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... bits about the political unrest of past times, and that until recently it was the darling of Indonesia, thanks to its well-heeled relationship with the states; that was until the bubble burst and the economy collapsed. Thanks America for not only ruining our economy, but also the economy of more places that you and I are probably aware of. How did things get like that we will never know. Anyway, Jakarta does not show obvious signs of this economic decline (but even so, how would ...
... palace, home to about 25,000 people, many employed in traditional trades, with 10,000 residents on the sultan's payroll.
I did some last Christmas shopping here, had another massage, and went to two traditional cultural shows in the evenings - one, a puppet show with traditional Wayang Kulit puppets, the other a Ramayana ballet. Both were essentially morality plays that draw on Hindu mythology and teaching to impart ...
... 2006 earthquake. We were lucky enough to arrive just in time to be allowed access to the inner chambers and get up close with Ganesha, Vishnu and Brahma.
After saying goodbye to our guide it was back in the pony cart for a 3km ride to the next temple complex of Plaosan. The drive up was pretty special, slowly clopping along through the countryside watching the farmers dutifully tend their tobacco and eggplant crops - picture postcard stuff. Plaosan is a much smaller temple ...
... of men and women were using bicycles to get to or from work, or to transport lightweight produce around, presumably because we were finally somewhere flat enough for this to be a realistic option. There were still the usual amount of motorbikes and scooters, with a couple of guys on one motorbike carrying a huge set of ladders across their shoulders like a modern day Laurel and Hardy. Even more interestingly, we saw one man with a six-foot oxyacetylene tank lashed to the back ...
... GPS, depth-sounding kit and radio systems...) traced the route from Jakarta to Madagascar and then up Africa's west coast to Ghana, stopping at Cape Town (Jacqui's hometown) along the way.
Then we went to the temple itself. Despite the huge tour groups (Borobudur boasts parking for 90 buses...), we found two sides of the temple totally deserted, and enjoyed exploring the lower tiers free from all the crowds. As well as the ...
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