The Amateur Traveler talks to Lash from LashWorldTour.com about the Island of Java in the nation of Indonesia.
She cycled through the countryside and visited the major cities of this populous island in Indonesia.
“Java is a very very interesting place, quite different from any western country. It’s predominantly Muslim. It’s in the tropics, almost on the equator. It’s mountainous. There are a lot of volcanos. One main reason to go to Java would be for culture. There is a lot of interesting culture there like the Gamelan music which is similar to Bali’s Gamelan music but a little more sedate. There are other arts there like batik fabrics. It was the seat of several Javanese empires so there are remnants of that in some of the cities.
Nature would be the other reason to go to Java. Java is just a really beautiful island of rice fields, a lot of mountains and volcanos. Probably the most famous volcanos are mount Bromo and Merapi. And then Krakatoa is just to the west of Java. I did a lot of mountain hiking and volcano hiking when I went there.”
Sam is planning a year in New Zealand
Hey there Chris,
Been listening to your podcast for about a year or so now and I have listened to almost every episode, so I figured now might as well be the time to finally send you an email about just how awesome your show is. The Amateur Traveler is by far my favorite travel podcast. You and your guests manage to consistently deliver captivating anecdotes, stories, history, and culture in an informative, yet entertaining way. I can’t tell you how much of a relief it has been for me to be able to listen to your show at work, as I may have one of the least stimulating jobs in existence. Yet, every Monday morning I look forward to booting up iTunes to see what new photo pops up, to discover some place new, or to rediscover some place known. I’ve always been interested in travel, but I credit your show with really ramping up that travel “bug” to near mania.
In fact, thanks in part to the constant reminder of awaiting adventure that your podcast has been, my girlfriend and I have decided to take advantage of the working holiday visa and spend a year in New Zealand. We leave next April! We can’t wait!
Anyways, keep up the great work. You have been an inspiration to me, and I look forward to what’s in store for the future.
Best to you and your family (from right down the road),