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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

{Dieng Plateau Indonesia - Where We Worked}

It is about time that I take you up into the mountains of the Dieng Plateau, The Heart of Central Java, Indonesia; also called the Abode of Gods. This is where we traveled as it was Our Road to Work in Indonesia. With a lot of joy, each morning departing at 6:00 o'clock from our home. As you will see, it looks like paradise, especially in the early morning hours. Daylight is from around 6:00 o'clock in the morning till 18:00 o'clock in the evening, year round. For that reason you have to shift your day into a tropical schedule. We got up at 5:00 o'clock every morning and after breakfast at our home we started the winding journey up into the mountains, which took about 45 minutes. Around noon we would go down again and stop at the office, where we also most times had our lunch with the staff. Than home and working on our manuals for further training at the biggest mushroom plant in the world. We worked 6 days a week and with pleasure.
It looks really like paradise...
To the right you see the Sundoro; Java’s most symetrical volcano.
The Sundoro is: 3136 m or 10,289 feet high.
Lots of terraces where the locals work the fields and resembling a green paradise due to the high annual rainfall. This is right on the equator!
But it is always cool high in the mountains and they even can have frost during the night.
At 6:00 o'clock in the morning the sky is clear and you have a breathtaking view!
Most tourists however start their climb up into the mountains way too late...
Such a pity for that once in a life time trip!
Volcanic soil is very fertile as you can see...
Here you see the twin volcano: Mt Sundoro and Mt Sumbing
We lived in Wonosobo; will show you our home later...
By 11:00 o'clock the clouds would come in and your view would be very limited. 
Or worse, a helicopter would not be able to safely fly...
Those grey buildings are the mushroom sheds where we worked.
Here I stand overlooking one such area with mushroom growing sheds.
The daily production of fresh mushrooms was at its peak 100 metric tons per day 24/7!
Lots of sheds...
Instead of using air-conditioning, we were using the Lord's free air-conditioning; high in the mountains.
In the distance again mushroom sheds... we had thousands of them.
The spent mushroom compost was an added bonus for all the farmers around.
These are potatoes.
When the owner came for a visit, he landed with the helicopter here...
Everywhere you stood you had a heavenly view!
Beautiful view of those mushroom sheds... 
Pieter actually did climb the surrounding mountains for taking excellent aerial shots.
We did this for about three years while living there but we never grew tired of this beautiful area.
More sheds...
Our company employed over 10,000 people... 
I had to oversee 2,000 harvesters and take care of quality, hygiene, diseases, post harvesting etc.
In the beginning I often though my goodness, what did I start...?!
So now you know about our 21 commutes from Atlanta to Jakarta, to work HERE...
MUSHROOM CITY!
'Saya rindu sekali ke gunung²...'
I miss the mountains... and the people of course!
Have you ever traveled to Indonesia?

Related links:
{Fly with us to Jakarta, Indonesia} | Previous post by me
{Our arrival in Jakarta, Indonesia} | Previous post by me
DIENG PLATEAU - The Heart of Central Java Indonesia | About the area

21 comments:

  1. truly remarkable. gorgeous area with lots of work involved, too!

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  2. Nee ik was er nog nooit en het trekt me ook niet, maar jouw foto´s zijn prachtig hoor, heel bijzonder om dit eens te zien!
    Groetjes, Nicole

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  3. Liebe Mariette,

    es ist unbeschreiblich schön bei dir.

    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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  4. Goodness ~ that is some very pretty scenery!

    Wishing you a beautiful last week of August Mariette!
    xo Catherine

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  5. Truly beautiful place...I agree, it's a paradise! How great you got to be there. While back I visited Kauai, and as this island has lots of rain, it was lush, beautiful as well.
    Thank you for your comment and checking on Goro. We are still observing...skin looks good one day, then gets irritated next day, better next day...but looks like fur is trying to grow back :-)
    Have a wonderful new week, Mariette!

