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Portraits of West Java Heritage [06 Mar 2011|07:59am]

Anybody had visited to West Java, Indonesia? Let's learn a bit their cultures and traditions. You can also learn more at Bandung tourism

Tradition and Culture

Wayang GolekPrincipally an oral tradition, the people of West Java developed more than 180 forms of artistic expression within 19 clusters, the oldest of these is supposed to be poetry. Traditional epic poems tell of the history and heroes of the people from time immemorial through the Galuh and Pajajaran kingdoms, and continue today. Haji Hasan Mustapa (1852 - 1930) is a giant in the tradition having produced some 10,000 works.

Today the languages of West Java bear an imprint of the oral tradition and remain popular for daily use. They are complex languages attesting to social roles and caste. Puppet plays were often used to transmit both legend and current events and continue to play a role in ceremonial and festive events. West Java is rich also in batik traditions from Tasikmalaya, Garut, Indramayu, and Cirebon.

Traditions handed down the generations mixed with beliefs (nature based and animistic) and religions (Hindu and Islam) formed the culture of the people. Marriages are the joining of families, and socially, most relationships are family-based. Still today a commercial company will refer to itself as a "big family" and seek quasi-familial relationships in day-to-day operations.

Nature and Plantation

With all its active volcanoes, West Java life has always been influenced by the forces of nature, bringing both momentary catastrophe and enduring fertility to the soil. Coastal peoples depend on the richness of the seas and the rhythms of nature form the core identity and very prosperity of West Java.

Colonial power organized the inherent riches with formal cultivation and institutions, providing great wealth for Europe. Plantations crops include tea, coffee, quinine, rubber, copra, sugar, cocoa, and coconut.

Village and City

Traditionally, geography and land use precluded large concentrations of people in the mountainous areas of West Java, but ports on the coasts bustled with trade and business. Villages remain today the most numerous settlements, but cities have burgeoned with population and economic shifts.

Village structures are made with materials at hand: bamboo, rattan, wood, grass, and rock and bonded together through the centuries as stylized and elegant constructions, and organization. Surrounding these villages are the rice paddies and vegetable farms that dictate the local economy.

Cities developed with industrialization and the western imprint is clear. West Java's strategic location and comparatively more comfortable climate made it a target of leisure and academic activities under colonial rule. The capitol, Bandung, was planned to become the capitol of the colony, and bears witness to its 1930's heyday in elegant streetscapes and outstanding architecture.
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[18 Sep 2009|02:30pm]

After Graduation and boards next summer I am going to quit my job and take a few months off to take a pretty epic road trip with my brothers - - visiting all 48 states. I have never attempted anything like this, and I have been scouring the internet for help to plan this trip, but I cannot find anyone that has taken this kind of road trip. (Except for people that whizzed through it in mere days to beat some record or do some sort of promotion). I have found lots of travel guides, and am using websites to plan out where I want to go and what I want to see.

I also have planned out some logistics. I am going to pack some tents, back packing supplies, and we are mostly going to camp, with the occasional stay at a motel or a hostel. Honestly, I have no idea how much it will cost to attempt a trip like this, or how long it will take me. However, I am planning on having around 15k saved, (not that I necessarily want to plan on spending all my savings in one summer),and I have no time constraints. I want to do a lot of once in a lifetime things, like Sky Dive in Vegas, Learn to Surf in California, Rent Sand buggies to drive around in the desert, hit all the "greatest" list theme parks/roller coasters ect. I have been in school for a long time, and have a lot of pent up restless to expend.

However! The thing that is stumping me, is what to do about a ride. Currently, since I am saving so much for this trip, I do not own a car. And, I am not crazy about the idea of buying a new car and putting all those miles on it. I am also not crazy about buying a used car and having it poo out on me halfway between Des Moines and San Fran. And renting a car might doesn't seem all that realistic, as I have no set schedule and will be out on the road for months. I cannot imagine a company being okay with my renting a car without knowing when I would bring it back.

