Another term over, so we've been off on our travels again. This time to Indonesia, not to Bali but to Java. Our first port of call was the huge, definitely gridlocked capital of Jakarta . And to start we strolled around the area in the baking sun.
It may not be the most obvious place to go when on holiday but it came highly recommended and the port area, Sunda Kelpa, was really interesting (or perhaps that's just me!).
Rather than the huge container ships that one would expect to see they use Makassar schooners to transport goods from Jakarta to Sulawesi, Sumatra and Kallimantan. These small boats are a really impressive sight and the activity in the port hasn't really changed for centuries.
Not only are the boats old fashioned, the way they are loaded is too. None of this modern container nonsense. Here it is all done by hand. They boats all have a short mast that is used as a crane to lift the cargo onto the boat pallet-load by pallet-load. It's really strange to think that not too long ago all goods were loaded onto ships in this way. And, of course, if it isn't palleted then its moved one item at a time by manpower.... All in the sweltering tropical heat.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.