a city’s trademark ride
I think most of the town in Indonesia has its own becak ride. I have twice tasted becak ride in two cities, Bandung and Jogja. And I dont think it has that many differences from each other.
But when I went to Cirebon, and got to taste their ride it astounded me. Its significantly different from the ride I’ve experienced in Bandung and Jogja. The ride was rather small compared to the others, the sitting has a weird upward position so that you are seated on a relaxed leaned backwards position that really gives a cozy, comfortable feeling to the passenger. It also made getting off was a little bit harder, you have to put some effort to it.
Well that being said, riding the becak really has made my Cirebon trip more enjoyable
The Caruban of Rides
I was in Cirebon on the first weekend on June, a city that was once ruled by a sultanate founded by Sunan Gunungjati. Quite a hot city, it is located in the north coast of West Java and borders with Central Java. It is thought that the word “cirebon” derives from the Javanese word, caruban, meaning “mixed”, a reference to the city’s mix of Sundanese, Javanese, Chinese, and Arabic cultural elements. It has a language of its own, a mixture of Sundanese and Javanese
There are a mixture of transportation preferences by the people of Cirebon. From bicycle, delman, becak, cart and public car. But in the weekend people tend to choose the more modest ride to commute. Either by their own, with their family, or with goods from they just bought from the market, they seem happy and enjoyed their modest ride back home.