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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 25th 2011

Now you just dig them in front. They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight, how much money for gas, the weather, how they'll get there - and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see. But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won't be at peace unless they can latch on to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end. - Jack Kerouac, On The Road ------------------------------------------------------------------------ The Indonesia Trip Part 1: Resa and the ... read more
Prambanan Plane
Borobudur 2
Prambanan Temple 2

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 3rd 2011

We are sitting on the balcony of the Bedhot Resto at the moment, having a nice chilled Bintang and weird crisps (I want a package of Walkers Cheese&Onions crisps NOW!). We actually planned to have a massage tonight but as the girl who was meant to give me a massage was very busy with her blackberry there is no massage tonight. But first things first. The last entry ended with the wonderful train ride if I remember it right. Okay, so after 10 sweaty hours on a train we arrived in Yogyakarta (Jogja) and made our way to Sosro where all the guesthouses (losmen) are. We walked around for quite a while and saw loads of different places. A guy thought he'd do us a favour (and his wallet with the commission) by dragging us to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta November 5th 2011

Of course, I will not forget that day, November 5, 2010. Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia located in Yogyakarta Province and Central Java Province showed its "power" to the world. I was in Yogyakarta at that time and constantly heard the strong rumble voices since midnight. I thought Merapi was ready to erupt and it was precise. I came outside from the hostel I stayed inside Gadjah Mada University and amazingly (and scarily actually) for the first time in my life I saw and felt the rain of sands. It was not only ash rain that already happened several days before. Both ash and sand rain were the impact of the Merapi's activity. Then I started to turn on television and it had already been the headline news in all Indonesian TV ... read more
Gadjah Mada University atmosphere after Merapi Eruption
Gadjah Mada University was full of ashes and sands
Car with ashes. People wrote insaf, means repetance

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta September 12th 2011

Le 10 septembre 2011, Ce matin, lever a l heure des poules, on doit partir pour l aeroport de Medan et etre a l heure pour notre vol de 12:35 avec Batavia Air… pas question de le manquer, et avec les routes de jungle, on a un peu peur… on part finalement a 7:00 pour ce qui doit etre 3 heures de route. On s en sort pas trop mal, on arrive a l aeroport de Medan pour 10:30. Le comptoir de notre compagnie aerienne est ferme, tout est ecrit en indonesien, on s inquiete un peu, notre numero de vol nest annonce nulle part. Finalement, en parlant avec quelques locaux qui souhaitent pratiquer leur anglais, on apprend qu on doit embarquer sur un vol qui n est pas le notre. Celui-ci fait un arret sur ... read more
Notre hotel 4 etoiles sur l ile
Les bains du Sultan

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta August 28th 2011

After paying the hotel manager to make a call with his cell phone, we finally got in touch with the travel agency we booked our return ticket to Bali with and arranged to be picked up in Sengiggi the day after we arrived. We honestly weren’t sure if we were going to make it all the way to Probolinggo on Java or not. Part of us figured we would have to spend a night in Denpasar by the bus terminal and get a bus to Java the next day. All we could do was hope for the best. The ferry ride was quite a bit rougher heading back to Bali. Although the constant rocking back and forth made for a long journey, we got a kick out of the kids next to us as they intently ... read more
beautiful shot!
Yes, we were really there haha
time for sunrise


Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta August 20th 2011

Ya estamos aqui!!! Me ha costado un par de dias dar senyales de vida, debido a la agenda apretadissssssima que hemos tenido hasta ahora. Es que la vida del mochilero es muy dura! Entre el palizon del viaje a singapur, el jet lag, y todas las tareas organizativas para movernos por Java y llegar hasta Bali (que esta siendo mas dificil de lo que creiamos), no me ha dado tiempo a asimilar que ESTAMOS EN INDONESIA! Ahora mismo en Yogyakarta, a punto de irnos a cenar para despues pillar un tren nocturno a Malang, (8horas de viaje) en clase executive, y aun asi nos han comentado que no tendremos ni camas. Que nos ha salido como el doble de precio de lo normal porque es sabado y Ramadan. Hmmmm... expectantes estamos ante la nochecita que nos ... read more
la que viene siendo clasica foto de budas
de picnic
contraluz borobuduresco

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta August 14th 2011

Day 15 - Yogyakarta We were up at a reasonable time on our first full day in Indonesia as we wanted to head down to the palace for what we had been promised would be a traditional Sunday morning dance ritual. However, after rushing down to the palace, all we could find were a gaggle of smiling tour guides ready to walk us round the temple and other points of interest in the vicinity. For the 30p per person it cost to get entry, the £4 for a 3 hour tour guide of the area didn't seem to much of a stretch - try getting a guide in the Vatican for such a small amount. We walked around the palace, learning about Indonesia's history, occupations and subsequent freedoms from Dutch and Japanese rule. The current Sultan ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta August 13th 2011

Up, shower, toast and out. Off to Changi Airport to make our first ever foray into the southern hemisphere. Whilst at the airport she decided to buy herelf a new watch and I decided that I really had to replace my sunglasses as the sun was starting to hurt my eyes. We English and the sun, a dangerously painful combination. Obviously the one pair that actually fit my head were the more expensive ones. This much shopping and we ended up being 2 of the last 3 people to board the aircraft. Something which vexed Elizabeth slightly. Flight was done and over with in just over 2 hours and, with a brief glimpse of Mount Merapi (the one that erupted in October 2010) through the clouds, we touched down in Yogyakarta. A $25 visa application awaited ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta July 22nd 2011

So yesterday we woke up at 4:30am and drove to the Borbobudur Temple - the largest Buddhist temple in the world! Although our guide was really informative, there was such low energy that it was kind of hard to make sure his words didn't go in one ear and out the other. It's often compared to Ankor Wat in Cambodia, and even though this one is bigger and older, it doesn't have any of the enchanting romance that Ankor Wat does. There, it is overgrown with trees and in the middle of the jungle so you really have the sense that it was a long lost temple rediscovered. This one was restored with volcanic rock, and similar to the rest of the country we've seen, it kind of seems like a black void contrasting with a ... read more
I've got the body of a God
Chicks of color

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta July 19th 2011

Nu har vi efterhånden været på Java en god uges tid. Vi bevægede os over land og vand fra Bali. Færgen, der sejlede os fra Bali ville i Nordeuropa uden tvivl have været forbudt til sejlads for mindst 40 år siden. Det gik heldigvis uden problemer. Vejene på Java har vist sig at være i betydeligt bedre stand, end hvad vi har set hidtil på fortrinsvis Bali. Jo længere vi vi kommer vest på, jo mere vestlig levestil ser vi i form af biler, fabrikker, mobiltelefoner o.lign., men der er dog samtidig rigitgt mange, der arbejder med håndkraft i bl.a. rismarkerne. Vi startede på Java med et par dages afslapning i no-where, eller rettere sagt på et utroligt smukt beliggende sted i en plantage. Vi var bl.a. på tur i plantagen, hvor vi så hvordan de ... read more
Børnenes foretrukne køretøj
Imponerende Prambanan

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