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... Sewu temple. The message of supersession and replacement is pretty clear. Originally there were close to 250 Hindu temples constructed at Prambanan (although the local name, Loro Jonggrang, implies there were 1000), but earthquakes and volcanic explosions have repeatedly leveled the site over the years, the Dutch allowed locals to take some of the building material for their own housing when they were in charge, and only the largest and most important of the temples ...
... her favorite Indonesian dish Gado Gado.
Gado-gado in Indonesian literary means "mix-mix" since it is made of rich mixture of vegetables such as potatoes, string beans, bean sprouts, spinach, chayote, bitter gourd, corn and cabbage, with tofu, tempeh and hard-boiled eggs, all mixed in peanut sauce dressing. Two Gado Gado and two large mugs of tea for a pricely sum of £1.20. This was most definitely the preferred option ...
... s) they were furtively taking pictures, or even video, without asking.
Local celebrities are us.
The sun having set on Buddha for another day we got in the car to come home, got routinely stuck in the Yogya traffic making the trip two and a half hours instead of the one hour promised, but spent that time chatting to a Moroccan couple, our fellow passengers, who were intrigued by our super traveller status. They'd never heard of Laos so we ...
... The entire thing is massive (it's the largest Buddhist temple in the world), and the sheer number of decorations is impossible to digest. There are several hundred statues of Buddha, and miles of reliefs. For once we actually understood much of what we were seeing in the reliefs of Buddha's life: between everything we had learned in Myanmar and Cambodia, and our guides help, the stories were starting to become familiar. The temple was also ...
... with all of our warm clothes that we needed for New Zealand home. Even though the Indonesian Post is not uncomplicated, they were at least nicer to us than Austrian post office workers would have been to unknowing foreigners. On Friday afternoon we boarded the train to Surabaya, Eksekutif class of course :-) Little did we know that the Dutch couple that got off the train in Yogyakarta should turn out to have been the last white people we should see for the next two ...