Tropical Island

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Sunday, January 23, 2011

We traveled from Jakarta to Jogjakarta by train - arriving at the station early in the morning we were all missing the truck.

The train journey was 10 hours through the Java countryside, the view was interesting but the main action was on the train. Right from the start at 6 o'clock in the morning until we arrived at our destination there was a stream on vendors and entertainers up and down the train. You could purchase anything from a cup of coffee to feather dusters. People jumped on the train at a station and went a few stops, hopped off and took the next train back. It was a constant stream of people including a number of entertainers who were definitely lady-boys.

Jogjakarta is a much small town than Jakarta and the home of the King.

The streets are busy and very colourful. Many of the walls have painting and messages on them.

On a trip around the local temples we had serious delays due to heavy rain washing the volcanic ash into the roads. Merapi had erupted in November dropping tonnes of ash on the local villages, all the rivers have had to carve new courses through the poles of black ash, houses are surrounded by piles of ash. With the heavy rain the ash was turned into thick treacly mud and was blocking roads. We didn't get much sightseeing done but the road trip was exciting. We stopped at the Hindu Temple and were mobbed by school children who hang out at tourist sights to talk English. Luckily we were with a guide or I think we would have been there all day.

Went to visit Merapi at sunrise and believe it or not the cloud lifted just as we got there so we were able to see the summit. That is steam not cloud at the top. The ash cloud has destroyed the village totally, they is a wide path cut through the countryside where everything is dead and covered with black ash.

After the visit to the volcano with returned to civilization with a visit to the Royal Palace, it is well preserved as it is still in use.
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Mike on

Who is this skinny women that keeps appearing in you photos????????

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