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Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Traditional way of carrying things in IndonesiaTraditional way of carrying things in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vortex of chaos and following no rule whatsoever. But it is still common to see on the side of the roads, farmers and local people trying to escape this dubious "progress" and using to carry goods, old bicycle loaded with big bamboo baskets filled to capacity.

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty and richness can be found one next to the other. The Travel photo of yesterday, picturing becak drivers resting, is contrasting with the luxurious details visible inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton) in Yogyakarta. The Golden hall, a traditional javanese wooden pavillon, reachly decorated, is standing out from the rest of the structures inside the Kraton.

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

Becak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palaceBecak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palace

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle rickshaws, locally known ad Becak. The drivers are usually very poor, some of them don't even have shoes, and they pass most of their day on the Becak itself. Clients are scarce and competition is high, so it's not unusual to see them resting under the hot indonesian sun, while waiting for the next client. Photo taken next to the Sultan Palace (Kraton) in Yogyakarta.

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

View of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of Mystras

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, was an unexpected surprise during our trip in Greece. It's the main attraction of the city of Sparti, situated a few kilometers away. Mystras brings the scars of the Ottoman invasion it suffered in the past, and of time taking back this abandoned jewel.

Browsing photos in internet we were not sure if we wanted to visit it it or not, but after doing so, we can say that in reality it's much nicer and more interesting than it can be described by any image. It's much bigger than it looks, so it deserves several hours for a full visit!

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

Davide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a cave

We have been in Peloponnesos in Greece for the last for weeks, mostly camping since there aren't many residents in the area to look for hospitality. Many houses in the villages were actually abandoned. This picture of me taken by Oti, is well representing our last weeks on the road, with no electricity and internet to update our website. We were brought to this cave in Mani Region by a driver that picked us up while hitchhiking and was taking his dog to walk in the area in the morning. A very peaceful place directly on the beach and with sea view from the tent.

Parthenon at night, Athens

The Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus HillThe Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus Hill

One of the characteristics that stroke me the most in Athens, was its structure, being built over a valley that looks like an amphitheater looking at the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis hill, simulating a stage. So basically the possible point of views of the Parthenon are endless. But one of the best viewpoint to appreciate the panorama is definitely Lycabettus Hill. We went there right before sunset, so that we could enjoy the view with daylight, at sunset and at night. After the darkness covered Athens, and the Parthenon dressed his best dress of light, the view was quite dramatic. The Parthenon was standing colorful over the Acropolis, the only note of color, contrasting with the gray-blue tint of the city. To finish this metaphysics painting, the ships in front of Piraeus port, were standing still in the water, like fireflies in a summer night, but without movement.

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

The view from our Cottage in Evia IslandThe view from our Cottage in Evia Island

It has been almost 2 weeks now that we are housesitting in the Greek Island of Evia experimenting with our Digital Nomads lifestyle. While it is very close to Athens (45 km by bus and 45 min by ferry) it is a very remote location: we are on the south east of Evia Island (Also called Euboea) 30 min driving from the closest village. We are having a nice time here, even if we had some secondary problems, in particular with satellite internet that didn't work for 10 days, and only yesterday I was able to fix it after a long effort. During the day there is an amazing view of the surroundings, and at night the clear sky is welcoming us full of stars. At the same time it's sometimes a little bit spooky. Yesterday night the sky was eventually clear after a storm, but you could still see the frequent flashes lighting up the clear sky, probably lightnings far away; at the same time in the direction of the sea it was visible a strange light, what for me was a fisherman boat but for Oti an Ufo. Then at three at night some strange noise, something scratching our door and pushing trying to enter inside: it was just "Public" one of the dog we are taking care of here, but Oti got so scared, that my sleep was ruined for all the night. Now we are enjoying satellite internet that is eventually working and some rays of light passing through the sky, despite the air is still cold (We were expecting to swim on the sea being in the south of Greece in April, but we actually need to light the fire to warm up!). In a few hours we will go to play a little bit tennis in our "private" court. After all not a bad retreat for a digital nomad, isn't it?

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

 View over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - DamView over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - Dam

Four days ago we went hiking in the area of Kardzhali, in the south of Bulgaria, and we were really impressed with the views. We were looking in particular for a specific viewpoint of the Kardzhali Reservoir, an artificial lake constricted by two dams. About three years ago when I was in Sofia, I visited an open air photo exhibition of places to visit in Bulgaria. The captions were in Cyrillic, so I couldn't understand anything, but I took a photo of a picture showing an amazing oxbow, not knowing where was it. Three years later I found out it was in the area of Kardhzali, and then analyzing the satellite images I was able to find the exact spot. Despite the weather wasn't the best, it was a beautiful hike to reach the viewpoint, not only the oxbow was impressive, but we enjoyed many other views over the Kardzhali reservoir, strange rock formations, local villages and a suspended bridge over the water. In the end we succeeded with our treasure hunting and we sat on a rock for a couple of hours having lunch and enjoying the view.

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Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vorte ...

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty ...

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle ricksha ...

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, was an unexpected surprise durin ...

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

We have been in Peloponnesos in Greece for the last for weeks, mostly camping since there are ...

Parthenon at night, Athens

One of the characteristics that stroke me the most in Athens, was its structure, being built ...

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

It has been almost 2 weeks now that we are housesitting in the Greek Island of Evia experimen ...

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

  Four days ago we went hiking in the area of Kardzhali, in the south of Bulgaria, and we ...

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