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Batukaras!

Surf village and a warm welcome

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Hey guys!

After an 8 hour ride from Bandung to Batukaras, we are finally at the sea - and will stay here a few weeks! Batukaras is a small village near Panganderan. People here are very friendly and relaxed! You will find a good surfer community with nice homestays and a lovely hotel called "Java Cove". As we came earlier than we expected, we slept one night in a stylish little bamboo hut with the most beautiful outdoor-bathroom! It is called "Lagoon Beach Bungalows". Breakfast is also included and you have your own terrace. Everyone who loves Yoga, will love this place! The only minus-point is, that you walk about 20mins to the surf spot. If you rent a motor bike, it should not be more than 5 minutes. Motor bikes cost around 50.000 IDR for a day and everyone drives them here. Batukaras has a lot of small markets to buy water, cold drinks and some basic stuff like tooth-paste. A lot of cheap restaurants are in the area with main courses (Nasi Goreng, Rengdang, fresh fish or BBQ) for 30.000 IDR. Beer is available at some places, but if you like wine oder cocktails, you will need to visit the hotel bar of Java Cove. Alcohol is quite expensive in general.
After our first night here, we need to move to another place and choosed Java Cove. It is a really beautiful hotel with a familiar atmosphere and only few rooms. On the first level, you can see the break and you can watch out, if it is worth to go for a session. They also have a very nice chill-out and pool area, a good breakfast included and nice music. Sunset is early at around 5:45 pm, so we usually go to bed at 10 pm and wake up around 6 am. Even if one is surfing and the other one is doing Yoga, you can watch if everyone is fine. The bigger part of the beach is for fisher boats, but there is a bay inbetween. Go for a walk to watch the fishermen - it is really interesting! People here are very interested in us and sometimes want to take pictures with us. Also a deaf masseur is at the beach to get you fit after surfing - he is really good! Expect a quite, friendly place were you can have surf sessions from beginners to intermediate, very nice for longboarding! Today we had small waves, but swell will come till the end of the week.
You won't like Batukaras if you are searching for big parties! During the week are only surfers from Japan, Australia and some European here. On weekends, the locals come with their families. If you enjoy a quite and polite handling, nice food and a long wave go for Batukaras! It is worth to take the long ride ;)

Hang loose!
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 23:55 Archived in Austria Tagged beach java surfing batukaras Comments (0)

Packing our emergency medicine

...for surfing and hiking

Hello!

Our departure is getting sooner and we are getting more excited. Today we started to pack our emergency medicine. As we will go surfing and a bit of hiking, we decided to focus on cuts, but also malaria medication is in our luggage and some antibiotics in case of... everything ;)
Avoidance is the main point when it comes to diseases like Dengue fever or Malaria. We will use No Bites for skin and clothes and we will also take a travel mosquito net with us. For any kinds of pain, we have paracetamol in our bag. But be careful: do not use it, if you get Dengue fever!! Every medicine that is blood-thining, is counterproductive! Ibuprofen is the agent you should work with. Take a clinical thermother with you to monitor your condition if you feel sick.

In case of deep cuts and no possibility of a hospital/doctor, we choosed stripes as well as desinfection (spray and cream) and rash cream.
Another point could be diarrhea ;). Take care of yourself and put some charcoal tablet and electrolytes.

AND USE SUNCREAM!!!!

In any case: visit a doctor/hospital if you are unsure about your health situation! Take care of you & your travel partner and also check your travel insurance!

Stay healthy and if you are prepared, everything will be fine :)

Your Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 12:01 Archived in Austria Tagged indonesia medicine emergency Comments (0)

Vaccines for Java

Which vaccines are required?

First of all, vaccines depends on the island you choose in Indonesia. The further information is for Java. Another point is, how long you stay and in which areas. You need different kind of vaccines if you are on a low budget tour, doing lots of outdoor activities or you stay at a rural area.
Malaria, for example, is not a big problem in Java, except you stay at a rural area. If you use a good mosquito prevention, you just need an emergency medication with you. Dengue fever is a problem on the island and therefor you aren't able to vaccine or use a medication program. BUT you can prevent it by using mosquito protection day and night. Besides your standard vaccines, you should overthink following possibilities:

Hepatis A + B, Typhoid, Polio!

