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No Surfing yesterday...

...but a new beach!

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Hello!

Yesterday were only small waves and we felt a bit hangover. The night before we met some swiss who live in Thailand and we had dinner and some Arak, which was not the best idea ;). We slept a bit longer than normally and had a late breakfast. We did not want to chill out, so we took our camera and moved a bit through the jungle. On our way, we also found a hidden beach very close from the city. It is just a 10 minute walk through the jungle and you will be completely alone at a wonderful seaview. Only fishermen came in, when we were there. The families help together to get the heavy net in again. After our little tour through the jungle, we were invited to a Homestay for dinner. One guy brought some specialities from the streetfood market nearby. It was great! We had a kind of baken, spicy banana and some stuffed rice, good tofu and something like "mochi".

Good Night!

The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 21:33 Archived in Indonesia Tagged food beach java jungle surfing indonesianfood batukaras Comments (0)

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)

Hello Bandung...

...or what a day ;)

Today we arrived in Bandung, a 2-million-City and, of course, very different to Jakarta. We came here with an App called "Grab", which we can highly recommand. It is like Uber with a lot of facilities. Our apartment is in Dago, quite ok, but maybe there are better areas to stay. It was a day full of action. We had a nice walk in a park nearby with jungle-feeling and nice coffee places. Afterwards we tried to withdraw money: our maestro card did not come out...shit! Nearby the ATM was a military basement and we asked for help! We did not expect the friendliness, the even brought us some drinks and snacks and called the operator, who was there within an hour and we had our card back. With that happiness, we were on our way to dinner as somebody told us, that the volcano nearby erupted. We never ever have been in a situation like that, so we were a bit confused and asked if it is safe here. People are very friendly, but the live with eruptions since ages and seem to stay quite cool which was irritating for us. Also the news were hardly informative. We decided to wait and see what happens through the evening. As we heart that they start to evacuate Lembang, which is only 10km away from our place, we decided to move on the next morning. Tangkuban Perahu, the volcano, is still activated and nobody knows what will come in the next days. The only impact we felt here, was some ash and a scary sky. We are a bit sad, because we booked a very nice hotel in Lembang and wanted to go hiking to Tangkuban Perahu, which is definitely not possible ;). But we feel also lucky, because it happened two days before we would be on our way… In short: tomorrow afternoon we found a transportation to the south, far away from the volcano!

Some words to Bandung: it is a really rough city! Expect the real poorness and richness near together! You smell the best Indonesian food at the same time as you smell the canal! What is really nice to see is the forest park, where you can also find a swimming pool. People use it for romantic dates, as well as a running facility. For dinner, we went to The Stone Cafe with an amazing view over the city and really tasty food! Be prepared, it is a bit more expensive than usually (approx. 15 Euro for starter, main course and drinks).

With mixed feelings we will leave Bandung tomorrow!
See you soon,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 20:51 Comments (0)

Welcome to Indonesia

Our first impressions of Jakarta

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Woohooo,

after a 15-hour-flight we finally arrived in Jakarta and took a taxi to our hotel nearby the train station "Gambir". Our first impressions: what a city!! If you are not used to live in a 9-million-residents-city, you will be impressed. It is not only a boom town with a lot of traffic and skyscrapers, it is also a city of diversity of all shapes. We watched a lot of business men, who are meeting in Jakarta from all around Asia, but you also have a lot of metal plated huts. The smell is a bit "smoked", weather almost misty and the sound of city is "miep miep" (never saw as many motorbikes).
Our hotel room is in the 21st floor and we have an amazing view over the city. After our arrival we had a drink at the pool and slept a bit. The nights start early, because at 6pm it is dark and you can see the city in a different kind of way. A lot of lights, even more motorbikes and everyone is awake. We went to a restaurant nearby, which was a good idea, because it is quite hard to walk around. We really enjoyed to watch the people sitting at some streetfood places, eating and chatting...and driving their motorbikes ;) There is left-hand traffic, but it doesn't matter. They come from every direction and to cross a bigger street is an adventure. The restaurant called "Pandok Laguna" is a very nice local fish-restaurant. We were the only tourists here, but it seemed to be a mid-standard place with high quality food. It was excellent!! We had spicy shrimps and some vegetables, fried fish (maybe tilapia) and some really, really tasty fried tofu-shrimp-balls. A beer later, we said "good night". Tomorrow, we will move to Bandung!

See you,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 19:38 Archived in Indonesia Tagged jakarta indonesia java hollidays indonesianfood pandoklaguna 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)

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