This morning as we woke up we decided it was time to get some walking in! So we had our good ole' oatmeal breakfast, dressed and off we went for a good walk! We walked for 4 hours today! From our Kapung Dukuh all the way to downtown area and then back again! It was a good walk indeed!
But we were not in a hurry - and when you walk, you see so much more. If we go into the downtown area we go on one motorbike so we can do some shopping (and I hold the shopping bag between us on the motorbike) - and it is hard to look around you when you are keeping an eye on the traffic on a motorbike. So Nick thought it would be a good idea to just walk into town...so to have a better look at the shops here and there. Great idea Nico...let's do it!
We took a stop at one of our favorite places kafeole'
We enjoy the surroundings there - a pretty restaurant in a garden-like setting!
We then continued to walk to Jl Sudiriman the main shopping street. We strolled through the pasar's and Nick found a t-shirt he liked.
He also found these darling little tug boats that as a boy he had played with! Made of tin - you light it up with candle wax and it makes a real tug boat motor sound - so' cute. And what a chuckle that they were made here in Salatiga where he had lived as a boy!
|We have some little friends that come to visit here!|
We shopped in a shoe store too - I was looking for some shoes for the motorbike - something easy to slip on - instead of the big Keens I use for walking. But guess what? My feet are too BIG here....they don't have a size 10/41 here! Most people are smaller here - and so this mama with her big feet - well I just can't find a shoe to fit! I will most likely need to go to a larger town - where there are more foreigners maybe?
|Nick & I enjoy reading the sign's, & often we see Dutch words & some English...can you figure it out?|
|Hey there is Nico's first name on the shop...it was a Christian/Catholic book store.|
|Gosh - just look at that enormous Banyan tree...wonder how old that might be????|
We saw this Pharmacy store Apotek Salatiga and Nick wanted a picture of it...and look how cute a dokar just past by!
Oh how I love to see the color along the way! Just look at this plant - with the bright red leaves!!!! Deep red and so LARGE - just growing along the path!
We got home and relaxed for a while and then Kasum came by to deliver the cookies I had asked her to make (she has a little shop at her house) & so she brought the roti kacang/peanut cookies and we sat down to do a little Behasa
|Do you see Nico's new shirt? Yes with a "dokar" on it.... a horse drawn carriage!|
Sounds good eh? Well it is hard - but she is ever so patient with us! We both like the language and it seems like a easy language to learn...yeah once you begin to learn it, that is...ha! It is really fun - we just need to be patient with ourselves & know it is OK to learn it slowly -
Well at 6 pm we planned to go to Kawan Kitchen to celebrate Chinese New Year! Elisha & Beppie had their day off, so the restaurant was closed for the public - but nevertheless busy preparing for their guests!
....and Anita was getting all the dishes out -
Peace! Yes Anita!
Peace & Victory!
Friends started coming in - gosh Elisha & Beppie are something else...they had invited many friends to come to celebrate Chinese New Year!
My we were all so spoiled!
Friends chatting & also making new acquaintances.
Some we knew - others we didn't. But before you know it - with a little chatting here and there - well you are friends!
Andreaz YOU are taking a picture and I am taking a picture of YOU!
Beppie give this little guy a BIG FIVE!
I think he thought that was pretty cool!
Here is Ruben, Elisha & Beppies younger son, with his girlfriend Jeanie!
The kids had fun eating at their own table.....
....while the grown-ups enjoyed chatting at their tables!
This is B.J. and his wife Tri (pronounced tree) - they are newlyweds... aren't they adorable?! B.J. works at Kawan Kitchen as a cook and also comes to the English class Nick & I teach twice a week - and he is such fun!
We had both taken our motorbikes to the restaurant and now it was time to head home! Gosh I tell you family and friends...here it is 10 pm and I am following Nick down the road on a motorcycle - on the streets of Salatiga Java Indonesia - Nick up ahead and I am behind him...following him - going through these fun streets and little avenue's....quiet out there...hardly anyone on the road....oh gosh...a soft evening breeze - I am thinking "oh my just look at us go!...Will we remember these special moments...a great day, a great evening with sweet friends, and now zipping through town on a motorcycle" ...I just have to pinch myself! What fun Nico - I just love this! Nick just laughs....he knows his wife....yes her own kayak, her own motorbike....well gosh Nick...such fun...just love all this stuff...you know I do! Yes...Nick smiles..
......I KNOW YOU DO Ellen!
Happy Chinese New Year!