Would it be realistic to think I could rent a different car every week or two as I move along from state to state? Or would that be a collasal waste of money? We are packing bikes to save on gas money when we are going to be in one place for an extended period. The car will mostly to get us from destination to destination.

Opinions? Any ideas I haven't even considered?
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South/Central America [09 Dec 2007|12:05pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So. I'm heading to Colombia then Guatemala in January--specifically traveling from Bogota to Santa Marta/Tayrona National Park in Colombia and Guatemala City to Santiago in Gautemala. Has anyone traveled or lived in these places? Any good advise for a first timer? Also, I recently got the required Yellow Fever vaccination, and they recommended (but not required) I get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. What are my odds of coming in contact with these diseases? If possible, I'd rather bypass the other vaccinations--they are expensive and the Yellow Fever one made me quite sick.

Thanks Much.


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[29 Nov 2007|01:20pm]

I'll be in Portland from Jan. 5th-12th for an externship. The externship will most likely be in a building downtown and I'll need to stay somewhere where I can access easy public transportation. I've heard that there's a hostel in the Northwest section of the city that is pretty nice and safe. Is anyone from the area that can give me any feedback? I would like to avoid getting a hotel if all possible since I am a poor grad student, but I want to stay somewhere safe since I'm a mid-20s girl staying by myself. Has anyone had any experience renting a house for a week? I know Portland is a pretty progressive city and craigslist usually has a lot of temporary housing available. I am a little nervous to try but the money saved could definitely be worth it.

I would also appreciate any idea of things to do while I'm there. I know winter is pretty bleak there but I'm sure there's still some fun coffee shops/bars to check out.

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[04 Jun 2007|11:35am]

me and my ex-boyfriend left New Jersey for California thursday night with hardly any money or food. we're staying in Jackson, Wyoming at my mom's friend's house for a couple of days to kind of re-group, get temp jobs and then we're off to San Francisco. we're going to be looking for the best places to crash, dumster-dive, etc. if anybody is familiar with the area or the route in between any tips or advice would be reallyreally appreciated as we're quite clueless. also, if anybody has some spare floor-space, we don't have any money but we could sing songs with you and give you hugs.

cross-posted to thosegypsies and road_trip
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Hiya [09 Apr 2007|07:57pm]

Just wondering if anyone would happen to have any promotional codes for amtrak?

Some of my friends and I are riding from Albuquerque to Long Beach and we're so excited!
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Road Trip Music [03 Apr 2007|08:15pm]

can anyone reccomend me some good road trip music? i'm setting off for easter this weekend and want to listen to some great tunes..

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Planning a first serious roadtrip. [02 Apr 2007|06:36am]

So I'm graduating college in a few months, and before I step into the working world, I'm going to head off on a real epic roadtrip...about two months long. I don't have a whole lot of experience with this. In fact, I've barely been out of my corner of the country. I've got about two months to go from Seattle to the East Coast and back. I'd very much appreciate any advice, or especially criticism of my plans!

If there's a better community to ask this sort of thing...please let me know.

Planning...Collapse )
So...I'm looking for any advice, but most specifically: What vehicle should I look at and what should I expect to pay? How sane and cheap is my "sleep every night in a campsite / my back seat" plan? What, if anything, should I worry about from driving multiple six-hour days?

Thanks in advance. I'll be sure to post stories back to here...
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Road trip for charity. 8000 miles in a very small car. [23 Mar 2007|09:16am]

[ mood | optimistic ]

BottomGear are two men that are driving from London, England to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for charity.

They are taking part in the Mongol Rally, and will have to drive about 8000 miles in an old car.
The rally rules state that the car must have an engine no bigger than 1000cc (61 cubic inches).
Once they leave London, they are on their own. There is no backup, no support, and no big four wheel drive vehicle to pull them out of 20ft wide potholes.

When Bottomgear leave England they hope to travel through France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Russia again, and finally Mongolia.

We will regularly be updating our LiveJournal as we prepare for, and undertake this journey. Please add us to your friends list, and tell everyone you know about the two crazy Englishmen driving a very small car a very long way!

