Monthly Archives: September 2018

2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 7 (14 September 2018). The End!

There is an old saying in Indonesia: “Fortune can come from anywhere”.  And this proverb is the best way to describe how this year’s Java Steam & Sugar tour. I’ve relentlessly advertised this year’s steam tour packages to around the … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 6 (13 September 2018)

Just when we thought that there is no hope left for us, things seem to take dramatic turn today. I woke up this morning to a very beautiful sunny day, and feeling refreshed. Upon opening up the window, I can … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 5 (12 September 2018)

Today will be the highlight of our tour: steam locomotive tour at Kedawung sugar mill. Paul has seen the steam locomotive in the shed before, and he was really happy to see it reactivated after years of neglect. Hayden, upon … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 4 (11 September 2018)

I’ve to admit that our visit to Madiun this year has been a disappointment. Our wish to see the steam locomotives in action have been ruined by early cessation of crushing season. We didn’t expect this because on previous years … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 3 (10 September 2018)

I woke up to one beautiful sunny and windy day in Madiun. Upon opening my window, I can clearly see mount Wilis in the distance. It’s truly a majestic view. I went down stair to 2nd floor where they serve … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 2 (9 September 2018)

Paul and Hayden are really pleased by how comfortable the hotel is. They’re really impressed by how opulent the hotel is, yet it is located just next to the Solo-Yogya mainline. This makes Swiss Bel Inn Solo as a perfect … Continue reading

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2018 Java Steam and Sugar Tour. Leg 2 Day 1 (8 September 2018)

The long anticipated tour starting date has finally arrived. On Saturday 8 September 2018 I arrive at Surabaya Gubeng railway station to catch the train to Surakarta. On today’s itinerary, I will catch up with Paul and Hayden in Solo … Continue reading

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