.

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Come Here Before It’s Too Late!

come here before it's too late

No private islands or luxury resorts here, in Derawan it’s rustic chalets built under the trees on the seashore, tasty home-cooking, Bintang beer, locally-grown pineapples, papayas, coconuts and mangoes, sand between your toes and no reason to dress up because all you ever need is beach clothes and flip flops.

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