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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta May 12th 2015

Do you know when you arrive at your new destination and you get a good feeling about a place. Well for us arriving in Yogyakarta, Indonesia gave us that same feeling and we knew that we were going to enjoy this country. And our gut feelings were right, we loved it. You might be confused about the title of this blog then, but read on and all will make sense. Arriving in Yogyakarta (pronounced "Jog-Ja-Karta") we were both itching with excitement, but also exhausted after our flight. Not quite sure what our next move should be we were torn between exploring further and getting some rest. Before we begin you may be asking; why Indonesia? For us Indonesia offered us a chance to gain an insight into such a dynamic fascinating culture, into the rich religious ... read more
Tricycle driver taking a nap
Delicious vegetarian meal with fried egg, vegetables, and Tempe.
Looking through Borobodur

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 29th 2015

Landing in Jakarta: the Airport LIA -- Language in Action, hosted their 2nd International Conference in Yogyakartha at the end of April and beginning of May...still Southeast Asia but how different the culture from Vietnam! Landing in Jakarta at the airport I found so many different groups, each wearing distinct clothing to distinguish membership in that clan as distinct from others -- different colors, different head scarves, some with particular embroidery, some wearing the headscarf in a different way, some wearing skull caps, some a kind of fez. quite extraordinary. I wanted to whip out my camera but was a little too stressed with some visa and passport challenges to fully savor those moments and my first impressions. Hotel Aryudata Changing my plans to fix those problems I had to book a hotel in Jakarta and ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 4th 2015

I have visited Bali several times since 1998, however this was to be my first visit to what I had started to think of as the "real" Indonesia. With 255 million people and 88% of the population Muslim, it has the largest Muslim population in the world. Yet although it has been an Islamic country for the last 500 years, it also has a strong history of both Hinduism and Buddhism, making it a fascinating country to visit. While obviously Islamic, with most of the women wearing hajibs and with bacon nowhere to be found in the breakfast buffets, the history of Hindu and Buddhism seemed to be integrated into the culture. I liked Yogyakarta. Despite the manic motorcycles and scooters and the cacophony of horns it has a laid back feel to it. The city ... read more
Becak driver takes a break
Graffiti art is everywhere in Yogyakarta
Wedding at the hotel, and these little girls are ready!

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 30th 2015

On the train to Surabaya, East Java March 30,2015 Yogyakarta is very pleasant compact city in Central Java. We have had a very enjoyable five days here. It would have been four but one was a Sunday! So what is special about Sundays? Well first it must be appreciated that Indonesia is a country on the move in many ways. It is the third most populous country in the world after India and China and it had seen substantial economic growth over the last twenty five years. Indonesians are mobile and they appreciate that Yogyakarta is the cultural hub of Java. We have met local tourists from Sumartra, Jakarta and Bali at the city's sights. So, when I went to buy tickets on Saturday for the train to Surabaya in East Java on Sunday morning I ... read more
Traditional Javanese Dancers
The remaining bathing pools at the Water Palace
Dyed chicks for sale at the bird market

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 19th 2015

Had to set my alarm for 05.30 to get to the airport on time for my flight to Bali. Having again a bit of an issue with the taxi driver - first him not wanting to go on the meter, would rather charge me 180,000 rupiah as opposed to 50,000, secondly driving really slowly even though there being no traffic on the road and thirdly trying to make me pay for airport parking! I gave him 50,000 as that's what it cost from airport to hotel, had a word and got out the car - annoyed from how unnecessary he had been! Sitting waiting for my plane a lady with her 8yr old daughter from Borneo wanted a photo and a hug! Very unexpected but very endearing all the same. Next I chatted to a nice ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 18th 2015

Having booked to stay for a 4th night this morning I had to move from my room to a deluxe room ( but hotel kindly offered it at the same price - I explained im a poor traveller on a budget!) the only difference being a teas made and air conditioning - as apposed to free tea 5 metres from your room and a perfectly adequate fan! After breakfast and heading off together, this time hiring a motorised rickshaw ( our guilty conscience from yesterday!) we were first taken to the sultans palace. With not really a huge amount to see we then popped back to the cafe - which is very close - to say our goodbyes to the lovely couple from Thursday. What is special about the cafe is a large cat type creature ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 15th 2015

Had a relaxed start to my first day bumping into Rebecca at reception asking for directions to certain attractions - I asked her if she wanted to go exploring together - which she did, so off we went. From Catalonia Rebecca has been in travelling for 6 months and soon to be going home. Her first stop being Australia to learn English then a bit of south east Asia on her return. Our first stop was to a pharmacy and after not getting what I wanted - but it had to do! We headed in the direction of the sultans palace. With every 10th Step a local asking us if we want a taxi, a rickshaw or just generally asking a million questions - where are you going? What are you doing? Where are you from? ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 9th 2015

Everything I did in Yogyakarta was just plain fun. I originally planned on staying in the region for about six days, but after a couple I realized that I needed to stay a bit longer to experience as much as I could of the things the city has to offer. I had to skip Jakarta, but from every person I met throughout the country—locals and travelers—it seems like it was a good decision. I arrived late into Yogyakarta, and my first night I spent it settling into the hotel, checking out the neighborhood, eating good pasta, and seeing some live music. The pasta I had the first night was delicious, and I continued to go to Mediterranea, a restaurant run by a French chef, throughout my stay in Yogyakarta. All of the food that the restaurant ... read more
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Looking at Borobudur
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta February 28th 2015

Yogyakarta ...wird Dschodschakarta ausgesprochen, oder kurz Jogya (Dschodscha) ich hab mich dort nur kurz aufgehalten, aber lange genug um die Parade zum Chinesischen Neujahr mitzuerleben.... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 21st 2014

Yogyakarta (Prambanan) - Tuesday, 16 December, 2014 Our second day in Yogyakarta begins our day trips to Java island's most popular natural and archaeological destinations. Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex of Hindu temples built around 8 - 10 CE (AD) and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We arranged a driver from our hotel for 400,000 IDR for a sunset tour. Park admission was not included and was 225,000 IDR ($20 USD) each person. Every monument in this country seems to be 225,000 IDR for foreigners, which seems a little steep. Our driver picked us up around 3pm at about the hottest part of the day, 95 F. He took us to Candi Sambisari (pronounced sandy sambi-sorry), one of the outer-lying temples, first. It appeared there were no foreign tourists about, only local school children. ... read more
Us at the Sultan's Palace
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