A few days ago the ms Volendam called at Semarang, Indonesia. As I’ve never been to Indonesia before this Asian cruise, I wanted to see as much as I could — trying to “soak up their culture” in the few days that we visited the home of so many of our beloved crew members.
My options for Semarang were settling for visiting the city of Semarang or being a bit more adventurous and leaving the ship at 7 a.m. to visit the world-famous Borobudur Temple, once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
I chose the second option, and was up bright and early, ready to go and hungry for new adventures and beautiful places. After a very pleasant two-hour drive with a stop for coffee and tea on our way, we finally arrived at the famous monumental temple. Besides being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Borobudur is considered by many to be the world’s largest Buddhist temple.
It was built during the eighth and ninth centuries, having apparently more than five generations of workers involved in its construction. Climbing the temple during a warm Indonesian day wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but was definitely worth doing. After the effort and the magnificent view from the top of the temple, we were greeted with a delicious Indonesian lunch at a nearby hotel. Definitely a day never to forget!
Karin Sichermann is the future cruise consultant aboard Volendam.