Today I met Togio in a rice field in Salatiga, which is roughly in the middle of the island of Java. His job is tough and it was the end of the day but when he saw me in the distance, he showed me where to cross in the rice field to keep me feet dry and then he welcomed me with this large smile.
Zaeno was our guide for the tea factory in Sari Wangu, near Bandung in Indonesia. He had a funny look and his explanation wasn’t always really clear but it was good fun anyway. Below some more pictures of the trip in the tea field and the tea factory : [slideshow]
Just arrived, Ferry already brought me in his badminton club. Ferry his the husband of Melina, my host in Bali but also a badminton coach. Yesterday, I was beaten by a 5yo kid. Well, we didn’t play a match, hopefully, but he was far out much technical than me. They train them very hard here, and it doesn’t surprise me anymore than Indonesia is the world elite. Today, all my muscles hurt.
I met this guy and his fellows in the street in Fremantle (see yesterday). He keeps a very fancy but nevertheless precious 50yo didgeridoo. Can you see the emu head ? An emu is a bird like an ostrich and is a very symbolic animal for some aborigines tribes. He played the instrument and he shouted my name trough the didg’ in the same time, which was very impressive ! (sorry if this picture is not in a portrait format like my others portraits)
Rochelle is a Sales Assistant into a jewellery/gallery in Geraldton. She was really enthusiastic showing me the stunning black pearls of the Abrolhos Islands and the pink diamonds which are worth a fortune. She explained me how they collect the pearls : each shell can produce up to 3 pearls in her lifetime : the older, the bigger (and the more value) is the pearl.
Paul is my passenger of the day. He works as a Field Assistant in a mine, seeking for gold and other materials such as iron ore in the rich and vast ground of Australia. This fellow reckons in WA they make a revenue of 7.8 billion dollars per year in gold, 46 billions in iron ore and they just found this new mine containing one hundred million ton of pure iron ore. What a big industry.
Ross is 70 years old but still in a good damn sharp. He went back to Kakadu NP because he discovered a cave with some aboriginal art a few years ago and he wanted to take some pictures for his daughter who is a teacher. He gave us a few tips and told us how he is respectful of the crocodiles haunting the billabongs.
This week I met a Jamaican anthropologist. She was a very interesting person, working into an after-school program with the local communities of Aboriginal in Alice Springs. Though she doesn’t want her on a picture, instead of I suggest you to have a look to this Joey, the name the Australians give to the young kangaroos.