I used to think that Bandung was only famous for its shopping.
But many years ago, when both me and the hubs arrived to discover the secrets of Java, I realized it was much more than just retail bargains. For we soon fell in love with the people, the land, and its cuisine. Java’s high volcanic peaks, hot springs and UNESCO heritage sites, were definitely a huge attraction which brought us to its shores in the first place. After all which stoic traveler could gaze upon Borobudur or the Prambanan Temples and not be moved? Very few I imagine.
Now, returning to Bandung after several years, I was surprised to see that a lot, yet little had changed. It was still unspoiled to a certain degree, but you could see that a lot of resources had been pumped back into the city. All positive signs, I must say.