Saturday, 28 November 2009

Indonesia

Last week I travelled to Indonesia. It was a one-week trip. Initially, I thought it would be more than enough for an escape but it turned out to be very short time to see and experience even a small number of things there.
I spent some time in Jakarta, a weekend on Bali, and took a one-day trip to Yogyakarta. I’ve visited some beautiful places in Jakarta. Pacific Place shopping center that could easily be in the middle of New York or somewhere like that. I think this is where the bombings were about a month or two ago. I’ve experienced Jakarta traffic – to get to the airport it can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours. Experienced both!
Bali is a story on its own. Visited places that are way off the tourist tracks. Been to villages high in the mountains among the rice fields. Got lost riding around the island. Generally, if there is a heaven on Earth, this could easily be it. Haven’t seen some of the most recommended places to visit. So I left something for another visit sometimes, which is good. :)
Yogyakarta was a hidden gem, an unexpected positive surprise. I have seen some old temples, beautiful people, bargained on the street, and walked through this beautiful town. Borobudur, a Buddhist temple from 8th century is a wonder in itself.
Overall, a beautiful new experience, tropical climate, interesting people, great food… with some thoughtful and sensible conversations brought back some meaning and sense into my life.

Photos are here.

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