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Jolotundo – The Bathing Place

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Featured, Java, Travel | 0 comments

In the bathing tanks – women to the left, men to the right – people are standing chest-deep in the cool, clear water. Clearly something unusual is going on here; clearly Jolotundo is more than just another thousand-year-old relic of Java’s classical Hindu past.

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Beguiled by Becaks

Posted by on Jan 14, 2012 in Java, Travel | 0 comments

Christopher J. Koch was writing of 1965, that simmering era of impending violence, when he penned those lines in his novel The Year of Living Dangerously. They belonged to another time even then, and yet, more than forty years later only the old Dutch spelling has changed, and the becaks are still creaking into ponderous action throughout the kampungs and alleyways of Java.

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