Day 64: Thanks for the welcome

Unfortunately, Márcia was fighting a stomach bug for four days by the time we got to Jakarta so she decided to take it easy for a day to try to recover.  I had reason to leave her to attend to things in the bathroom because I needed to turn in my Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot…

Day 63: One Nasi Bakar, please

At times it’s been difficult in Indonesia to figure out what new food we’re willing to experiment.  The local cuisine has been tasty and we’ve enjoyed it quite a bit, even though sometimes the combinations don’t make much sense to us.  Nasi Bakar is a popular dish that has been an “old reliable” for us…

Day 62: The Big Durian

We won’t soon forget the eight hour overnight train trip from Yogyakarta to Jakarta.  We were expecting a unsettling ride, filthy seats, and not much sleep and in that sense the journey didn’t disappoint.  We made it to the capital city though and since it was so early, had some time to explore before going…

Day 61: Man-powered tricycle

Indonesia’s take on the ever popular cycle rickshaw is called the Becak and is highly visible in Yogyakarta.  The design is quite a bit different from the pedicabs in the Philippines but the same strong legs are needed to propel the local mode of transport.  The Indonesian version utilizes a backwards tricycle model, with wheels…

Day 60: The Puppet Master

We were surprised to learn about how popular shadow puppet shows are in Yogyakarta.  The performance art has been around for hundreds of years and is a highlight of traditional Javanese culture.  On our way to the Sultan Palace we stopped off at a puppet factory to see how they are made and discover a…