Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
86Trip End Jul 27, 2011
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Fuji Villas is a beautiful place, but unfortunately, we miscalculated the ‘quiet setting’, not realizing that it isn’t just on the town’s outskirts, but in a whole different village between the city and the volcano, Merapi. A much bigger issue is the misunderstanding we had with the online listing’s wording of ‘free internet’
Both Manu and Vera fall sick, so their experience of this stop is a tad tainted. We cover a little of Yogya town, see Borobudur, Merapi volcano and Ramayana Ballet besides the stunning temples of Prambanan.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction, Buddhist monument dating back to the 8th century. We spent more time having giggling teenagers and adults alike take pictures of and with us than taking our own. We don’t quite understand why and find it bizarre. We don’t think we look all that different to them. When we ask, one person told me "because your skin so beautiful". Another one tells Manu multiple times how beautiful he thinks we are. Thomas explains that to them we are like celebrities. They find it very special that we are in their country. Proud of my tan that took me months to cultivate, I must wonder why us white people always try to catch a healthy tan while coloured folks try so hard to look white
Translates loosely to ‘Mountain of Fire”, the nation’s most active volcano, erupts every two to three years with large eruptions every 10 to 15 years. The last eruption was at the end of last year, October to December saw lava flowing down its slopes, volcanic earthquakes and eruptive activity caused over 350 deaths. On our walk up the volcano slopes it starts pouring, so we stop at a local tea hut and hang out with two local tourists. We are getting used to the attention and succumb to a little photo session with them. When the rain ceased, we resume our walk past scorched bamboo huts, skeletal remains of houses with blackened furniture awkwardly perched on their roofs, burned-out cars in front of the fertile, slightly surreal landscape
Prambanan Temle and Ramayana Ballet:
We regret not having seen this temple by day light. Somehow, we mistook Borobudur as the more impressive temple in our research. Too bad. I will want to come back for it. We came here to see the famous Ramayana Ballet, a theatrical dance performance put on with the lit temple as the breathtaking backdrop. Unfortunately, the dry season doesn’t start until May, so we have to make do with a smaller show of only 50 or so performers (versus 200) on an indoor stage next door. Still a magical performance to watch. It is the dramatic love story of Rahma and Shinta against Rahwana. A must-see if you ever get around to here.
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