image Craters and Artifacts 

If there is one country that I will always share a love-hate relationship, it would be my two-year stay in Indonesia. The rugged beauty of the place definitely made my stay pleasant. Unfortunately, I only have the hard copies in my possession. I have asked my father to recover the soft copies. I hope I am successful in that endeavour. 

Indonesia is known for its stretch of volcanoes, one of the most marvelous and terrifying natural phenomena that exists in this world. Tangkuban perahu is an active volcano located 30 kilometres from Bandung (west Java), the third largest city of Indonesia located close to Jakarta. It is the only volcanic crater in Indonesia that can be accessed right up to the very rim. 

 Even though the volcano is not active, the rumbles of the earthquake that is commonly seen in Indonesia, and the sulphur fumes that are continuously seen from the crater creates this atmosphere of anticipation for all the visitors that frequent the place. 

Other than the majestic view and feeling of sitting on top a volcano, the highlight of this place is the hot water spring which is reputed to be therapeutic according to the locals. I have pictures of my grandmother soaking up her feet while I was feeling all antsy about the whole volcano thing.  

There is folklore behind every unusual geographical feature located in Java. Because of the unsual boat shape of this mountain, Tangkuban perhau is also known as the Reversed Boat. Sangkuriang is a legend well-known among the people of Sunda, West Java, Indonesia which tells a story of the young Sangkuriang’s efforts to win the heart of Dayang Sumbi, a charming woman who, surprisingly, is his own mother. They love each other, but then after revealing that her lover is her son, Sumbi tries to fail their relationship. 

Collecting souvenirs is a habit that has passed on in our family. My father is a geologist, whereas my mother is a geophysicist. So both have a fascination for all things related to geology. And our house depicts that very crazy obsession. My parents actually gave off some of artifacts as mementos to various guests. These are the ones that they prize the most, and were collected during our excusion to Bandung.  

The tree made completely of green and red jade
  

Egg-shaped Onyx stones
Made of glass , apparently from the volcanic ashes

Some memories can never be captured enough, and the souvenirs captured it perfectly. If I do find the pictures, I am definitely updating and reblogging it for all of you. Until then, please enjoy the pictures that I curated from Mr. Google. 

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15 comments

  1. Yes, souvenirs make for more vivid memories. I love photography, but my work keeps me anchored to Delhi – so I might end up specializing in Macro. I had no idea you were a doctor – your posts never tattled (or I missed the signs.)

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