Travis Penn Travis Penn, Mercy Corps supporter Travis Penn’s stories Indonesia: Teaching disaster preparedness in paradise We are in Padang, Indonesia, a city of about two million people located midway up the west coast of the island of Sumatra. It is an oil port and a surfer's paradise. It is also extremely vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis: a major fault line runs along the country's west coast. Indonesia: Another busy day in the world's tenth-biggest city I wasn't quite expecting to see as much of Jakarta as this. Today we met the Mercy Corps staff at their offices for a presentation of the various projects the organization is doing in Indonesia. Indonesia: Not the typical sights of Jakarta Today was an exhausting day. Our little group of Mercy Corps staff and supporters left the hotel early to drive out to West Jakarta where we toured an urban village, for lack of a better description.