I am lucky to have an opportunity to visit an old town in San Diego last Spring Break, people know it as a birth place of California. After 2-3 hours driving, my husband and I finally arrived. Actually, the initial plan was to visit the zoo first, but we decided to go backward, and ended up not to visit the zoo, he he
It was 11: 00 a.m in the morning and the parking lot was already so packed. We drove around, keeping an eye to people who will be leaving, but no one seemed ready to go home at that hour. Then, we decided to visit an old town first, a place in which I end up want to visit again and again in the future.
We went to an old theatre from which we could get a feeling of being an audience in a classic drama theatre. We could see cowboy stuffs….real and antique ones, visit a historic State Park, near to the old Victorian home whose condition is still good and classy. we entered some souvenir stores from which I bought my cute little hanging kitchen utensils.. We also had a very good lunch, a yummy burger with fries and coke—he he. Yap, we really had a good time.
But, since the first time I arrived in old town, I remember kota lama, Semarang in Central Java. It is similar in terms of a historic site, but I honestly should say that an old town, San Diego much more well preserved than kota lama, Semarang. I wish the local government in Semarang could do something about that, pay more attention to the preservation and maintenance of old buildings, and redesign that particular location in a way that could make people want to visit again and again.
I would imagine Kota Lama turns into something “magic”, a systematic/more organized historic city with a lot of cafes, which sell Indonesian food and small stores which sell Indonesian Batik and/or souvenirs..plus nice “alun-alun” in the middle of its city. The feeling of “little Netherland” city is still there, but I am worried it will be faded someday..
I wish there will be people in the governmental office to pay more attention to the authenticity and uniqueness of this city. And I wish…it is not only for Kota Lama Semarang, but also for other old historic places in Indonesia…
It is for us, for our descendents.. to get them able to see and better understand the nation history.. their identity. It is from the history, we would be able to learn the past, live for the present, and to get ready for the future.
May May …May…Amin..