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... however for some reason or another it never worked out and I decided to saddle up and do a long ride at the first opportunity I get. This was it, and the destination was Ujung Genteng (literally translated, it means "edge of the tile" implying the southern coast of Java island that chips off into the Indian Ocean).
Its quite surprising however (to me as well) how quickly one can cook up plans and set the ball rolling if you are really into it! ...
... and for some of us, like me, stepping into the mud due to lack of equilibrium. We walked through narrow and steep corridors, and were overtaken by motorbikes with up to four passangers. It was impossible not to be amazed at the driving of the locals on bikes.
At a house in the village we were offered first coconut juice and lunch, and then we continued our walk to the street, wehre the vans would pick us up.
Our second afternoon and evening at the homestay was ...
... to unroot the « sankahras »
(the unconsciously rooted sensations that control you) and take full
control of your mind. You are the surgeon who will do the surgery, no
one else can do this for you. You have to get liberated of your own
Vipassana ? Vipassana means « to see things for what they
are ». To see reality as it is, not as you would like it to be.
In order of course not to create new sankahras, new ...
... might not seem the obvious choice when thinking of interesting attractions to show a group of tourists. This included the local boat yard and adjacent heavy docks. We pitched up and it was interesting to see even if more than a little awkward at times. We had a walk around and the icy stares, (not a single smile,) from all those working on the boats seem to cut right through us. These exhausted blokes were beaten up, skinny and they seemed dejected. Our group of young ...
It was a nice clear day and we soon warmed up, hiking across the paddy fields and up the hills towards Gombong Village. We were spoilt with stunning views of the surrounding valley, mountains and countryside and there were beautiful butterflies everywhere. Some were so big they looked like small birds! I really tried to get a picture of one, but didn't do them justice. Sorry! The little buggers just wouldn't stay still!
We saw rice ...