Bowman: Waters rushed into the volcano's caldera--a volcanic crater, many times the size of the orignal vent---caused by the central volcano's collapse and the original explosive eruption.Bowman: Result? Lake Toba. Samosir Island, as big as Singapore, is an island within an island--a resurgent dome, caused by the swelling of the caldera floor by the magma chamber below it.

Bowman: Samosir island is the center of the Batak culture that surrounds Lake Toba.  Most tourists visit the small town of Tuktuk-- Bloodlust (Caption): Blah, blah, blah. Enough with the tourist trap travelogue, already.Bloodlust (Caption): Since the Bali bombings of 2002 and 2005, tourism in Indonesia has ebbed.  Which made it a perfect hiding place for me--for months.  Such a beautiful sport--created in massive destructuion.  Perfect.



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