Category: Indonesia

Indonesia – Around Jogja, and Back to Jakarta

22nd October 2015.  I have to admire the determination of people in these parts when it comes to getting a job done, even when they have minimal equipment or tools.  On the road near Jogja, I saw three guys transporting a rickety two-wheeled trailer loaded with very long bamboo trunks.  To do this, they were […]

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Indonesia – Visiting Borobudur

21st October 2015; we started the day with some breakfast at a street food stall.  These sorts of places, where you can get tasty and reasonably priced food quickly and easily, are ubiquitous in Asia, and sorely lacking in the UK.  As a foreigner, for whom (according to my upbringing) eating out is generally a […]

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Indonesia – Sunset at Ratu Boko

Our next destination, Yogyakarta (Jogja), is a great city.  The atmosphere is totally different to Jakarta; much more laid-back, and a LOT smaller (the population is just 412,331 people, as compared to 729,977 in Greater Nottingham, UK, for example).  Jogja is a city of culture, known for its arts, music and traditional batik textiles (I […]

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Indonesia – Out of the City; Road and Rail

Life Out of the City After our stay in Jakarta, we travelled out to visit some more rural parts of the country (which is more my scene, really; I grew up in the countryside). As you can see from the farmland shown, it was pretty dry.  This is despite the fact that “officially”, wet season […]

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Jakarta Experience: National Monument, Tiny Bananas

Jet-Lag? 15th of October, and my fourth full day in Indonesia.  I slept late; until 10am, which is unusual for me (usually I get up fairly early).  I guess I was tired and needed a little extra sleep.  I don’t usually suffer from jet-lag, certainly not on the flight out to Asia (west to east) […]

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Indonesia – Taman Mini; Indonesia in a Nutshell

Located to the South-East of Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a theme park displaying different cultural exhibits and architecture from around the country.  It’s a great place to visit if you want to get a flavour of each island’s traditional culture, without actually having to travel to 13,466 different islands (then again, that does […]

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Indonesia – Qatar Airways Experience | The Durian Strikes Back

Back in Asia after two years!  This was my first time in Indonesia, Fillia’s home country, and it was a special holiday for us as we got engaged at a ceremony attended by her family and friends.  Fillia went back home to renew her visa a week before I flew to meet her. Qatar Airways […]

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