Saturday, December 30, 2017

INDONESIA - Train travel

Another long train journey took us from Yogyakarta to Malang, a former Dutch colonial city in east Java. We were too late to book Eksecutif class, so this time we travelled Ekonomi class. The seats are actually more comfortable than they look and the carriage was half empty so we had four seats for the two of us. Another advantage was that the windows weren't tinted. That and the slower speed of the train compared to the express from Jakarta meant that photos from the window were sharper and more true in colour.

At every road crossing we saw the usual swarm of motorbikes clustered in the front line.

Outside the towns, the landscape was a dream-come-true tropical paradise, except perhaps for the clouds threatening rain. However, it was only the beginning of the monsoon season, so although showers were intense, they were brief.

Construction was a regular sight.

We were impressed by these workers carrying heavy concrete blocks on their shoulders.
Behind their worksite you can see small homes with clay-tiled roofs. These seemed to be typical of the area around Malang.

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