If I were to choose an island to do my scholarship again, my choice would still be Bali. However, Java would be just behind Bali. With its population of nearly 57% of the country, Java is a dominant island of Indonesia in many aspects: economically, politically and culturally. Jakarta, the capital city, is located on western Java. Javanese was considered to be the official language of Indonesia, but luckily for other ethnic groups in the country, eventually the standardized register of Malay – Bahasa Indonesia – was declared as the national language.
What strikes me first every time I get off a ferry that goes from Bali to other islands, is that I don’t see Hindu offerings anymore, I don’t smell the incense sticks. Instead, I hear muezzin calls five times a day. Bali is a little Hindu oasis surrounded with prevailingly Muslim islands, and Java is one of them.
Below some impressions from my bike trip to Java. Soon, some stories from the trip will follow.
I am not a traveler. I love my home country - Poland, my favourite activity is lying in my bed with my cat and I cannot stay vertical without my morning coffee. But at the same time, I love my life and everything it offers to me. Once I got accepted for a yearly scholarchip in Indonesia, I packed my backpack, gave my crying parents a goodbye kiss each and came to Bali.
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