Saturday, November 14, 2009

Java Jamboree: Taking a Train to Solo

From Jogjakarta, we moved on to Surakarta aka Solo and that just being 60 km away, it was such an easy thing to do. There is a train to Solo every half hour or so and you would like us, not mind standing all the way to this city where one of the most prominent South East Asian terrorists, Noordin M. Top was reportedly killed in a shootout on September 17th 2009. Perhaps, you would shudder to know too that in the early 1980s, an Islamic school, Pesantren Ngruki was established here by Abu Bakar Bashir and Husein Al Habshi and a group with connections to the Ngruki school plotted violent attack on foreign tourists in the nearby Borobudur temple and on the island of Bali. If you like us, were not aware of the facts, then you would enjoy your wait at the railway station in Jogjakarta, drinking in the sight of cute Indonesian toddlers and the adults going through the hustle and bustle of everyday Indonesian life and taking the pleasant ride passed farms while you try the local fruit, buah salak...

Can you spot the buah Salak?

Traveling Tip: Don't worry unnecessarily!


Liudmila said...

Psychologists say, the humans worry about something like terrorist danger for 3 days, than continue thseir normal life.

footiam said...

People forget which is good.

abd. halim hadi said...

fast for fun reading here. Nice blog.
Keep writing.

Have another serving of Travel Pangs!