Japanese Encephalitis:

You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Indonesia and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Indonesia or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in Indonesia

Rabies

Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Indonesia, so CDC recommends this vaccine for the following groups:

Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities (such as camping, hiking, biking, adventure travel, and caving) that put them at risk for animal bites.
People who will be working with or around animals (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, and researchers).
People who are taking long trips or moving to Indonesia
Children, because they tend to play with animals, might not report bites, and are more likely to have animal bites on their head and neck.

Cholera

spread through consumption of contaminated water and food. It would be unusual for travellers to contract cholera if they take basic precautions with food and water and maintain a good standard of hygiene.
Risk is higher during floods and after natural disasters, in areas with very poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water.

Risk is highest for humanitarian aid workers; those working in refugee camps or slums; those caring for people with cholera.

In any case, you should consider your doctor for further informations!

And you should figure two things out:
Use the best mosquito protection you can find & RELAX, it is your holiday!

Posted by The Soulfeeders 12:38 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

New Visa Regulations // Indonesian Embassy in Vienna

Do I need a visa as an Austrian citizen? Do I need to visit the Embassy in Vienna?

Hello again,

after we booked our flight to Indonesia, we started with a check list. It's quite good to organize some stuff, so you won't forget important things.
Most important thing is the visa for your trip. There is a new regulation, which is very tourist friendly.

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If you are staying less then 30 days, you do need a visa at all!

In our case, we need a 60 days visa!

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In the case of stays exceeding 30 days or for any purpose other than tourism, Austrian citizens can apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy in Vienna or obtain a visa on arrival upon entering Indonesia. In cases where the traveler holds only a temporary passport or emergency passport, the said passport holder can only apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy in Vienna.
The passport used must have a minimum of six months validity from the date of entry to Indonesia.

For any other case: longer stay, employment intentions, film shooting visit, journalistic visit or diplomatic reasons, you need a special visa form!
You can find all kinds of Visa Application Forms here: http://www.kbriwina.at/about-the-embassy/protocol-consular-section/visa-application-form/index.php

In Austria you can visit the Indonesian Embassy in Vienna or the consulates in Klagenfurt and Linz.

Adress: Gustav-Tschermak-Gasse 5-7, 1180 Vienna

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These are the opening hours for Vienna:
The office hours of the Passport and Visa Office are:
Monday to Thursday:
09:00 - 12:00 (to apply for a visa)
14:00 - 16:00 (to pick up the visa)
Friday:
09:00 - 12:00 (to apply for a visa)
14:30 - 16:00 (to pick up the visa)

IMPORTANT - You will need following documents:

1. A completed application form.

2. A national passport with a minimum of 6 (six) months validity (i.e. from the date of entry into Indonesia).

3. ONE passport standard photographs (in color).

4. A copy of return/onward journey ticket.

5. Travel itinerary during stay in Indonesia; ACCOMODATION / HOTEL CONFIRMATION.

6. Copies of bank statements for the last 2 (TWO) months exhibiting the applicant's financial state to properly support him/herself during his/her stay in Indonesia.

The Visa fee is about 50,- Euro and will be processed in four to five working days!

The embassy in Vienna is very friendly, but be sure that you have all documents with you! There are no exceptions!

Note: These Visa regulations are only for Austrian citizens!

Posted by The Soulfeeders 01:00 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Welcome to our first travel-blog!

First travel-blog and so many decisions

Hello and Selamat datang!

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We are an Austrian couple who loves to travel, surf, cook&eat and chill - alltogether we love to feed our souls. And we would like to share our travel experiences with you.

INDONESIA - we are coming soon! Flight date to JAVA: 24th of July. But before we take off to this wonderful country, we will share our packing lists, emergency medication, visa instructions and so on with you.

As this is our first travel blog, please do not hesitate to give us feedback/input/reviews!

Love & Hang loose,
Your Soulfeeders <3

Posted by The Soulfeeders 02:40 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

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