Myles Harrington

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A Tale of Two Cities (And a Town)

In Indonesia on August 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Bandung, The capital of West Java, was our next destination on the tour. With a population of 2 million is famous for factory outlets. Something that doesn’t remotely interest me or my overflowing backpack. We arrived by train, which was a very quick and easy way to travel in Indonesia. The views of the Puncak pass were incredible from the train window. Waterfalls, endless amounts of rice paddy fields and mountains were just a few of the highlights scattered on the landscape. The train was even on time! Bandung’s station was great too, a fancy new building and we managed to find a well priced room, with natural light for once, practically on the station’s front door.

The mountain massive

We didn’t do much in Bandung, we went to see yet another film – Inception, which was brilliant and only £1.20 – at the amazing Bandung Supermal. It is so super it even has a theme park inside it. We walked there because Lonely Planet said it was only 1km away. It took about two hours. Still, at least it’s good exercise to hopefully keep at bay the belly I’ve got whilst being away.

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The Calming Influence of Krui

In Indonesia on July 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

A natural stop off point on the route down through Sumatra was the town of Bengkulu on the coast. The bus ride was an average 16 hour ride in an ekonomi bus with seats s small that it’s as if the coach was designed to transport the borrowers, they didn’t recline and it had tiny windows that didn’t let in a breeze. To make matters worse the bus was a ‘full music coach’, one of the selling points of Indonesian public transport. This meant that they played a happy-hardcore-pop-synth tune on repeat that used a one line Anthrax ft. Public Enemy sample. This continued on and off until 4am and then they started to play it again at 7am; at full blast. At 3am I nearly got up and said something but all the other passengers seemed content with it. I suppose at least it meant the driver didn’t fall asleep.

The 'full music' coach of misery

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