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Tarakan. No, Not the Cockroach.

It may be the Russian word for cockroach, but in here on the Indonesian part of Borneo ‘tarakan’ means not-terribly-exciting-port-city.

But it does have plenty of karaoke and piers. It seems like half the city is on boards over the edge of the Celebes Sea. So I wandered up and down and around the roundabout walkways, always expecting to see one of the many motorcycles drop through the decaying boards.

Passing through after my arrival by ferry on to another ferry tomorrow to the northeastern tip of the island in Malaysia.


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