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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 27th 2016

Cas took Ed and Hat on a crafts morning in Jogja. A two hour visit to a traditional batik factory where they all go to make their own design and gave them printed. The kids loved the factory and Cas kept her beady eye on them as there were vats of hot wax etc. After this they went to a silversmiths workshop to make rings. They were given strips of silver to hammer, twist, stamp and they were delighted to get their hands on a blowtorch to do some soldering. They turned up at the villa st 2.00pm, bearing a slice of delicious Dutch apple pie. I had the full run down of how everything was made and they were very enthusiastic about both visits. Cas had made me a lovely silver ring, as I'd left ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 26th 2016

Seeing an active volcano firsthand has been a boyhood dream of mine, prompted by the world encyclopaedia that Mom and Dad gave me for my 10th Christmas. Tonight I get to climb one! Led by an experienced guide we will walk up Mount Merapi. The climb starts at 1am in the morning, to avoid the worst of the heat, at around 6.000ft and we ascend a further 3,600 ft to reach the summit in time to see the sunrise (and hopefully some volcanic smoke and smells) Gunung Merapi translates to Fire Mountain in Javanese. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. The last eruption was 10th March 2014 and it's highest point is 9,610 feet. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 26th 2016

Breakfast was served up st the main house and the owner couldn't have been more accommodating. His Dutch heritage shows in the fusion breakfast which included a green pancake fringed with bananas (?). After yesterday's travelling we all just fancied a day of kicking back. The kids watched some films, Ed and Zi played chess and droughts. It also took an age to upload seven days of blog pictures as it had been impossible in Batu Karas. Finally, Cas and I completely rethought the Cambodia and Laos itinerary and redid it to reduce travelling and create more time for activities/day trips. We took a car to a local restaurant. Cas wasn't feeling too great when we'd ordered - it was probably the heat as it was both hot and very humid. After lunch we asked our ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 25th 2016

The Indonesians are an ingenious people when it comes to the humble motorbike and put it to a wide range of uses. In a country where there is high levels of poverty a car is beyond many, so motorbikes double as cars, vans and pick up trucks. On one bike we've seen, in order of difficulty or pure ridiculousness: - A famiky of four. - Young child asleep on the handlebars. - Lady using her iPads as she sat on the back - Bamboo cage panniers full of chickens. - Three very large sacks of rice. - A supermarket of shelves loaded drinks and sacks. - A table. - Very large quantity of office water cooler bottles, plus a dozen gas bottles. - A complete glass fronted mobile kitchen. - Ten bales of hay. - A ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta April 25th 2016

After looking into the train and bus options it turned out cheaper to hire a car and driver to take us the 8 hours to Yogyakarta (affectionately known os jogja). Our driver picked us up just before 8.40 and before we left Batu Karas he showed us the bamboo suspension bridge which is option to pedestrians, bikes and motorbikes. We stopped for lunch in a roadside cafe. The kids weren't interested in the noodles and rice we bought them, instead they were occupied by a magician who had a little stall in the corner and also did balloon models. We arrived at Alamanda Villas around 5.00pm which is in the green zone around Jogja. We had our own villa which was a large freestanding room in the middle of paddy fields and was planted with lemon ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta March 4th 2016

Friday 4th March 2016 Yogyakarta, which is pronounced Jogya-karta, or simply Jogja, is the next town on our list. We'd bought the train tickets on our first day in Jakarta and after leaving the hostel at 7am for our 8am train, we boarded for what would be an 8 hour journey. We'd paid a little more for an 'Executive' train which according to the hostel was going to provide us with a more comfortable journey. The tickets had cost £18 each but for the long journey we wanted to be comfy. When the train pulled up at 7:30am I noticed it was quite a run down old looking train, for some reason, in my head I was picturing the Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan. This was not of that standard, but having said that, once on ... read more
Making friends at Prambanan temple
Being idiots around Prambanan temple
View of Prambanan temple with random locals

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta January 3rd 2016

It was a choice between Bali and Yogyakarta (Jogja) for our year-end trip, and considering the crowd heading to the former, we hopped on the less conventional destination and based ourselves in Kasongan town, some half an hour south of Jogja city to spend our 5 nights spanning 2015-end and 2016-start. Here are 7 experiences we shared while ushering in the new year: 1. Infinite sunset by Parangtritis beach We rented a motorbike and headed down south where the beach was. It was massively crowded! Lots of people enjoying all the various offerings by the beach; ATV across the sand, horse carriage, kite flying, swimming, sunbathing, etc. We were equally amazed at how everyone's having a great time despite the huge crowd. Not wanting to jostle with the locals for space, we took a stroll to ... read more
Amazing Sunset by the infinity pool
Sun rays shining through into the cave
Fun times with friends :)

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta December 17th 2015

Selamat sore, teman-teman saya, Zo, na 6 dagen eindelijk even een moment om een reisverslag te schrijven. Sinds onze aankomst (11 december, 23:00) in Jakarta hebben we al behoorlijk veel gedaan, hoewel ik nog steeds het gevoel heb dat we er net zijn. Ik zal proberen om een kort te beschrijven wat we tot nu toe gedaan/gezien hebben, ondanks het feit dat ik niet zo goed ben in ' het kort houden'. Na ons vertrek vanaf Schiphol kwamen we 's avonds in Jakarta aan, en nadat onze visa en paspoorts gecheckt waren konden we aansluiten in de rij voor een taxi. De rit was een hele belevenis, en liet mooi de twee kanten van Jakarta zien. Aan de ene kant de wolkenkrabbers, waar wij in Nederland niet aan kunnen tippen, en de Ziggo Dome-esque lichtshows. Aan ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta September 24th 2015

In Bandung lopen we vroeg in de ochtend naar het station om de trein van 07.20 uur te nemen naar Jogjakarta. Wederom zitten we in de Eksekutif klasse, die dit keer helemaal vol zit. Stipt op tijd vertrekken we in oostelijke richting en maakt Bandung plaats voor het platteland. Vooral de eerste paar uur zijn interessant. De trein gaat door een heuvelachtig gebied dat afgewisseld wordt door uitgestrekte dalen. Dan gaan we met veel bochten omhoog, daarna dalen we weer af een vallei in, waar voornamelijk rijst wordt verbouwd. De kegels van oude vulkanen zien we aan de horizon voorbij trekken. Op het land wordt druk gewerkt: de rijst wordt geoogst of aangeplant, andere akkers worden omgeploegd. Af en toe passeren we een dorpje waar ook een station is. Daar staat altijd een medewerker van de ... read more
Op het treinstation van Jogja
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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




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