Trip Start Oct 06, 2007
16Trip End Apr 06, 2007
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We rode horses and climbed
In the city of Solo, we got in touch with our inner artists during a one-day batik-making course. It turns out batik is really hard and our struggles were documented on camera for a Malaysia-based travel show. (Speaking of being "on camera" we've been asked so many times to pose as the token white people in photos with vacationing Indonesians that we've decided to start charging 1,000 rupiah for this service.)
Also in Solo, we toured the neighboring villages on bike to learn about the cottage industries of the region: sarong dyeing,
Along with the daily commuters and pickpockets, we rode a train for the short 50 kilometers from Solo to Yogyakarta. We were befriended by one of the commuters (who later arranged our transportation to the Dieng Plateau) but later in the trip a pickpocketer also got friendly with Jay's pants. Fortunately, our hero intercepted the potential thief as he was removing his hand from Jay's pocket, and after a small scuffle, the pickpocketer slunk away.