A couple of weeks ago some of the teachers from school invited me to go on a boat ride with them on the Kahayan River here in Palangkaraya. The boat ride takes you up the river in one direction for about 45 minutes, turns around and heads back, then goes about 45 minutes in the other direction, and turns around to conclude the voyage where it began. There were a total of 8 of us and the boat was called KM. Lasang Keras Garu. There's not a whole lot going on on the boat itself. We were all just talking and having a good time. This is us.
The river is a major source of income for the people that live on it. There are a lot of house boats and I was told that these people are all fisherman. You can really get a sense of the fishing lifestyle from these pictures. You don't see anything like this back home. The river is used for everything from bathing, doing laundry or the dishes, and even drinking. They have a filtration system that cleans the water and then they drop in iodine tablets.
I wouldn't swim in it though.
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