Our first large Indonesia city

Trip Start Jun 18, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Coming into Java from Bali also exposed us to another thing that will be very prevalent on our journeys - as many of you now indo has the largest population of muslims in the world and most of them are in Java. The difference was seen as soon as we hit Java. About 1/2 of the women are wearing headscarfes and longsleave clothes, no bikini's here! Mosques are everywhere and along with that is the call to prayer that occurs 5 times a day it's a really strange thing to hear coming from australia where it isn't wide spread.

Back to the fun stuff:

After 2 excting and busy days, with a proposal in there too, the excitement had caught up with us and we took a rest for a day. Nic's ear hadn't fully recovered, so we tried to figure out how I was going to see an ENT (ear, nose, throat specialist) in this place. Luck was on our side, we found out that jsut around the corner from where we were staying was one a DR Seweito and that he could help.

So off to the practice we went, down a couple of dark alleys....getting a bit worried, got there and he was at the orphanage all day and would be back at 5pm. So, orphanage volunteer by day ENT specialist by night...hmmmm! HE ain't putting a scapel to my ear !

At 5pm we headed down, and the nurses there couldn't have been nicer, Dr Seweito was lovely, no degree on the wall but a diagram of an ear which eased our concerns. He spoke english and told me my ear was fine, pretty much what I had figured from looking on the net that the tube was blocked to my throat, no infection or perforation of the drum etc. His first line for my recommended treatment was to skip for 30mins in the morning and take vitamins, then knocked out a script for antiinflammatories which was cool.

So,in the end I was seen by a specialist on the same day for the grand sum of $20, keeping the costs down for our travel insurance company! We thanked him perfusely and headed home, back down the alley.

With a clean bill of health, it was time to celebrate with a engagement dinner which included:
- snack
- salad
- 2 expensive yummy mains
- 2 beers
- soft drink
- desert

the above came to the grand total of $20 (Matt knows how to treat his missus), it was wonderful and there was even live music.

The next day we got up bright and early to see Jogja's main attractions. We were determined to shun the tours and get to the attractions the way the locals do and took public transport, which turned out to be very reliable and cheap, to get to Borobudur the big Buddhist Stupur (see pics). No. 2 for the day was Paramanban the big Hindu one, of note, we saw the damage from one of Indo's many earthquakes. Neverless, both were pretty awesome and worthwhile sights to see.

Matt in his never ending quest to try and be "like a local" backfired when the bribe he offered the security guard, to get a domestic ticket, (ie. a 1/10 of the whitie price) was met with laughter (maybe we should have offered him more) neverless, all was good in the end, and Matt's trusty UQ student card did the trick he got in at the student price.

At the monuments we felt like movie stars, flash backs from Korea were happening, as the locals were grabbing us to be in pictures with them and their extended families. You could see them in the corner of your eye conspiring,then the next second they pounced and your pic was taken, it was very strange, but we were sure to get some photo's of them too.

We have organised a night bus to Jakarta (which will hopefully avoid some traffic) and then we are flying with Air Asia (not an Indonesian company, no offence....) to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. Google it.
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