Solo, Central Java

Trip Start Jun 09, 2009
Trip End Aug 10, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Sunday, July 12, 2009

From Bromo we combined a bus and train to get to the city of Solo and what a nice change of pace the train was!  We opted to upgrade ourselves to "executive class" which essentially means that you ride in an air-conditioned 2 by 2 car and are served a small snack.  At $12 a piece for a 4-hour ride with no stopping to pick up people flagging the bus down along the way and to actually have some leg room was quite a luxury.  (On the local buses Jon is usually relegated to riding the bus side-saddle with one cheek on the seat and another hanging out into the aisle and with one leg in and one out.  Asian buses just aren't made for large folks.  It can make for a long journey, but for the average price of about $1.50 for a 70 mile journey, who can complain!)

Again, the kind Indonesians stepped up.  Waiting for our train we sat at the station next to an older couple who spoke not a lick of English.  Through the wonders of a phrase book we managed to have some limited conversation.  Before the train even arrived to begin our journey they offered to take us to our hotel once we arrived in Solo.  Again, when was the last time any of us did that back home?!

In Solo we took a great bicycle tour of the local area seeing cottage industries at work and it ended up being one of the most interesting and worthwhile tours we have taken in quite some time.  The pictures will take you along with us...enjoy!

Until next time,
Jon and Liz

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