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... us that they're not diseased and there shouldn't be any further problems regarding the bite. Good thing we got our rabies shots before leaving home! We bought some fruit for lunch and then headed back to the hotel to cool off a bit. After our eventful afternoon we took it easy for the rest of the night.
The next day was more relaxed. We spent most of it planning the rest of our time in Indonesia and enjoying the hotel pool. The ...
... had struck off the coast of Java, about 50 kilometers from Yogyakarta. We actually didn't feel anything, but plenty of people did, and several buildings in Yogyakarta were damaged.
We eventually made our way up to the old part of Yogyakarta, north of the kraton, and visited Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta's main market established by Hamengkubuwono I. We wound our way through narrow aisles between endless stalls, marveling at the incredible ...
... very much in evidence, hence the slightly bizarre need for hard hats whilst admiring the temple friezes. With the fearsome Mount Merapi, a Decade Volcano and the most active in Indonesia, as a backdrop it's testament to the builders of the time that there's anything left of the temples still standing! We're thankful to report that Merapi was in a good mood during our visit.
Day two meant Borobudur, one of the most spectacular and important Buddhist shrines ...
... touch-callout: none;">To my great surprise and indeed pleasure, Java has excellent roads. I was expecting potholes and bumpy car journeys here, which my mother had mentioned when musing about her own visit to Java back in 1980. But the very opposite is true, with many of the roads laid with smooth, black Tarmac, better than most of the roads back in Europe!
I also came across a toilet with instructions - only in Asia!
... each about 2.5 metres high.
The Buddha is notable for his posture; instead of the normal lotus-position, he sits Western-style with both feet on the gound. One source claims that this is the most outstanding statue in its original setting in Java.
Again, the site was virtually deserted, as was our foray into the neighbouring Mendut Buddhist Monastery.