Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Interesting side mounted engine on this boat as we approached our berth...

Morning haze in the Semarang Harbor & view of an old lighthouse....

Fish & shrimp "ponds" of the tidal flow harbor in Semarang &...

Terraced rice fields and the early morning tending to them

Plantains (or some kind of fried bananas) & a vegetable/onion fritter, served...

Upclass toilet facilities (French/European style) found in many parts of Indonesia. Tiled...

Coffee plants planted among spice trees at the Coffee Plantation

A busy market in every town found on the way to Borobudur....

Example of the many volcanoes dotting Java and several live volcanoes near...

This hillside is terraced with mango & coffee for future harvest. They...

Great shot of an active volcano as we get nearer to Borobudur-later...

A Northwesterly view of the Borobudur temple/shrine in the early morning (09:30)...

Some of the Stuppas (on top) & the alcoves sheltering the Buddhas....

Direct view of the active volcano from Borobudur temple/shrine before the clouds...

One of 4 panels about how Buddha came to be. This is...

Example of original structure & panels; the block work to the right...

Buddha in one of 4 positions (& hand jestures)-this one on the...

one of few uncovered Buddhas, this one in a contemplative jesturing position...

A closeup of Buddha's head from one of the few uncovered statues....

The "big" Stuppa (highest level 5) that supposedly kept the "best" statues,...

Level 4 statue of Buddha left uncovered (this is the diamond latice...

Many religous faiths visit this Buddhist/Hindu temple/shrine. People are very tolerant of...

The Muslim girls mother of the previous photo gets "enlightment" by touching...

Eastern sheltered Buddha with the "enlightened" hand jesture

Eastern entrance most people start to level 1 & then start left...

Temple beast guarding each entry to the temple/shrine

Sheltered Buddha & water drainage gargoyle below (found on each level). Water...

As the sun shifts, many Buddha's can be see without heads-thieves removed...

View from the South Eastern side and several restoration umbrellas for work...

Entertainment provided to us while we enjoyed our noonday lunch & cooling...

Vendors set up stalls nearby our lunch to give us a quick...

Bicycle richshaw stand is giving way to the moped/motorbike & auto in...

Friendly residents all along the way waved to our buses-here we see...

Bamboo works better than steel for scaffolding-it's more resilient, plentiful, cheap, does...

Power paddy turning of the mud helps farmers reap 3-4 harvests a...

results of power rice paddy turning & the hand scythe helps cut...

School kids waiting under roof eaves from the rain, & welcoming the...

Local market on the way back from Borobudur, here lots of bananas...

Jack fruit (large gree/brown ones hanging from roof) and Rambalton (red ones...

2 separate Mosques, the one on left a large congregation & one...

Road to the highway from residential homes can be muddy, long &...

This Mosque has lots of stainless steel, chrome, porcelean tiles & currently...

"Poachers" line up for dinner, staking out their territory to catch penned...

Life in the low areas of Semarang shows the "bottom class" of...

Entetainment by a local "troup" welcome us back to our ship just...

Flood tide & protective harbor seawall guiding ships out to navagation lanes...


Late arrival in Semarang, Indonesia (18:00-6 pm) did not allow many of us to depart the ship (nor us). Most of the ship has an early (06:15) departure, tomorrow for a historical restored Buddhist temple: Borobudur.

Early to rise is just the order for today. Ellie & Debbie did not want to go for a 3 hr drive (one way), nor did they want to climb stairs, nor see an old temple in the heat & humidity, so I went to Hindu/Buddhist temple of Borobudur, built in 780 to 850 AD, it chronicles the life in stone of Siddhartha who became "enlightened" as a child to a god-like entity & the focus of Buddhism religion based on the Hindu religion. Buddha's chronicled life is chiseled into the stone blocks & linked together on 4 levels of this 5 tiered monument to the way to enlightenment. From the "sacred" birth by "immaculate" conception & born a "man-child," from childhood to manhood & enlightenment as Buddha, it is amazing the effort it took to put together these interlocked stones, monuments & carvings.

Our bus ride was also interesting on the way there because we were able to see how the citizens of this country lived and the diversity of class & ethnicity in Java. It was also amazing to see the agriculture & numerous huge volcanoes (and some very active, still) and how near to population developments the volcanoes were. Fortunately, we stopped half way there at a coffee plantation/hotel that is supported by the government for the benefit of tourism, for a "potty break," a chance to stretch our legs & get a "snack" & drink before we continued our journey.

Upon reaching the site, we all got a bottle of water to take along for the hot, humid trek up the monument for the next 2 & 1/2 hours. There were about 500 people doing the same thing we were: sightseeing. In a predominately Muslim nation, Hindu, Buddhism & Christianity are all tolerated & therefore all the religions were interested in this monument built over 1200 years ago and only rediscovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the Attorney General of the British possession of Java. This monument fell into disrepair & was forgotten for centuries but has undergone 2 major restorations with the remaining stones that were rescued in these efforts. It is really an amazing effort to see the results of the determined, massive restoration; the results shows in the attendance to the site and continued support of the public & government.

Fortunately, we were served a good Javan lunch of vegetables, fruits, fish &/or beef with a couple of cold drinks. After the rest & sating our hunger pangs & thirst, we loaded back on our 13 buses & headed back to the ship so, we could leave for Singapore by 16:30 (4:30 pm). Most of us dozed asleep from the strenuous walk, heat prostration & welcomed lunch and the boarding of our ship, was a relief from the tour's rigors of all that "excursioning." Tomorrow is a day at sea on our way to Singapore & a little rest until we have more "excursions!"

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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