The first trip

My “Bornean walkabout” stems from my reading of Eric Hansen’s “Stranger in the Forest”, and from the need to quench the curiosity that my first trip to Borneo lit up, back in 2013. Yet my first trip to Borneo happened quite by chance. I was doing my PhD in Zurich and I was feeling pretty drained. Meanwhile R., my girlfriend at the time, was carrying out some botanical fieldwork in Australia and was also running low on energy. We both needed a break. We took a map of the world and looked for a wild place between Switzerland and Australia. We chose Borneo.

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