This postcard is pretty old, in my stardards anyway. It's way back from 1997 and was sent to me by a girl who was my penpal back then. She was Finnish but her family moved to Indonesia for a couple of years as her dad got a job offer in Jakarta. We haven't been writing to each other for years and years now, she suddenly just stopped writing to me and wouldn't reply to the couple of letters I sent to her, wondering what was going on. I do wish people would let me know if they don't want to/can't write to me anymore. This is especially true with this girl as her letters were always so long and lovely, I really enjoyed reading them. Anyway, she sent me a couple of postcards from Indonesia and I thought I'd post one of them here. She sent me this one when she'd only just moved to Indonesia and was still trying to get used to living in a new country. She'd only just been to this beach with her family and told me that the sea was almost as warm as the air (over +30 C). Ahhhh, I'd love to be on a beach like this right now!
West Java, with a population around 43 million, is the most populous and most densely populated province of Indonesia. Located on the island of Java, it is slightly smaller in area than densely populated Taiwan, but nearly double the population. Its capital city is Bandung.
West Java borders Jakarta and Banten province to the west, and Central Java to the east. To the north is Java Sea. To the south is the Indian Ocean. Unlike most other provinces in Indonesia which have their capitals in coastal area, the provincial capital Bandung is located in a mountainous area. Banten province was formerly part of West Java province, but was created a separate province in 2000. West Java is located in the densely populated Western third of Java island, which is home to 1 out of every 4 Indonesians.
West Java and Banten provinces have more mountains than any other province in Indonesia. The province's landscape is one of volcanic mountains, steep terrain, forest, mountains rivers, fertile agricultural land, and natural sea harbours.
The stamp is from a set of 2 greetings stamps issued in 1997.