|The view from our hotel in Kota Ternate|
|A warung, or sidewalk restaurant, in Sorong, West Papua.|
|The view from an old Portuguese fort in Kota Ternate.|
|This is actually an old Spanish fort in Tidore which an old Indonesian man has turned into a farm. This is the edge of his corn field.|
The geography of Indonesia is stunning and so are the people. In addition to the general population being statistically beautiful, they also smile a lot....all the time...at everyone...especially foreigners. It is that full-faced kind of smiling that people practice when they really mean to make you feel good as they stare at you. It is the kind of gigantic smiling that people on the street practice when they genuinely are happy to see you, a stranger, for some strange reason. It is kind of awesome.
|Questionably old artifacts in Jakarta.|
We didn't buy much while we were there -- it wasn't really a souvenir kind of trip, mostly because there are very few places to buy souvenirs -- I did manage to pick up a hand-woven basket for my parents, just like those that the local ladies use to hold their fruits in the market and two pieces of gorgeous batik clothing for myself and the guy. Mostly we just walked around astounded by what we were looking at. It is a seriously beautiful place. Seriously.
|An antique market in Jakarta.|