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Indonesia: Island paradise Karimun Jawa

July 2014


Karimun Jawa is a group of islands at the northcoast of Java. Shireen and I decide to stay there for a few days.


There are not many tourists, so it is easy to find a place at the beach to pitch the tent


The water is very clear, you can go snorkeling right ftom the beach


The sunsets are beatiful





One night there is a thunderstorm, but it is far away


During Ramadan many people go to the mosque in the evening


This is a really relaxed place


A small shop and restaurant are managed by a nice family


Not many tourists find this place


Family portrait – theyr dream is it to build some bungalows or a small guesthouse. For now they rent only one room in their house.


People from the village make music in the afternoon


the youngest one is very talented










Space for a tent is easy to find on this island




fresh fish


deep fried


evening at the tent.

Indonesia: Gunung Kidul



July 2014


Gunung Kidul is a region southeast of Yogya. Good roads, less traffic and a lot of steep hills.

Indonesia: Impressions of Yogyakarta



June/July 2014

Yogyakarta is known as the cultural center of the Island Java. It is a student city with several universitys. I show you here what I captured with my camera.


This vehicel is powered by pedals and has a music system

Indonesia: Merbabu – Mountain of Ash



Merbabu – Mountain of Ash

July 2014

The vulcano Merbabu (meru=mountain, abu=ash) is the twin vulcano of Merapi, and just 10 km away. Unlike Merapi, Merbabu is not an active vulcano and not dangerous. Starting point for this adventure is again the village of Selo. But this tiem we want to hike down on the other side of the mountain, so we don´t go by motorbike. Instead we reach Selo by a mix of bus, hitchiking and walking.


Transportation is slow in Indonesia and it is already dark when Shireen and I reach selo. In the dark we walk to the basecamp and pitch our tent.

Indonesia: Merapi – Mountain of Fire


Juni 2014

The vulcano Merapi (meru = mountain, api = fire) is one of the most dangerous and active vulcanos in the world. It is situated 35 km north of Yogyakarta and easy reachable for a small adventure. A friend of mine from the froghouse and I grab a tent, warm cloth, some food and water and make our way to Selo, a village situated at the foot of the mountain.


Merapi is covered in thick clouds when Shireen and I arrive by motorbike at the basecamp in the afternoon.

Indonesia: Bike trip to Borobodur

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Java, Juni 2014


Together with Adrian, my warmshower host, I go on a cycle trip to the famous Borobodur temple. It is about 50 km away from Yogyakarta. We find a place to sleep in an artist community.

Indonesia: Ramadan at Froghouse



June 2014

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and the fasting month of Muslims. In the Koran is written that it is forbidden to consume food, drinks and cigarettes between sunrise and sunset. Sex and drunkenness are also prohibited. At the end of Ramadan the fast breaking feast, Eid al-fitr, is celebrated for 3 days. Together with Eid al-Adha it is the most important holiday of the Muslims.


photo by viga


Indonesia: Friendship




Java, May/June 2014

For me it is difficult sometimes to establish new friendships. Too short are the encounters with people. Often only a few minutes or hours, at best an entire evening or a day or two. As a traveler you are more open to people and things, and conversations can get on a personal level easily. You talk openly about everything, everyone knows that the time together is limited. But even though I’ve learned to get very close with someone in a short time – can real friendship develop in such a short time?



Indonesia: The police man who is too nice


Sumatra, May 2014

Actually, I don`t like policemen or soldiers or other persons of authority and, if possible, I try to stay away from them. I remember the encounter with the secret police in Iran or a situation in India, when a police officer tried to intimidate me and demanded money. And of course the events in Myanmar.  My aversion is not directly against these people (there are also nice policemen) but against the function they fulfill in society or the state and what that does to them.