Alexandra Boulat



Living Dangerously.

Three years after a crashing economy ended the 32-year rule of Indonesia’s former president Suharto, the world’s fourth most populous nation and the biggest Muslim country boils with religious and ethnic strife. That’s no surprise, considering this anchor-shaped archipelago sweeps 3,200 miles end and contains 6,000 inhabited islands and 225 million people who are, in turn, divided by religion (Muslim, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist), ethnicity (some 300 groups and as many distinctive languages), and water (four-fifths of the country’s total area). After several months of wandering all over the archipelago, Alexandra was amazed by its strange, wildly diverse beauty and the character of it’s people, their tenacity, courage and wry good humour.