Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta
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... is now a republic, Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta, retains the title of Sultan.
The next day i had a lie in. I wanted to see the two main temples in this region, Prambanan and Borobudur. However, These are 20km (12miles) east and 60km (40miles) north of the city respectively. We all know 2 girls, 1 cup. Well, i decided to do 2 days, 1 bike. In other words, instead of renting a bike for two days, i saved money and rented it for a single ...
... I felt different.
After 7 hours wandering around, drinking coffee, making music and smoking one to many cigarettes it was time for my departure to Jogja. When about 40 minutes up high in the sky it was already time to lower altitude to prepare for landing. At that very right moment I looked outside through the little window and saw volcanoes sticking out of the cloud cover. This impressive image which I will never forget gave me somehow the feeling ...
... It's a beautiful place, set in the jungle and mountainous landscape of Java which we got to witness as the sun rose over the valley. It's difficult to describe the extent of intricate carving, but hopefully my myriad of pictures give across some sense of the scale.
On the same tour we visited Prambanan nearby, a Hindu Temple also built in the 9th Century, but mysteriously abandoned soon after. It has a really interesting history between being ...
... to watch the Gamelan show.
We then checked out and walked to a neighbouring guesthouse where we waited for the bus, as we sat and ate lunch not to far away we talked about coming back to Indonesia in the future. There's a very famous temple (Borobudur) close by and active an volcanoe (Bromo). So much to see just outside Yogyakarta!
Besides the awful bird market, we had a great time! Fell in love with locals, ate some great food, and indulged in the culture.
... Apparently. And when we come back, leaving just three or four days to survive Java's population crisis, we've booked a train to Banjul from where we will visit, amongst other attractions, Java's beautiful Green Canyon.
As I type Liza is unsuccessfully trying to chase a huge black flying insect out of the room. Huge black flying insect looks like he has a sword too. And he's beaten Liza who has given up the chase. So that's three in a bed tonight then. Nice.