Day 72 Pangandaran to Yogyakarta (Mon 13th Sept)
Just another travel day today. We drove past Jakarta, which took hours! The amount of traffic in this country is incredible, but at least some of the roads are properly surfaced here. We also managed to get in before dark tonight for a change. We ate dinner at the hotel and had a relaxing evening.
Actually, the only remotely interesting thing that happened all day was that we discovered (by way of a rather odd conversation to begin with) that Ali had been going to the toilet backwards. Since Iran. No wonder she never had enough room! Okay so I know Asian toilets are a little different, but really...this provided entertainment for quite a while and Lynn and I couldn’t stop laughing. Who needs a TV anyway?
Day 73 Yogyakarta
Today we left the hotel at 0800 for our day trip out to Borodudur to see the temple there. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world and one of the oldest too. We got there at 1000 and agreed to meet at 1200 to give us all time to look around.
Walking up the
Borobadur Temple 2
The largest Buddhist Temple in the world
9 lots of stairs was interesting. Not only was it a long way up, but it was extremely crowded. It was worth it though. The carvings in the stone walls told a story as you made your way up the various levels and it was surprisingly intricate. There were many stupas at the top with Buddha’s in them and the views were amazing too.
I also spent quite a lot of time with people asking to take a picture with me. I’ve come to expect it a bit more now, but it still feels odd. At least I got some good photos out of it though. And they certainly make the most of a captive audience, as the exit path winds a long way through the market stalls. It’s the only way out and very narrow.
Since we got back around 1400, it was definitely time for lunch. We went to the Viavia cafe next door to the hotel and were served by a young guy with the worst attitude of anyone I have experienced in months - but food to make you forget the waiter’s tantrums. I splurged a bit for some tender lamb chops in cream
Borobadur Temple 3
Carvings that go all around every level of the temple
sauce and quite possibly had the best meal I have tasted on the trip to date. We even arranged to get some take away for tomorrow’s lunch.
I had a couple of drinks with Matt and Stephen in the same cafe in the evening when I went to pick up the take away orders for everyone. Fortunately the idiot waiter was gone for the day and the girls were much nicer, though still busy. Matt had been to pick up his laundry but they had no record of it and he had forgotten to get a receipt. When we suggested he went to the wrong laundry he wasn’t sure and since everything else was closed, he will have to go back tomorrow. Unfortunately we leave at 0600 and everything opens at 0800, so he will have to catch us up at our next stop. Ooops.
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