Saturday, September 20th, 2003 – Day 214

Saturday, September 20th, 2003 – Day 214

i was up early. Well, the locals are up around 6.00am. I was up around 9.00am. It was HOT. When i went outside I saw that thousands of ants were eating my breakfast (donuts and teo hard boiled eggs). It must have been there since 6.00am. I checked out.

I got a rickshaw for 1500 IR to the bus station. From there I agreed 5000 Ir to Sumenep. It is a 1 hour or 58km journey.

Again the scenery was nice and the mini van was not as packed. The people on board agreed that 5000 IR was the correct price. From the station I got a rickshaw to my chosen hotel called the Hotel Wijaya I. I decided to get a fan room for 23,000 IR. It was basic but fine. Lots of Asian tourists about but I have not seen a Western face since I arrived.

From there I walked into town. I first saw the towns Great Mosque . It is in the center of the city. It is exactly infront of Taman Adipura ( Adipura Park ) and on the left of it is the building of regional consultative body.

The Mosque was built by Tumenggung Arya Noto Kusumo I which known as Panembahan Sumolo in the year of 1763.

The style of its building was influenced by Islamic, China and Europe architecture. All these can be seen on its beautiful and unique gate.

From there I walked to Asta Tinggi which is a Royal Cemetery located in the Kebunagung village on the northwest of Sumenep city, about two and half kilometers away. I decided to walk. Many buses with local pilgrims passed me. Entry fee but doantions are expected. I gave them 5000 IR.

Asta Tinggi has two main buildings. The first is on the west side where one can find an old pendopo and three grave dooms. It is a simple pendopo used for helding a meeting in the time ago. While the dooms is a placed for grave. The first doom posited on the west content of Prince Pulang Jiwo grave. The second doom posited on the north is a grave of Prince Jimat and the last that listed on the east content the grave of Bindoro Saod and the queen Raden Ayu Tirtonegoro. This old building was built in 1750 in the reign of Bindoro Saod whose tittle Raden Tumenggung Tirtonegoro.

The second building placed on the north side is greater. The entrance is a big and beautiful gate that about 2 meters after it there is an inscription written in Arabic. This building has one great and interesting doom content of the grave of Arya Noto Kusumo I and his descendants. It has Islamic, China and Europe style. It was built in the year of 1763 by Aryo Noto Kusumo I.

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Asta Tinggi (20-09-2003)

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Asta Tinggi (20-09-2003)

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Asta Tinggi (20-09-2003)

It was nothing special and from there I walked back into town and strolled around. Many business owners came out to look at me and some asked that I take pictures of them and their shop front. i had to take a picture of a squat tolet retailer, the owner and all the staff and a separate shopkeepers family. Strange.

It was 3.00pm and nothing to do. I decided to take a Beano to Ambunten which is about 30km away. I wanted to see some of the fishing boats up close. I had seen hundreds in the sea getting here and they looked impressive. the beaches also looked great. It was only 3000 IR to get there and we passed Slopeng beach to get there. This is meant to be one of the best beaches in Madura.

At Ambunten locals sleep on the beach with a sleeping bag and a tent. Only a small village here. Everyone stared. Still I found my way to the beach. The boats were impressive alld ecked out in colour. Many had European football team flags on. Everyone wabnted their picture taken. I had about 20 kids around me wanting their photo took. All the fisherman wanted their photo taken in front of their boats. TOO much. Everywhere I went, 20 kids following. One kid thought I was Japanesse. They get no tourists here. I was very much the centre of attention.

I could only spend one hour here before it got dark. I liked it. its a pretty backward palce but with the sea and boats, it was cool. A pity about the litter and dead cats etc which were every where. It s the same in Java, they throw their litter everywhere. I would not liek to stay in the village as people were pretty rough looking. No offense but people of the sea.

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Ambunten (20-09-2003)

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Ambunten (20-09-2003)

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Sumenep – Java – Indonesia – Ambunten (20-09-2003)

I got a bus back. The conductor who was young and had prety good English wanted to rip me off. He wanted 5000 IR (I paid 3000 IR to get there). He gave me 1000 IR back after the disagreement as he said it went up 1000 IR after dark. Asshole.

Anyway I found theat the only place that sold beer was a hotel in town and so I bought a bottle to drink on my porch (12,000 IR). Maybe I should not have done so, as I saw as least five rats for the time it took me to drink it. All the toilets for the hotel lead to a open sewer in front of each of the hotel blocks. Nobody else was taking much notice of them. No wonder that about a half dozen cats are employed on the premises.

There were some Warung outside the hotel and I had Nasi Goreng for 5000 IR. I had another early night.