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    Archive for August, 2007

    Day 509 – Boat ride to OZ wanted!

    Friday, August 31st, 2007

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    Day 508 – A Long Walk

    Thursday, August 30th, 2007

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    Day 507 – Lovecats

    Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

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    Day 506 – The Bombas

    Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

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    Day 505 – Kuta Beach

    Monday, August 27th, 2007

    Pengeragoan -> Kuta (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 67
    Time on bike : 4h 02m
    Brutto time: 08.15 – 13.15
    Avg : 16.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 52.8 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.134

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    Day 504 – Arrival Bali & 20.000 km bagged!

    Sunday, August 26th, 2007

    Banyuwangi (Java) -> Pengeragoan (Bali, camping)
    Distance (km) : 81
    Time on bike : 4h 42m
    Brutto time: 08.40 – 16.00
    Avg : 17.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 44.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 20.066

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    Day 503 – A day without private space (again!)

    Saturday, August 25th, 2007

    Jember -> Banyuwangi (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 107
    Time on bike : 5h 25m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 15.00
    Avg : 19.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 44.2 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.985

    (Billeder kommer nok en gang…)

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    Day 502 – In the sugar cane fields

    Friday, August 24th, 2007

    Lumajang -> Jember (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 64
    Time on bike : 3h 16m
    Brutto time: 07.30 – 11.30
    Avg : 19.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 33.2 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.878

    (Photos to come…)(Billeder kommer)

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    Day 501 – Yet another Javanese invitation

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

    Malang -> Lumajang (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 121
    Time on bike : 6h 18m
    Brutto time: 08.20 – 16.40
    Avg : 19.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 54.1 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.814

    The English teachers that invited me in for a Sprite and the night. Near Lumajang, Eastern Java.

    Woman near Malang selling food.

    Foodstall through my fingers...Lumajang, Java.

    Iced desert in Lumajang...

    Dagens Spørgsmål: Hvad er ligheden mellem lix og lux?

    Det småregner det meste af dagen. Som de tidligere dage går det op og ned i ét væk de første 4 timer i dag. Temperaturen falder ned til kun 20 grader (det lyder af mere end det føles, når man er våd og har Zülle-fart på!) i de fugtige højder (ca. 1.000 m) og den tynde vind/-løbejakke ryger på for første gang siden min familie havde den med til mig ved juletid i Vietnam. I Candipuro er det næsten mørkt på vejene (kl. 15) pga. det tunge skydække og tåge. Anderledes Alpe-kørsel.

    Woman near Malang selling food.

    I Pasurian, efter 100 km i sadlen og kun 20 km før min udsete endestation kører en mand med sin kone og sit barn bag på scooteren op på siden af mig og inviterer mig hjem til sig.“You stop in my house“, råber han til mig ud gennem hjelmen. Der er en vis myndighed over hans stemme, der får det til at lyde som en ordre snarere end en invitation. Hele familien smiler bredt som alle indoneserne gør, og jeg beslutter mig for at stoppe op ved familiens hus lidt længere fremme. Inden for byder manden, der taler okay engelsk på en masse snak og en lunken Sprite. Ja, folk spiller da badminton i Danmark og selvfølgelig husker vi alle Morten Frost!

    De var langt flinkere end billedet giver anledning til at tro!

    The English teachers that invited me in for a Sprite and the night. Near Lumajang, Eastern Java.

    In your country, how much to buy a house?” Jeg føler mig altid ubehageligt til mode, når jeg af de lokale, jeg møder på min vej, bliver spurgt om økonomiske forhold i Danmark, hvor meget min cykel koster, hvor mange fattige vi har i Danmark, lønniveauer etc. Fordi kommunikationsniveauet – de flestes engelsk rækker ikke længere end til How are you, mister? – aldrig er højt nok til at jeg fyldestgørende kan forklare, hvordan tingene hænger sammen. Jeg tier hellere end at efterlade et ufuldstændigt billede af Danmark som et vidunderligt økonomisk slaraffenland, hvilket det naturligvis på mange måder er sammenlignet med ex. Indonesien.

