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To the gunung DESA BINANGUN - The word gunung means mountain, but that doesn't always mean that this mountain really is a mountain. A stretch of land that runs upward also is named a mountain. After this was clear, we - my girlfriend, her dad, a niece and me - went 'up the mountain' to bring a visit to the recently purchased rice fields where a gubug ('resting house') has been built as well by now.

The rice fields that are located here, at over a kilometer from desa Binangun can only be reached on foot and by motorbike if you take a detour and are a skilled driver. Walking can best be done on bare feet for those that are not experienced in walking here, I soon found out. My newly purchased sandals were stuck in the fertile mud instantly.

After crossing the river, there were no floodwaters passing by fortunately because then water can be as high as the waist of an adult, we followed the path further uphill. No, there was no bridge indeed. It would have only limited use as the path was not wide enough for four-wheeled vehicles. The path followed the contours of several hills, so we had to ascend and descend a couple of times. The descends were the most slippery of all.

After walking through farmlands for half an hour we arrived at the fields of te family. Here are only rice fields that can be used during the wet season because they are not irrigated by a stream or river throughout the year. This means only two harvests a year instead of three harvests for the fertile sawah ('fields') that are located downhill and are irrigated throughout the year.

Only two harvests of rice instead of three are not a really big problem. The missing third harvest is used to grow all kinds of products that do not need wet feet during their first weeks of their growth. Corn, kacang panjang ('long beans'), potato-like plants and of course banana-trees are a good source of food here.

We put down our stuff at the gubug to take a rest. Dad didn't just bring us here and went on cleaning the gardens. He also planted some new plants and removed wild growth in between the kacang tanah ('peanuts'). The fields themselves have not yet been planted with padi ('rice plants') but that will not take weeks anymore.

The 'gubug' in the rice fields higher on the hill.
The 'gubug' in the rice fields higher on the hill. indahnesia.com



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Posted in Travel @ 10 December 2009 23:42 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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