Would I recognise Bali after spending time in the chaos of much-developed Java? I had my concerns, but within minutes it was confirmed that I was definitely there. How did I know? Multitudes of frangipani trees with their unique structural form? Perhaps the Hindu influence in every detail of stonework, in even the simplest home? [...]
Author Archive: Rebecca Francis
Rebecca's first big adventure began at barely 15 months of age, a 12 month caravan sojourn around Europe giving her a taste for travel the strongest mouthwash would never remove. Typically a solo traveler she embraces the freedom of reducing one's worldly goods to a single backpack. In between all-too-brief trips, she works as a vet in Melbourne, dreaming of her next South-east Asian odyssey.
“If Jakarta is the powerhouse of Java, Yogyakarta is its soul.” (Lonely Planet guidebook) But where does Yogja’s soul reside? Not in the endless batik scams, or 24 hour McDonalds (‘would you like rice with that?’ – no kidding). Certainly not in the traffic that an enthusiastic snail might pass (were there snails foolish enough [...]
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Ever washed an elephant in a thunderstorm? The thick, coarsely haired skin, playful splashing by trunk and ears, a comparatively tiny eye looking on passively as it is lying side-on in the river. As us tourists sit astride said pachyderms, we make easy progress through flooded rivers, near-virgin (and fiercely protected) forest on one side and endless palm plantations [...]