Javanese landscape by train

ON A TRAIN BETWEEN BOGOR AND JAKARTA, Indonesia -- We're getting closer to Jakarta, and the landscape looks more like a tropical suburbia.


From my field notebook

Tuesday, March 19, 1996:

Indonesia: Java: Jakarta: . . . I currently have a bit of a cough and a sore throat. But they're not too bad. I've drunk a lot of water today, which has helped my problem of yesterday. . .

We got a fax from Rosanne today, more or less confirming our plans. I still don't think she appreciates the logistical and political intricacies of working in this country. Paul has hold her of our squabbles, which I think is giving the folks back home the wrong impression of me. It's a bit frustrating, but I will keep my mouth shut about it. It's not a big deal, and shouldn't be made out to become one. Paul just takes the squabbles a bit too personally, when the argument is over procedure and not over individuals. My main point of contention is that we should have a well-focused strategy, and not go shotgunning through the archipelago. Right now we have a plan, and a schedule, and I am happy. . .

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