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[19 Mar 2007|12:48pm]

Well, this early summer I'll be going on a roadtrip with my fam, maybe have mentioned before, but here's our rough itinerary, so if you have suggestions of the TOP attractions/things to do, since most places we may only stay a day or two, it'll be great.
[You don't have to suggest for DC]

Dallas -> St Louis -> Chicago -> Niagara Falls -> Toronto -> Montreal -> Boston -> NY -> DC -> Great Smoky Mountains NP -> Memphis -> Dallas

It'll be me, my parents, and my 13 year sister
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Movin' up to bay area... need travelin' advice [14 Mar 2007|07:23pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I quit the high-paying job yet unsatisfying job to take a new crappier position up north in the Bay area of California. Fortunately I quit this one before securing a new one, and having not taken a vacation in years I'll be takin' time to get to know CA a little better, at least what's between L.A. and the Bay. I won't be moving permanently yet, so I'll likely be driving up to SF twice; once to visit and get to know the area, the second time to move.

So what is there to see? City life, clubs, and all that jazz are old news for me, and I'm looking for more of everything else that CA has to offer. Past road trips up north have been through the middle of the state (fields galore) and not beyond Salinas or Fresno, which as many can attest to makes for kinda scenic but ultimately boring drives.

Any good ghost towns, sights, towns, natural wonders that would make for good stops and photo ops? I'll be planning around visiting relatives and friends along the way, but time's no limit and zig zagging wouldn't be so bad.

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[03 Feb 2007|01:35pm]

I'm going through Indiana and Ohio on my way from Chicago to New York and was thinking of going to Indianapolis but I was wondering if anyone had recommendations of where to visit in both Indiana and Ohio? I know nothing about Ohio so any information on cities/good places there would be awesome.
Also, any recs for Philadelphia too.
Thanks for any help. :)
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planning a road trip [27 Jan 2007|10:32pm]

So my friend and I have three weeks off in August and are thinking of doing a road trip- we live in Los Angeles, and want to go up through Oregon and Washington to Vancouver, then over to Chicago, then home in a Colorado/Vegas sort of direction. I'm thinking we'd like to have two full days in Vancouver and Chicago, if possible, and at least partial days to hang out in some major cities along the way. We definitely want to visit Yellowstone, as well.

-Does this seem doable, given the time frame?
-Assuming we will be mostly camping and staying at friends' houses, any ideas about how much might this cost? The car we'll be taking is a new Honda, so it'll be pretty gas efficient, but I expect that will still be the most expensive part.
-Any suggestions for where to go along the way? We have ideas of our own, of course, but recommendations are welcome.

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[07 Jan 2007|02:36pm]

This late May/early June, I'll be going with my family on a roadtrip from Dallas to Montreal.

We know we'll be stopping by Toronto and Niagara Falls, but otherwise, any suggestions of a good route to the way there and a different one on the way back? We're trying to do it in 2 weeks.

Suggestions of fun places to stop by would be great too. We like to see interesting fun cities and pretty natural wonders.
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New York to California [02 Jan 2007|12:04am]

My boyfriend and I are planing to travel from New York to California in May or June. Where should we stop along the way? What roads are best to take? How can we save money (where to camp, cheap motels)? I'd love to hear your stories, experiences, tips, or advice about this coast to coast road trip. Also, we'll be driving our own car and have no time limitations.

Edited to add...

I'd love to see all the natural wonders along the way (Grand Canyon, deserts, waterfalls, mountains, etc). Instead of driving straight across in a limited time, we'll be stopping along the way, hopefully to camp and hike. We have anywhere from a week to a month for our trip.

Oh, and we're planning on traveling in the southern states on the way there and on our return home driving through the northern states. We won't be so much on the outside of the US, mostly on the inner parts. If that makes sense.
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Unlike carbonated drinks, the flatter, the better. [29 Dec 2006|11:06am]

[ mood | calm ]

So here's a real humdinger of a question for you all--

What is the single flattest route to take from Chicago to L.A. if you're dragging a trailer behind your car, and the car doesn't like hills all too much in that situation, and you want to take a more southern route (given the weather as of late)? And the more direct route, the better.