    Han tilbyder mig ly for natten i sit hus – et gæstfrit tilbud, som jeg dog ikke tager imod. Dels fordi jeg ved, at gæstfriheden har sin pris, og at jeg i et rum blottet for privatsfære vil være “tvunget” til at øve engelsk med ham hele aftenen – en pris, jeg i dag ikke er villig til at betale. Dels fordi jeg har sat næsen op efter at komme videre. At stoppe cykeldagen her i landsbyen ville være som at have afbrudt samleje, som at stoppe før klimaks. Det er vi mange, der ved ikke duer. Farvel og mange tak.

    Foodstall through my fingers...Lumajang, Java.

    I Lumajang raser uafhængighedsfeberen stadig her knapt en uge efter den egentlige dag, den 17. august. Det er folk ligeglade med. Der skal bare festes, med karnevaloptog, som jeg dog ikke ser, fordi jeg af diverse afspærringer bliver dirigeret i en stor bue uden om Lumajang centrum. Trafikkaos overalt. Politifolk guider mig til et godt hotel med det kække navn Aloha.

    Iced desert in Lumajang...

    Dagens Tone: Morning Dance – Spyro Gyro

    Svaret på dagens spørgsmål, der udelukkende kan tilskrives for megen tænketid i cykelsadlen, kommer i morgen. Beklager for evt. gener det måtte forvolde…Kan ikke gøre for det. Jeg har jo ikke Pablo ved min side til at tage fra og imod alt mit sludder og tankespind! :-)

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    Day 500 – A Beautiful Day # 500

    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

    Early morning in Cemoro Lawang...

    Early morning in Cemoro Lawang...

    Early morning in Cemoro Lawang...

    Sunrise over Cemoro Lawang...

    The volcanoes Batok, Bromo and Semeru (from front to back)...Fantastic!

    Smoking Semeru Volcano

    Batok Volcano

    Fog clad Cemoro Lawang...

    The volcanoes Batok, Bromo and Semeru (from front to back)...Fantastic!

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    Day 499 – Malang to Cemoro Lawang

    Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

    The menu in my restaurant in Cemoro Lawang

    Cemoro Lawang house

    From the crater rim with Batok and Bromo volcanoes in the back...

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    Day 498 – A Day at the Internet Café

    Monday, August 20th, 2007

    11 hours or 660 minutes or 39.600 seconds.

    That’s how long time I’ve been sitting in this fantastic internet café in Malang today. Updating the (Danish) diary etc.

    Good night!

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    500th WT Day Just Around the Corner

    Monday, August 20th, 2007

    It’s been a very long day at the office here in Malang that has the best @-cnx since Singapore. I’ve taken advantage of that.

    Unfortunately, for the non-Danish speaking people you won’t really notice that I spent more than 11 hours in the cyber café today since it’s all in Danish. The photos are uploaded and sort of ready to put in the diary but enough is enough. Am tired. Must eat. Must sleep.

    I will probably be celebrating the 500th WT day on top of or near the active volcano Mt. Bromo the day after tomorrow.

    Don’t forget to send me a little thought from wherever you are. I’ll do likewise. Promise!

    Nicolai (Eastern Java – Indonesia)

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    Day 497 – Carnevalesque

    Sunday, August 19th, 2007

    Blitar -> Malang (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 823
    Time on bike : 4h 35m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 17.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 53.2 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.693

    Independence fever on Java!

    Independence fever on Java...

    Independence fever on Java...

    Rural Javanese landscape...

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    Day 496 – The Smell of Cloves

    Saturday, August 18th, 2007

    Ponorogo -> Blitar (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 123
    Time on bike : 6h 35m
    Brutto time: 08.15 – 17.45
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 41.9 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.611

    Tune of the Day: I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From – Kings of Convenience

    Farmer, Eastern Java. August 2007.

