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Getting Lost in Indonesia

Indonesia is such a magical place that I never thought I would end up in. A chance encounter in Singapore and then next thing I knew I was on a 35 minute ferry to Batam, Indonesia. A business center, close to Singapore, lots of multinational companies, not a tourist place – just a place to do business. From there the adventure began and for now the pictures will do the talking. From mountains, rice fields, Hindu temples, Muslim holy sites, breath-taking beaches, and the sweetest people on earth. Indonesia will enchant you.

Bali,​ ​never​ ​ceases​ ​to​ ​amaze me, from​ ​magnificent​ ​mountains​ ​to​ ​rugged
coastlines​ ​to​ ​volcanic​ ​hillsides​ ​to​ ​black​ ​sandy beaches,​ ​it’s​ ​no​ ​surprise​ ​Bali​ ​is​ ​known​ ​as​ ​the
Island​ ​of​ ​the​ ​gods.​ ​Located​ ​between​ ​the​ ​Java and​ ​Lombok​ ​island,​ ​Bali​ ​boasts​ ​a​ ​rich​ ​and
diverse​ with a  ​predominantly Hindu​ ​culture​ that is​ ​rare​ ​form​ ​in​ ​the Muslim​ ​dominated​ ​country​ ​of​ ​Indonesia.​ ​It​ ​was in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​1970s​ ​that​ ​a​ ​flock​ ​of​ ​hippies​ ​went​ ​on to​ ​explore​ ​this​ ​beautiful​ ​island,​ ​especially​ ​the beaches​ ​of​ ​Kuta​ ​that​ ​attracted​ ​many​ ​surfers.
You’ll​ ​be​ ​amazed​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how​ ​the​ ​city​ ​still​ ​retains ts​ ​purification​ ​rituals​ ​by​ ​priests​ ​in​ ​white​ ​as​ ​well as​ ​the​ ​​ ​use​ ​of​ ​natural​ ​materials​ ​like​ ​bamboo​ ​and​ ​coconut​ ​wood​ ​for​ ​architectural​ ​work​ ​and​ ​many​ ​other​ ​purposes.

For me, the best of the best, the locally grown coffee made every morning such a treat!

 

2 thoughts on “Getting Lost in Indonesia

  1. Very fascinating. I heard that Jews face intolerance in Indonesia and that because Israel and Indonesia don’t have diplomatic relations, Israelis can’t enter. Do you know if there’s any truth to that and if it’s safe for Jews? I see you were there but did you have to hide your religion?

    • It’s a complicated situation. Indonesia has over 11000 islands. 60000 Indonesians visited Israel last year and with an Israeli passport you can get a tourist or business visa.
      There aren’t diplomatic relations but we have chambers of commerce and close to a billion dollars in trade every year.
      Certain areas like Bali with majority Hindus there is a lot of tolerance, don’t have to hide your religion and even an Israeli flag flying in front of a certain hotel. Some areas like Mnado – majority Christian also very tolerant and there is even an active synagogue. In East Java where I spent a lot of time I was even able to make Shabbat meals with the help of a friendly baker that let me use his oven to make challah and some overnight stew.

      Hopefully we are moving closer to normal relationship, with both countries standing to gain so much when that happens.

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