Bandung to Bali BOOK II – the story so far
The day finally arrives for us to leave Australia. Our bags are packed and soon we are up, up and away. After the near loss of the treasured pig, we travel over an enormous and mysterious land, across the Tropic of Capricorn and the Torres Strait all the way to Indonesia. The plane finally lands and we step out into the hot, humid and startling city of Jakarta.
After an exciting drive through Jakarta, we arrive into the cool of a modern hotel. The next morning the boys are up exploring and Dad takes us out onto streets to uncover little shops full of mysterious foods and music made by pirates.
When our bus fails to arrive until late afternoon the next day, we have to face the long dark journey overnight through the mountains to Bandung. The driver insists we stay at the famous art deco Hotel Homann, which reminds me of Agatha Christie and her stories of danger and intrigue. On our first walk in Bandung we stumble on a scorpion man who sells us a protective stick to keep us safe from the scorpion’s wicked sting. The next day we take a long becak ride to our new home in Jalan Benawang. After Mum and Dad’s hopeless first efforts to master cooking in the tiny kitchen, we are magically rescued by Atang and Kiah.
Atang takes us to one of Bandung’s amazing markets and we slowly settle into lessons at home, only interrupted by the reprieve of washing in the mundi. Mum decides she’s ready to venture into town so we brave the bemos to make new friends at Braga Permai.
After Matt takes on the deluge by swimming in the drain, he has to find redemption (but discovers the joy of scootering instead). When our new friends come to visit for satays and Batman, Richie awakens Rukman – the Hantu with frightening results.
To find out what life was like before our adventure in Indonesia you can go Back to BOOK I