The elusive elixir!

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End Nov 2007


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Thursday, March 8, 2007

It started well, the scenery on the journey was stunning, lots of rice terraces and people working in them planting or harvesting and lots of beautiful tiny villages with white houses with red tiled roofs. And then we got to Bandung, or as we like to call it "Dung"! Bandung is a big city but there are some nice hills around it with hot springs and tea plantations but the main reason we were there was to try Bajigur and Bandrek. Bajigur is spiced coffee made with coconut milk and Bandrek is spicy ginger tea with coconut. Since we'd read about these drinks months ago we were determined to track them down and Bandung was meant to be the place to try them. We found a room that was a bit more cheerful than the one in Jakarta and set off on the search. A man asked us where we were from and what we were looking for, when we told him he took it upon himself to lead the bajigur hunt so ............................................................ .................................................2 hours we had no luck and we were also wondering what the deal was with this random man and whether we were being set up for a scam (Holly - remember the chinese silk house!) We kept expecting him to take us to a Batik shop and say, "Oh my friend in this shop likes bajigur, lets go and ask him". But nothing of the sort happened and we made our excuses and left him, it was 3pm and we hadn't eaten since breakfast so we had a massively disapointing lunch of gado gado another indonesian speciality we'd been looking forward to, it turned out to be vegetables boiled to the point of dissolving and smothered with peanut sauce then topped with prawn crackers!

In desperation we went to the tourist office and asked the man there where to find bajigur, he told us people only drank it at night so a few hours later we went back out to resume the hunt. Finally we tracked it down, a man had a stall near the train station, we ordered 2 glasses and sat down on his little bench .............................................................................................................2 mins later we chucked the contents of the glasses away and left! Bajigur was a terrible disapointment, there must have been about 8 sugars per cup and it tasted like condensed coconut milk rather than coffee! Sensibly we decided to quit while behind and didn't bother to look for bandrek, instead we went to the train station and booked a ticket for the first train out of town the next morning. We could have gone to hot springs the next day but it was really hot and sunny there so it didn't really appeal. Dejected we went to bed and were bitten to pieces by bed bugs!
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starlagurl
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Too bad...
That sucks that your drink turned out to be disappointing... and THEN you get home only to be bitten by bed bugs... aw...

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