    Farmer, Eastern Java. August 2007.

    Mountains between Ponorogo and Blitar, Eastern Java.

    Rice field workers. Java, 2007.

    Nice straight cycling near Blitar...

    Bridge near Blitar.

    Colourful Javanese cycling

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    Day 495 – Solo -> Ponorogo

    Friday, August 17th, 2007

    Solo -> Ponorogo (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 110
    Time on bike : 5h 52m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 18.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 65.0 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.488

    Ponorogo sunset. Central Java.

    Yeah, don't be shy lady officer...

    Between Solo and Ponorogo.

    Small market in a small village east of Solo...

    Small market in a small village east of Solo...

    Fetching water, the Solo way...

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    Day 494 – Solo

    Thursday, August 16th, 2007

    Yogyakarta -> Solo (homestay)
    Distance (km) : 71
    Time on bike : 3h 40m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 13.00
    Avg : 19.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 41.0 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.378

    Farming.

    The fantastic longan fruit!

    Animal transport near Yogyakarta...

    Merapi vulcano

    Becaks in Solo

    Beggar in Solo.

    Becaks waiting in Solo

    Plastique

    Solo kampung

    Solo girl...

    Solo kids.

    Solo kids.

    Solo colonial building...

    Nothing's too big or bulky!

    Solo details at sunset...

    Solo at sunset...

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    Day 493 – Borobudur Temple

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Borobudur

    Danish dynamite - Badminton player Peter Gade who occasionally play tricks with the Indonesian pros...

    Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

    Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

    Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

    Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

    Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

    Details. Borobudur Temple, NW of Yogyakarta, central Java.

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    A Sundanese Wedding and a Javanese Map

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Internet is very inefficient and slow here in Indonesia (am i repeating myself?) and I know I’ve been all too quite these last 3 weeks. I’m trying to get my @-tongue back in business. Meanwhile, have a look at the Java map. My route so far: Jakarta, Bogor, Puncak Pass (1450 mas.), Bandung (with daytrips to Tangkuban Parahu Volcano and Kawah Putih volcano lake), Cipanas (near Garut), Papandayan Volcano, Tasikmalaya, Galunggung Volcano, Cipatujah (experiencing that horrible 7.5 magnitude earthqueke!), Pangandaran (after having crashed a Sundanese wedding along the way, dancing (I was forced!) on stage with 200 gazing guests), Gombong, Yogyakarta (bagged Borobudur today)…and the party goes on!

    Map of Java

    Til next time!

    Nicolai

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    Day 492 – Yogya city tour

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

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    Sleepy becak driver in Yogyakarta

    Indonesian flags celebrating the nation's independence August 17, 1945.

    Inside the big central mosque in Yogyakarta...

    Yogya woman.

    Roof tops. Yogyakarta.

    Yogyakarta bird market...

    Gamelan musicians at the royal palace, Yogyakarta.

    Leather puppets. The making of...

    Leather puppets.

    Yogya's main market

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    Day 491 – Gombong -> Yogyakarta (hotel)

    Monday, August 13th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 126
    Time on bike : 6h 22m
    Brutto time: 07.45 – 15.00
    Avg : 20.1 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.307

    Having a break on my way to Yogya...

    Entering bustling Yogyakarta...

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    Day 490 – Pangandaran -> Gombong (hotel)

    Sunday, August 12th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 146!
    Time on bike : 7h 41m
    Brutto time: 08.35 – 17.35
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max speed: 49.8 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.181

    Siomay dish - very tasty!

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    Day 489 – Rest day in Pangandaran

    Saturday, August 11th, 2007

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    The damages after the 2006 tsunami that hit Pangandaran hard is still very visible in some places...

    Tandems in Pangandaran...

    Seafood in Pangandaran...

    Drying fish in Pangandaran...

