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Feb 26, 2018 - Semarang (Java) Indonesia

History: Long a center of Hindu-Buddhist empires and an important trade center of the Dutch east India company in the 17th and18th centuries, the island of Java is Indonesia “s repository of history and culture. The bustling port of Semarang was founded by the Dutch and the island shows their colonists past. Not as pretty as Bali, city shows The problems of over population, living conditions not very pleasing. Many walk around barefoot and urinate/deficate wherever is convient, very sad. Average wage is $200 per month.

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Dec 23, 2016 - Borobodur

Next stop Surabaya for Borobudor. Easier said than done, however. We agree to the services of Weidy to take us to the temple of Borobudur. This is a 3 hour drive from Semarang and due to the narrow roads and ideally involves a police escort. We aren't using the expensive ship tour buses, we pay a third of the cost on the bootleg tour and occasionally draft off the police escort at the end of the parade anyway. It is a bit tortuous in the tight Van, but the girlies persevere, viewing terraced rice fields and traffic...then we prevail and...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Denpasar, Bali

For our visit to Bali we had hired a local driver to meet us and do the touring around. A nice English couple we met on board joined us. We had decided to do the east side of Bali and visit several temples in that direction. One thing to note is distances are not long but driving time is. Temperature was around 29C and steamy! Our driver was very nice and his English was pretty good. He did not go into the sites with us but that was OK. We visited some very beautiful, peaceful places – not full of tourists. Our first stop was the bat cave...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Semarang, Jakarta

Borobudur After an overnight cruise we are in Semarang, Java. The main site here is the pyramid of Borobudur. This is one of the “greatest Buddhist relics of South East Asia”. It was built between 750-850AD. With the decline of Buddhism the monastery was abandoned soon after completion and for centuries lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. In 1815 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles governed Java and had the site cleared and the shear magnitude and beauty of the place was revealed. Early in the 20C the Dutch began to tackle the...

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Dec 8, 2012 - Borobudur Temple

Today we went to Java, Indonesia. The hills and mountains were pretty. We stopped at a coffee plantation. They are famous for their coffee. Bella bought a fan and I bought a key chain. We bought daddy some coffee. I miss my daddy. Then we went to the temple of Borobudur. It is a temple where the Buddhist worship. You can stick your hand through a "stupas" and try to touch the Buddha for good luck. The temple is huge like a pyramid. It was hidden in the jungle for years before someone found it. I climbed all the way to the top. Next we went...

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