Explore This! Indonesia

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on June 28, 2010 @ 12:00 pm 7 comments

This week, we travel to Indonesia, to see the sites and lifestyle this group of islands has to offer. I’ve been reading Sea by Heidi R. Kling, where Sienna, the main character travels with her father’s group, Team Hope, to help out at an orphange. The kids living there include a large number that were devastatingly affected by the tsunami in 2004. The worst of the impact hit an area called Aceh, so Kling’s Sea features a character, Deni,  from this area who survived but lost his family, as did so many others.

Most of the story takes place in Yogyakarta (also known as Jogja, Yogya, Jogjakarta) which is in Java. There’s discussion of the different religions that are found in this part of the world, from Buddhism, illustrated by the temple Borobudur, as seen in these first 2 images (which is a very popular tourist attraction) to the Islamic religion which is more practiced now, especially by the children at the fictional orphanage.

These next images highlight the natural beauty of Yogyakarta as well as the lifestyle and living conditions. There are glorious mountains and oceanfont yet poverty abounds here that these natural resources alone cannot cure.

A picture of the the tsunami as it’s about to hit land:

These last 2 pictures are from Aceh. See the beauty of this temple followed by the a small taste of the wreckage left behind by the tidal wave.

To me, this still looks like it would make for a very interesting visit. For those able, the idea behind Kling’s Team Hope, a group of people donating time and resources to an area still desperately in need of help, it would be an awesome feeling to do the same. What do you think?

To learn more about the tsunami, click here to read the Wikipedia entry.

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Vampires and Tofu June 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, what an awesome post! Loved the pictorial tour and will keep these in mind when I'm reading the book =)

  • Jenny N. June 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I would love to visit South east asia someday. At first glance I thought the pic of the tsunami hitting was photoshopped or something.

  • JenM June 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I've visited Indonesia twice to go diving and it is a beautiful and amazing place, filled with very friendly people. I haven't had a chance to go to Yogyakarta but your pictures definitely made me want to do so.

  • mariska June 29, 2010 at 8:34 am

    WOW ! I'm so honored when i read about this post…Thank you for Exploring MY country Jackie 🙂

  • Jackie June 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Vamps&Tofu – Thanks! We get to use our imagination a lot while reading but it never hurts to have visual reinforcement too 🙂

    Jenny – I can't imagine standing there watching that coming towards me. My heart goes out to all of those that survived and to the families affected by loss.

    Jen- Thank you! It does look beautiful. Again, not one of those places I'd had on my wish list until you see the pics. Stunning!

    Mariska – It is a gorgeous country. I'm glad you liked the post; I hope I did it justice!

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) July 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    See, I would love to travel and take in the sights like these. I would find that to be an amazing thing to do. To learn and take wonderful pictures like these, and see them in person. 🙂 Thanks again for a wonderful journey.

  • Jackie July 2, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Melissa – Yes! I so wish I could claim these pics as my own (except for the tsunami one). I glad you enjoyed 🙂

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