    Fishing boats. Pangandaran, central Java.

    Fisherman. Pangandaran, central Java.

    Fishing activities. Pangandaran.

    Pull, pull, pull...

    Pangandaran at the Indian Ocean...

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    Day 488 – Deification

    Friday, August 10th, 2007

    Kampung Bantarpari -> Pangandaran (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 64
    Time on bike : 4h 08m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 17.00
    Avg : 15.4 km/h
    Max speed: 39.9 km/h
    Total (km) : 19.035

    Girl's squad

    Girl's squad

    Semi-deserted beach on Java's south coast...

    House on stilts. Central Java.

    Great colours at The Green Valley west of Pangandaran.

    Cave at The Green Valley

    Cave at The Green Valley

    The Green Valley. Central Java.

    The Green Valley. Central Java.

    The Green Valley. Central Java.

    Coconuts.

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    Day 487 – Earth quake over Java!

    Thursday, August 9th, 2007

    Cipatujah -> Kampung Bantarpari (private family)
    Distance (km) : 35
    Time on bike : 2h 40m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 13.00
    Avg : 13.0 km/h
    Max speed: 27.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 18.971

    Turtle babies. Java, Indonesia

    Turtle babies. Java, Indonesia

    Road side farmer. Java. Indonesia.

    The Dutch built most of the bridges on Java during the colonial period

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    Day 486 – The Gunung Galunggung Volcano

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

    Tasikmalaya -> Cipatujah (earthquake hotel)
    Distance (km) : 77
    Time on bike : 4h 15m
    Brutto time: 14.00 – 18.45
    Avg : 18.1 km/h
    Max speed: 57.8 km/h
    Total (km) : 18.936

    The Magnificent Galungguung Volcano (in a new, sort of home-made panorama version)

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    Day 485 – I just keep loving it here!

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Cipanas -> Tasikmalaya (private family)
    Distance (km) : 71
    Time on bike : 4h 03m
    Brutto time: 06.00 – 17.30
    Avg : 17.4 km/h
    Total (km) : 18.859

    Welcome to the Papandayan Volcano, Western Java.

    Papandayan Volcano

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    Day 484 – That Wild West Feeling

    Monday, August 6th, 2007

    Bandung -> Cipanas (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 69
    Time on bike : 4h 26m
    Brutto time: 08.45 – 15.00
    Avg : 15.5 km/h
    Max speed: 64.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 18.789

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    Volcano hunting in Western Java…

    Sunday, August 5th, 2007

    Just a quickie to make sure that I’m still very fine, in good health and spirit and all that jazz.

    I arrived in Bandung, the 4th biggest city in Indonesia 3 days ago after 2 nights in Bogor south of Jakarta.

    This area – like the rest of Java – is packed with volcanoes, bubbling and steaming geysers, mud pools etc. and I’ve been busy hunting them for the last few days. It sure has been a fantastic adventure! The people (and even the ubiquitous Hello, mister!), the food, the amazing scenery, the weather, it’s all super.

    I’ll post photos and text bites as soon as I can. The @-cafe scene is not very developed here in Indonesia and the connection is slow.

    But hang on, I will get back to you…always :-)

    Nicolai

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    Day 483 – Hisbuz Tahrir in Bandung

    Sunday, August 5th, 2007

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    Day 482 – Kawah Putihs magical crater lake

    Saturday, August 4th, 2007

    Top 5 South East Asian Cuisine

    1 – Singapore
    2 – Thailand
    3 – Malaysia
    4 – Indonesia
    5 – Vietnam

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    Day 481 – The Tangkuban Prahu Volcano

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

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    Day 480 – Bogor -> Bandung via Puncak Pass

    Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

    Bogor -> Bandung via Puncak Pass
    Distance (km) : 122
    Time on bike : 7h 8m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 16.2 km/h
    Total (km) : 18.720

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    Day 479 – Bogor Botanical Gardens

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

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