Indonesian independence was proclaimed on 17 August 1945, after the occupying Japanese forces surrendered to the Allies but before the Netherlands could resume colonial rule.
Tropical fruit on a Balinese market stall.
Candi Prambanan (Prambanan Temple), 17 km (11 miles) north-east of Yogyakarta in southern central Java in Indonesia.
“This corner of Sumbawa is home to migrants from a variety of islands drawn here in the search for employment with the mine. My neighbours come from Flores, Sumba, Timor, Lombok, and Java; yet everyone gets along famously. Like small communities around the world, Sekongkang Bawah is a place where everyone’s business is public knowledge.” Part Two of Bruce Pohlmann’s tale of the easy-going lifestyle on Sumbawa.
“I had the impression that Sumbawa Besar would be a wonderland of shops, restaurants, hotels and perhaps even a bookstore. The reality is that it’s the sleepy little capital city of a large, sleepy island. After an uneventful night at the Hotel Tambora with only one offer of a woman, and a breakfast of toast and bitter coffee, I’m ready to head back to my little village of Sekongkang.” Teacher Bruce Pohlmann describes life on the easy-going island of Sumbawa.
“Sumbawa is known to some tourists for its great waves and sandy white beaches. The island is not really visited much by non-surfing tourists, which is unfortunate as the parts of the island that I have seen so far in my six-month stay here are quite beautiful.” Teacher Bruce Pohlmann describes life on the easy-going island of Sumbawa.