Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
93Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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.