Lots of steam but no lava. Is it dumb that I was disappointed to not see lava? If there was lava, it would probably have been too dangerous for me to visit the volcano, but without it? It was still beautiful, and impressive…but no lava.
My family and I went on a trip with thirty (or more) of our closest new friends here in Indonesia. We travelled to Bandung, a city not too far from where we live, to visit a volcano, do some shopping, listen to some music, and have some fun. It was a good day and left me with some really happy memories. Hooray for everything, right?
What mood do you read off this guy?
…just trying to make a living and feed families and take care of themselves.
Btw, the thing he’s wearing on his face is a hygienic mask. Everyone seems to wear them here for two main purposes: they wear them when they have colds and don’t want to infect everyone around them, and they wear them if they spend a great deal of time around car exhaust. I don’t know for which reason he’s wearing his, but he doesn’t seem concerned that it’s not over his nose and mouth. Maybe it’s just a sartorial choice.
There’s a place in Bandung called UDJO, and it is dedicated to the Angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument. It creates a beautiful sound, and they train young children to play this instrument. Then, when tourists like me come to see the performance, these beautiful little children come out and play. They are often enthusiastic and nervous and so fun to watch. This little girl, however, seemed nonplussed by the whole process.
When we visited the volcano, Tangkuban Perahu, I managed to take some great shots of the people who work up there. Some of them knew I was photographing them, some of them didn’t. I would smile and nod and they would give me wonderful smiles back. I’m not sure that always meant they understood that I was photographing them.
Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano that is about a two hours’ drive from where I live. It is about 30km north of Bandung, and it is a hub for local merchants. The shot above is of all of the shops, both retail and food, that line the northernmost part of the trail. There are at least five times as many shops on the total site, but this shot offered the best vantage point of the shops and trail.
I shot this from the window of the bus as I traveled from Jakarta to Bandung. We, my family and friends, went to Bandung for three reasons: outlet shopping, viewing a live volcano, and watching an angklung performance. On the way up, we passed a number of rest stops, but this one came with its own masjid, or mosque. Very beautiful, for a rest stop.