A bit of Javanese culture from Yogjakarta
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Visited the Kraton
After we left Lake toba on Sumatra we had to spend a night in the infamous city of Medan. The place is infamous because it is a traffic filled polluted mess of a city. Luckily we spent the night in a nice hotel that served 24 hour room service and shielded the noise from outside so we never left our room!
The following day we got our flight to Java and the city of Yogjakarta. We had a a quick stop off on an island just south of Singapore (we shouted out hello, Django & Sabine!) to drop off and pick up passengers. It felt more like a bus than a plane!
Yogjakarta is Java's cultural heart and is still run by a sultan that lives in a place called the Kraton which is like a mini city within the main city
We were pleasantly surprised with Yogjakarta. It is a chilled city with friendly locals. To be honest we were trying to avoid the cities in Indonesia as much as possible as most of them are polluted urban sprawls, but as I said Jogja (as the locals call it) is cool. We stayed in a nice guesthouse with lovely staff that was on the same road as this great cafe called Via Via. It is actually part of a chain of cafes around the world that tries to benefit the local population as much as possible. The food was amazing and once again the staff were brilliant. The level of service we have received in Indonesia has been amazing. After visiting the Kraton which was average in our opinion we went to the local market, mainly to see all the lovely local spices they had. Whilst walking around, locals would come up to us to have a little chat. It looks like that the Indonesians are edging out in front when it comes to friendliest locals on this trip!
We were only in Jogja for 2 days as the main reason we were in this area is to go and see the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobudur. So this is a short and sweet entry.
See you at one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in the world.
All our love Paul & Karen (who has decided to watch cable t.v. instead of write!) xxx