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Today we took a local bus to the Prambanan temples, the biggest Hindu temple complex in Java. A lot of the temples were badly damaged in the earthquake in 2006 which was a shame but 2 had been especially well restored. We stayed for a few hours but by midday it was boiling and we couldn't maintain enthusiasm- luckily we'd got there early so had seen everything by 12.
... a temple visit the following day which of course I agreed to before crashing out in my little room. 6am (SIX AM!!) The next morning I was up, gave myself a cold water "shower" with my bucket and went downstairs to meet Rani who took me on her motorbike for some spicy chicken based breakfast and then on to one of her schools where I met a load of her sweet students. Their task for the morning was to go to the Prambaya.. temple nearby and ask foreigners a number ...
Pretty sure I've nicked that title from an old Guardian column circa 1980 but as google says "No", as it does with many things from just before the era of the internet, then it's mine, all mine.
Things I've omitted to tell you about Yogya. Well, for a start, it's not me being trendy by shortening the name. They have two ways of doing it here, Yogya or Jogja, because writing out all those letters all the time is a pain. It's too hot to be long-winded ...
... to recharge our batteries.
That said, you do still need to balance the resting with getting out to see the interesting nearby sights, and so we found ourselves setting our alarm for 4:15am on Friday in order to catch a 5am tour out to the Buddhist temple at Borobudur. This is a multi-level Buddhist temple from the 8th century when Java was predominantly Hindu and ...
... but I cannot take pictures of
them. An elderly women was trying to sell something in the hospital, she was
almost bent double under the things she carried on her back.
Today in the afternoon I received from one of the learners a
recipe for persistent coughing. One cup of lemon grass tea in the morning, in
the afternoon eat sawo fruit and at night drink sweet soya sauce with lime. If
I ever can find out what sawo is I might try ...