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Posts tagged “Yogyakarta

WordPress Photo Challenge: Green

I like the green in Indonesia.  There is so much, and so little, in Jakarta.  Jakarta has palm trees and greenery everywhere, but no parks, no lawns, no big green spaces.  Travelling out to Yogyakarta was very refreshing – lots of rice fields and parks and green spaces.

The mountain in the one shot is Mount Merapi,  Yes, the one that blows up every few years with devastating results.  It’s lava and ash are what make this ground so great for growing green things.  A blessing and a curse, I guess.

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Buddha

There are hundreds of Buddhas at Borobudur.  It was hard to focus on just one, but this one, fully intact in his niche, seemed like he wanted some attention.  Although, technically, Buddha didn’t seek attention, only enlightenment.


Rice fields…again?

 

I’m on my way to Sulawesi, but I’m posting photos from my last trip to the Yogyakarta area.  I think this is the last rice field photo I’ll post for a while, but I hope you don’t mind.  I find them so beautiful.

What I also find beautiful is the very traditional way so many Indonesian farmers work their fields.  Giant fields are worked with small shovels and hoes.  Pretty amazing.


“Travel is fatal…

 

…to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. ”

So said Mark Twain, and I agree.  I think that there are other agents for the fatality of negative human attributes, like education and education.  And I should be clear – some people can travel the world looking for McDonald’s restaurants and Macy’s stores and Holiday Inn hotels.  They can avoid all the culture and ethnicity and find North America everywhere they go, complaining that no one speaks English.  Sadly, I’ve been around some of those people as I’ve traveled around South Asia.

I’ve also had the pleasure of traveling with and around people who are looking for a better understanding of the world and its people.  It may be, though, that it’s the attitude of the traveler that will determine whether prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness are fatally eradicated.  Mark Twain, from what I’ve read, seemed to be the kind of man who was willing to challenge himself as well as others.  Some people, sad people, do not have any desire to upend their tiny understanding of the world.


Weird Geometry…the WordPress Photo Challenge

 

Just a quick one…second photo posted today…for the WordPress Photo Challenge:  Geometry.

I think it’s the strange geometric shapes of rice fields that appeal to those of us foreign to Asia.  The idea that someone took the initiative to re-carve the landscape to fit their needs is impressive, but it’s a little like seeing the Canadian prairies for the first time from the air in miniature.

Very visually stimulating.