Yogyakarta & Mount Merapi - Day 183

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Mount Merapi

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Today I celebrate 6 months in Asia, it's been a colourful, enjoyable and at times hard, half a year on the biggest continent in the world. I feel I need at least need another 6 months to do the continent justice, but I move on to Australia in 6 days which I'm sure will be a very different experience to my time in Asia. I'll defiantly be back in Asia one day, there's so much more I need to see. I really want to spend some time in the Philippines, visit China and Mongolia, and also explore Indonesia in more depth. I made the decision to skip the Philippines to spend more time in Indonesia, a wise move as massive flooding hit the country in recent weeks due to a tyhoon. Travel overland has apparently become completely impossible. Probably lucky more than wise that I changed my plans at the last minute.

Tonight I climb Indonesia's most volatile volcano, and the sixth most active in the world, Gunung Merapi ("Giving Fire"). The Javanese worship this 2914 metre high volcano which sits bang in the centre of rugid Java. The locals see the volcano as a life-giver due to the fertile land which surrounds it. This "life-giving" volcano also has the ability to take lives too, thousands of people over the last century have been killed by massive eruptions and lava-flows which have annihilated some of the surrounding villages.

I leave Yogyakarta at 10pm tonight to start the climb to the summit for sunrise. I'm trying to do as many mountain treks as possible before I leave Indonesia. Australia is not renowned for it's big peaks, the biggest on the continent is Kosciusko just south of Canberra at a little over 2000 metres. I'll be climbing it of course, but it's suppose to be a walk in the park, there's even a cable car most of the way up. Trying to get my mountain fix in now because the next real opportunity will be New Zealand in November. I'm sure New Zealand will be completely awesome but it seems a long, long way away. In reality though, it's only a little over two months from now before I fly to the north island from Sydney.

I've had a pretty uneventful day today, surfed the internet for a couple of hours, walked around town, bought some small souvenirs and had an afternoon nap in preparation for tonight.
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rahmah on

i was planning to go to yogyakarta next july...and i want to know how to get to mt merapi from the town? so how did u get there, did u drive or took a bus?

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