Touring the Cigar Factory
Trip Start Nov 17, 2009
39Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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WW noticed painted in the empty cigar box that they were hand rolled in Yogyakarta at the Taru Martani cigar factory. So we set out on foot, with map in hand, determined to find it.
We walked the better part of three hours through kampungs, little residential neighborhoods, by the Sultan's Palace (yes, they have a sultan here and he lives there) then finally got there
The place closed at 4, and we got there at 4:30. The security guard called someone, and they got a key and let us in. Work was done, and we were invited back to tour the following day (today).
The workforce was all women as the reader will see from the pics. They are paid piecework. Our guide was a young woman named Remy who speaks less english than WM speaks Indonesian. But she was enthusiastic and we both tried hard and it was a blast.
WW had never seen cigars being rolled--WM hadd seen this in South Florida in his misspent youth by old Cuban men grumbling about Castro and smoking on the job.
The best cigars there (Robusto) are made for export only and WM was not allowed to buy. Even so, the Super Caronas they sold for 67 cents each are pretty nice. WE took a taxi this time.