Day 37–Wed., Nov. 2, 2011–Semarang, Java, IN

     Semarang is Indonesia’s fifth largest city, located on the north coast of the island of Java.  In the 1920’s the city became a center of leftist and nationalist activism, particularly with the founding of the Communist Party of Indonesia, which led Semarang to be known as the “Red City.”  The Japanese military occupied the city, along with the rest of Java in 1942 during WWII.  After Indonesian independence in 1945, Semarang became the capital of Central Java province.

     We didn’t have a tour today and planned on taking the ship’s shuttle.  At 8:20 am it was 81º F with 72% humidity.  We have sailed 9,996 nautical miles.  The ride to Semarang showed local flooding and it seemed to us to be a little more built up.

  Semarang, Indonesia Semarang, Indonesia

We were dropped off at a Batik Shop next door to the Citraland mall at Simpang Lima Center.  We had to go to the second floor of this mall, up an escalator, and through a hallway to the mall where we got haircuts in 2007.  We walked all over and we couldn’t even find the hotel we stopped at in 2007.  Asking directions, we finally found the hair school on the fourth floor.  I got a shampoo and blow dry for 12,000 Rupiah ($1.40) and Ray had a shampoo, haircut and shampoo for 10,400 Rupiah ($1.22).  They both included a head massage.  We found some people wandering around the mall looking for the bus pick-up point so we pointed them in the right direction.  We looked around a bit and then checked out the batik shop and got on the bus.

  Semarang, Indonesia Semarang, Indonesia

There were a few vendors at the dock but the terminal was very hot and we didn’t find anything.  We were leaving for dinner and a couple of the buses from Borobudur were just getting back with a police escort.  We did not sail at 5:30 as planned.

Semarang, Indonesia Semarang, Indonesia

     Our entertainment tonight was Mariusz, playing classical and rock hits on the electric cello.  He was a little hard to understand, but he was good.

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”  ~  John Wesley

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