I need the single best interstate (or interstates) to get through with minimal strain on the car. Just to give you something to compare to, it didn't like Pennsylvania and Interstate 80. I was filling her up almost every hour and a half.

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Southwest ho! [02 Nov 2006|09:42pm]


Next weekend, I'm going to make a road excursion to Phoenix (Chandler, to be specific) from Los Angeles. This will be my first time driving out of state. The majority of my trip will be spent on I-10 E.

Come mid-December, once fall semester ends, I will be on the road. This time, I'll be heading to Albuquerque and may possibly go to Denver/Boulder if the weather isn't too nasty. I'm still working on the map details.

Any general suggestions for this young 'un with an insatiable case of wanderlust? ;)
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first post - XC road trip [22 Oct 2006|10:39pm]

[ mood | determined ]

hello everyone.. my name is rachael. born and raised in rural southeastern pennsylvania, i have decided to temporarily relocate to the san francisco area this december. i am relatively familiar with the bay area, as i spent much of this past summer there. besides the fact that i am moving to CALIFORNIA - the next most exciting thing about this trip is GETTING THERE. i will be needing my car, of course, and so i am planning a cross country road trip. i want to hit EVERYTHING. i have done a lot of traveling in the past, and although i do want to visit some national parks and major cities along the way that i havent yet seen, my mission is to NOT be the typical tourist. i am more interested in seeing "smalltown, america" than i am taking one straight route west along the interstates. i want to do this RIGHT. i'm in no rush to get to california, and accordingly, i'm planning on zigzagging all over the country - i want to see things in south dakota, maine, texas, arizona, and montana.. and everywhere in between.

i've been to 38 states. two of which (nebraska and wyoming), i admitably slept through. the other 36 i have gotten a legitimate taste of, although there are so many things in each state i havent seen. basically where i'm going with this is - does anyone have any advice for my cross country road trip? has anyone else done it? anything i could learn from your experience? or any reccomendations as to any sites i should see, places i should stop, or random things i should check out in your home state, or something that you would suggest seeing from your travels? i'm down for anything that would include a national park, a spectacular view, any inspirational landscape, a restaurant characteristic of the area, or something absolutely ridiculous - the worlds largest frying pan, for instance. i have always wanted to travel the world, but lately i've been realizing that there is so much to see RIGHT HERE in america. and i want to do it all. oh and i'll be beginning this adventure in december, and i expect that it will go well into january. weather considerations would be appreciated. i know all too well about snow and ice on the road. :\

thank you SO much for all of your help. if anyone ever needs to know anything about the amish country or philadelphia.... you just let me know.

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Question! [23 Aug 2006|09:13pm]

I need some help. 5 of us are going on a little road trip. We were be traveling with a pick-up truck camper.. its going to be really crammed riding for 13 hours in the cab of the truck so we were wondering how to find out if it's legal to ride in the camper itself or not.
I know its legal in some states and it's not in others.. but does anyone know how I can find out what states allow it?
We will be traveling in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.

If anyone knows anything please let me know! We are leaving in less than 24 hours and I'd like to find out ASAP!

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Information on New Orleans [21 Jul 2006|09:36pm]

[ mood | curious ]

I'm planning my most ambitious road trip yet, and my route is going to bring me through Louisiana. I'm considering driving through New Orleans. Does anyone have any information about the condition of the roads there post-Katrina? I remember the I-10 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain was knocked out; what's its status now? I can't imagine they could have rebuilt the thing already, but I suppose greater feats have occurred. What about the other bridges? The website of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway indicates that it's in good shape, but I'd like to know a little more than that. Looking at the map, I would probably just stay on I-10 the whole way through, but if I wanted to stop, would there be much to do there? Is there much tourism going on, or would I just be in the way? I feel a little guilty going to gawk when the place is still trying to get back on its feet, but I guess they would probably appreciate me spending some money there.

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