Indonesia: Java

Parangtritis: "Labuhan"

May 11, 2005

On our flight from Bali to Yogya, Utami and I met a young Balinese man. He was escorting a group to Parangtritis to observe Labuhan,the annual "offerings" ceremony. On Sunday morning, Ut and I sped south to that fishing village on the wild Indian Ocean coast.

Parangtritis has a beach of sweeping black sand and powerful undertows so dangerous that even the local people lining the beach screamed and scampered away, protecting their children from the waves coming ashore.

Yogyakarta: "Utami and Imogiri"



May 10, 2005

"Java, with a population of over 130 million people, is one of the most populous islands on earth. With an area of 132,000 sq km, it is over half the size of England, but the population is twice as large. The density is double that of The Netherlands, Europe's most densely populated country."

Simply put, Java is carpeted with people.

I have met a few and now I have several new friends.