Hotel Candi Baru
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... leaves at some ungodly hour!!! I'm writing this the day before - so am looking forward to this very different experience....to be continued!!!...and likely not able to post until a future port given the boat sails as soon as we return!!! Post- Borobudur tour.....and it was a "Wonder"....it was one of the Seven before it became an unesco site....not sure how that works but that's what our tour guide said! Back at boat ...behold ..wifi...going to try to post....write more ...
... 9 kids and they are a blast, as are her many many grandkids. I will see them more with Ramadan coming up and I can't wait.
Also, it is exciting to be here when the election is happening. It is one of their first direct elections and the first one with televised debates! I am liking Jokowi, he is the mayor of Jakarta and his opponent is a military backed leader who put down a student riot violently. Not so great.
... She is however overjoyed by the result. However now there is a clamour from people all wanting their photo taken, many of them would then become very serious, and incapable of staying still, but heck there was joy and laughter from all quarters at the results. We eventually manage to escape and decide we are totally lost with no idea how to get back. This end of town doesn't have taxis so a bicycle rickshaw it was. The poor old man who we found, and agreed to ...
... with little bungalows scattered through the tropical gardens but not quite the plantation we had expected.
Following our guided tour we were given light refreshments which were welcomed as the temperature was now in the 30's.
Following a short break we boarded the coach for the Highlight of the day for us, the steam train journey passing through rice paddies, small creeks, local houses and the stunning Rawa Pening Lake.
The lovely old train with wooden ...
... which perhaps was once where the merchandise from the ports were stored. Today, though many of these warehouses have been refurbished on the inside to cater for modern technology, its outer design and structures have been kept intact for historical and preservation reasons.
We walked around this entire township and its such a beautiful ...