Sala is an indigenous fruit of Southeast Asia. The starchy, crunchy, edible part of the fruit is protected by a leathery brown skin. (Sala, or sometimes known as salak, translates as “snake fruit.”) This photo of a sala seller was taken inside one of the many markets that line the main road in Yogyakarta.
I turned 58 today in Yogyakarta, Java. According to my trip itinerary we shall be flying at 7:55 a.m. back to Bali, where we travel to Pemuteran in the far north of the island for a couple of days of snorkeling. We may see a waterfall, and a temple or two, along the way, and hopefully will stop at a market to go souvenir shopping – one of my favorite things to do. I am a complete tourist, and adore shopping for tchotchkes that I would not see back at home. (Although these days we live in such a global world, everything seems to be available online.)
So my birthday is a travel day, and that’s fine. I will be doing something that I don’t usually do on my birthday – like driving in Indonesia. And will definitely do something I always do – celebrate.