In the summer of 2009 four of my friends and I decided to take a vacation to Indonesia to visit my parents and brother Marshall. While I had been there the previous Christmas, exploring this wonderful, vibrant, and interesting country was a first for my friends!
We started our adventure in Jakarata where my family was living. Among the many highlights were:
President Obama’s elementary school
Visiting the Chinese Quarter of the city
Our next stop in the country was Seminyak, a mixed tourist/residential area on the west coast of Bali.
We went to a temple on a cliff where we went to watch the Kecak, one of the best known dances of Bali. The background is provided by a chanting ‘choir’ of men who provide the ‘chak-a-chak-a-chak noise that distinguishes the dance.
We took a half- day bike tour through ride paddies and small villages in Ubud, Bali. Ubud is in the middle of Bali, and for more than a century it has been the island’s preeminent center for fine arts, dance and music.
Our next stop on the trip was to Borneo/Kalimantan. We spent the next 3 days and 2 nights traveling on a boat in the jungle of Borneo.
Why do most people come to Borneo? To see the orangutans up close and personal!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. After our amazing time in Borneo/Kalimantan we flew back to Jakarta. To celebrate our last night we went to a popular club, Bats, for some dancing.