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  6. Wow! What a big mushroom operation it was! And a benefit to the people there since so many were employed. Wonderful! Indonesia is definitely on our list of places to visit one day. Best wishes, Tammy

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  7. Dear Mariette, this is truly a Paradise and how wonderful that you were able to experience life in this beautiful place and share it with us! Also, so good to employ so many people. I can relate to living near volcanoes, and I can see by the map that they are 'active' volcanoes. This must have been such a great experience for you and Peiter, but also lots of hard work! xx

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  8. ciao Mariette sono posti incantevoli che meraviglia!!!! vorrei tanto visitarli, chissà :)
    ti auguro un buon inizio settimana un bacione!!
    Elly

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  9. What a beautiful road to work this is Mariette!

    Happy day,

    Madelief x

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  10. Oh Mariette,wat mooi om te zien,de foto's lijken er echt 1 uit een oud album,prachtig.
    Een fijne dag..
    Lieve groet Chris

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  11. Dear Mariette,
    This is most interesting and your pics are stunning. I can see what a joy it would be to work in this area. This is a Paradise for sure and you have special memories to last forever.
    Looking forward to seeing where you lived too.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings always, CMD

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  12. Dearest Mariette,
    What is lovely Paradise 6.00 o'lock in the morning the sky is clear having a breathtaking view.

    I really over looking of you.
    I saw to with just young girl of her it was you? Mariette!
    Mushroom that I love very much to eating too.

    As you know I went dentist at 17th Friday after that my teeth was five is perfect ok.
    I going to waiting for 26 th of September.
    Hugs and love to you always!
    Michiko

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  13. Dearest Mariette,
    what a great post about this part of the world! It mast be really interesting there! Like the pictures from Mushroom City :O)
    Have a wonderful week,
    love and hugs,
    Claudia

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  14. Liebe Mariette,
    die Landschaft sieht toll aus. In Indonesien war ich noch nie. Meine Güte, ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass dort so viel Pilze angebaut werden. Aber wenn es der Bevölkerung ein Auskommen gibt und den Bauern zusätzlichen Kompost, ist das eine gute Sache.
    Schöne Grüße, Johanna

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  15. Che posti incantevoli Mariette e quanto lavoro da svolgere! Non sono mai stata in Indonesia ma con te è come viaggiare!
    Un bacione
    Anna

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  16. Dearest Mariette,
    What an exciting job!

    I have tried to contact Jannica but I think she works very much right now.
    I´ll wait some more and if I do not hear anything I'll make new ones for you. :D

    Astrid

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  17. Ook een prachtig land en jullie hebben hard gewerkt!

    groetjes Janny

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  18. Dear Mariette,you have been everywhere around the world and - if I'm not mistaken - you and your hubby have been a lot of time in Italy.... So, while thanking for these beautiful pictures which I enjoy very much, I wonder if I could perhaps write my comments in Italian wich know better,of course!
    Have my love, you are a great person and a dear dear friend too.

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  19. I haven't looks lovely!!!! I've only been out of the states a few times...I see the need to travel in my future :)

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  20. Dear!,

    magicly amazing this valley, I havn't visited as yet, but I could immagine it 's a beautiful nature.
    Saya Rindu Pulang.....!!!;)

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  21. Da hast Du viel von der Welt gesehen, liebe Mariette! Ich schaue grad mal in Deinen Blog wegen der Pilze. Du hattest irgendwo einen Post mit Urkunden oder ähnlichem von Deinem Mann in dieser Sache. Die Suchfunktion zeigt mir da leider nichts an, sie funktioniert irgendwie nicht mehr so richtig.
    Ich komme da jetzt drauf, weil ich einen Post über Pilze schreiben möchte, die ich vor kurzem entdeckte.
    Danke auch für Deine lieben Zeilen von neulich. Bin sehr eingespannt, komme aber immer wieder und lese bei Dir auch sehr gern in den Tiefen Deines Blogs, was immer sehr spannend ist!

    Viele liebe Grüße
    Sara

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