Farewell colourful Blitar, you’ve been good for us

We leave Blitar tomorrow.  I’m very sad about this.  We have already started making plans to return.  Why?  Because it’s one of the most colourful, friendly, open and relaxing towns I’ve been to.  If not ever, then certainly for a long time. wooden-rocking-horses-blitar-java-indonesia

A quick google search of what to do in Blitar, particularly since Mt. Kelud is still out of bounds, doesn’t exactly paint an interesting picture. But I think it’s all the better for that. Continue reading

Gorgeous faces of Blitar, Java, Indonesia

We’ve seen very few white faces here. We’re quite a novelty.  And are treated as such when we go out and about.   I doubt many visitors venture far from the Tugu Hotel, and I don’t blame them.  If I’d been staying a night or two – as it seems most other guests have – I too would have enjoyed the lovely hotel and then moved on.  But boy, are they missing a trick!

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Gorgeous boys!

The people of Blitar are so, so friendly and kind. We’ve been invited to people’s houses, had our hands shaken, and offered breakfast.  People were happy to have their photos taken and in return they took photos of us.  Continue reading

Blitar fashion: as colourful as the town.

There are a number of clothing shops in Blitar.  In keeping with the rest of the town the clothing is equally as colourful. Although, I can’t say I’ve seen many women wearing these dresses.  Perhaps they are ‘for best’.  The men wear quite colourful shirts, and they look good in them too.

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It’s searingly hot here (it’s November) and I just can’t picture a time when a knitted wooly hat and scarf would be required.  Perhaps I need to stay here longer in order to find out. Below is a gallery of some of the items available. I felt terribly dull dressed all in navy! Continue reading