Clove cigarettes, rice and the call to morning prayer
|With Lisa, visiting the temples of Prambanan (Hindu)|
|Sweet red rice, fruit jelly (pink) and fruit|
Unlike in Europe, smoking is still ubiquitous in Indonesia. Here in Java, most men smoke. It's almost a surprise if someone doesn't. And they do it everywhere. In restaurants, in hotel rooms, on the bus. Even on climatized air-con buses with "no smoking" signs, the bus driver, the conductor and the passengers sitting close to the doors will often smoke. And usually clove scented cigarettes. In old days, Indonesian cloves were exported throughout the whole world. Today, Indonesia has to import cloves due to it's peoples love for kretek (clove cigarettes).
|Visiting a microcredit project in rural Central Java|
Indonesia is the largest predominantly Muslim nation in this world. And religion is very present in everyday life. A lot of women choose to cover their hair, mosques are ubiquitous in Java and so are the calls to prayer. Five times a day, every day. In the beginning, I always woke up with the first "allahu akbar" of the day. After two weeks or so, I started to sleep through and only wake up at 7, when it's getting too hot to sleep in our room. (I hope none of my friends will take offence in this. I respect everyone's religion, I'm just not a religions person myself.)
And here are the pictures of my first 27 days in Indonesia