And the world tour continues.
Since he left office, former U.S President Barack Obama has been jetsetting around the world. We’ve spotted him and Michelle yachting with Oprah and Sir Richard Branson, staying at a renovated Tuscan villa of Borgo Finocchieto. Now, the Obamas are seen in Indonesia, their daughters Malia and Sasha are also tagging along this time around.
As a child, the former President lived several years in the Southeast Asian country. At six years old, Obama’s divorced mother remarried an Indonesian man. She stayed in Indonesia working as an anthropologist and development aid worker. When Obama turned ten years old, he moved to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.
The traveling family landed on Friday, after accepting an invitation from Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to visit at the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java. During their family’s nine-day trip, the 44th POTUS will also speak at an Indonesian Diaspora Congress in Jakarta on July 1.
The famous family were seen river rafting on the Ayung River in the relaxing resort island of Bali. Ayung River is the longest river in Bali, running 75 km from the northern mountain ranges and discharges into the Badung Strait at Sanur near Denpasar.
After Bali, the Obamas arrived on a private jet at the historic city of Yogyakarta’s military airport. Later, they visited Borobudur – the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple. It’s also the world’s largest Buddhist temple which consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.
After Borobudur, they’ll also be exploring the ancient Hindu temple of Prambanan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is also a 9th-century religious compound dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).
It’s been reported that 650 Indonesian security forces were assigned to protect the former First Family in Yogyakarta. How’s that for traveling in style?
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