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27 Nov 2017
Tuban five years later

Tuban six years later

Tuban six years later and so many things have changed since I arrived. So many new things I have learned all over the time I spent here. So many things I have discovered compared to my first impression of Tuban when I arrived years ago. I visited all the amazing places around the town. I spend hours with my friends at the Waterfall Nglirip, the Cave Goa Ngerong, or the Jetty Pantai Boo. The centre of urban life is Alun Alun. Actually, […]

11 Nov 2017
Rice fields

The rice fields of Tuban

The rice fields of Tuban surround the town like uncountable small lakes. The lush green of the rice plants and glittering waters are a beautiful sight. While Tuban is developing as an industrial city, agriculture is still everywhere. Either as rice fields or as vegetable fields. For instance, melon, papaya, peanuts or cornfields. In almost all Asian countries rice is the number one food.  Rice is always on the table together with almost every meal. Indonesia has plenty of different dishes based […]

25 Oct 2017
Bull racing

Bull racing in Pamekasan

Bull racing in Pamekasan is one of two places for bull racing on Madura island. It is my second time on the island. During my first time on Madura, I visited Bangkalan on the north coast. At this time, I’m on the way to Pamekasan on the south coast of the island.  Pamekasan is a city almost on the east end of Madura.  Access to the island by car is via the Bridge of Madura from Surabaya. All the time in Indonesia I […]

19 Oct 2017
Kampung Warna Warni

Kampung Warna Warni

Kampung Warna Warni promises fancy colours and fancy people. South of the city centre of Malang in East Java Indonesia, a little village became attention by locals and tourists. Kampung Warna Warni is the name of the community.  Kampung Warna Warni means in Indonesian “Colourful Village”. For sure, that’s the right name for this wonderful place with all these fanciful colours. Row upon row, the houses jostle each other on the slopes of the valley. A small river meanders through the valley. For a […]

30 Aug 2017
Carnival in town

It is carnival in Tuban

As like every year it’s time for carnival in Tuban. Even after so long time spend in Tuban, I am still surprised and wondering about this tradition. For sure, it’s the same intention as in Germany. Uncountable people waiting next to the road for the carnival parade. Most people come from Tuban but also from villages around the town. Carnival in Tuban seems to be really a highlight for everyone, around today’s early afternoon. So many people sitting on the curbs, […]

20 Aug 2017
Kayangan Api a mystic fire

Kayangan Api a mystic fire

I heard about a mystic fire in the jungle not far from my home in Tuban. The name of the fire is “Kayangan Api”. What means something like an eternal flame. The place deep in the Javanese jungle is around 25 km from Bojonegoro, a town next to Tuban.  A sacred place with a mystical fire in East Java’s jungle sounds exciting. The Indonesian island Java is a volcanic and seismic active island. Moreover, Java has huge natural resources in oil and gas. Where gas is seeping […]

10 Jul 2017
The Milky Way our home galaxy

The Milky Way our home galaxy

The Milky Way is only one of myriads galaxies in the universe. I believe our universe is the most fascinating place in our perception and imagination. Darkness covers our world each night. That gives the unique chance to see myriads of shining and blinking stars. The darkness is the mystic thing beyond to make that possible. Astrophotography isn’t so difficult. Therefore, it isn’t really a big challenge to capture the Milky Way. No doubt amazing pictures are the result. Because […]

03 Jul 2017
Ganga island

Ganga Island in north Sulawesi

Ganga island is an island located in the north of Sulawesi. It takes one hour by car to drive from Manado airport to the small village with a little harbour. From here it takes a half-hour again to crossover the sea to the island. The boat waits already and the crew is ready for the ride on a cloudy and windy day. The crossover to the island wasn’t pleasant because of the windy day. However, the boat had to fight against the high waves and […]

25 Mar 2017
Limestone mountains

Limestone mountains in Tuban

The limestone mountains in Tuban are a stunning landscape. Tuban a city in the north of East Java has an interesting geological history. However, it’s not because of volcanic activity. It’s more of the limestone mountains around Tuban. In the past Tuban only had a small industry. Agriculture dominates the landscape around the town. But today, because of the settled industry Tuban turned into an industrial centre. One reason for this process is the huge limestone deposit. Long time I thought […]