We flew into Yogyjakarta (Java) from Denpesar (Bali). We are getting to be like veteran travellers know. Found a taxi and straight off to a Lonely Planet recommended hotel without a hitch and for a fraction of the cost of taking the "Tourist" taxis into town. Unfortunately the Lonely Planet recommended hotel smelled like piss..... again! Not sure who's doing these hotel reviews, but they must really like the smell of piss. It didn't matter though as there were loads of hotels in the area. We found another one that was very basic, but clean and very cheap. It was called the Nuri Losmen. There was a parrot out front which we found to be quite entertaining..........at first. He would mimic any sound he heard. So when we first arrived he was meowing like a cat. Then making gecko sounds. Little did we realize that at 5am he also liked to make his favourite noise of a car alarm, which I'm convinced, was at twice the original volume.
Oh well, it was good for a laugh with the other guests in the hotel. We met some great people at Nuri's Losmen. Too bad we only got to hang out with them a few of nights as we could've travelled with them for a while. They were great fun! Peter was from Northern Ireland. Thomas was from Germany. Adu was from Manchester, England. Jane was a Gordy (from Newcastle, England). There were a few others that we'd meet up with for drinks at night as well. We also met a group of American girls travelling with one Canadian guy "that were all like........ Oh my god...... and stuff" who annoyed the hell out of the rest of the crew, but were good fun to take the 'mick' out of. Yogyjakarta is actually a really fun city, contrary to our initial ideas about the place. There are tonnes of things to do. It's the most popular jump point to get to Borobudur (the largest Buddhist temple in the world) and Prombenan (the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia). We did a day trip to see them both. Very impressive! They were both built around the eighth and ninth centuries. Borobudur sits at the base of Mt. Merapi. Not the one we hiked in Sumarta. I guess Merapi means "Big Fire" so the name is fitting for a number of volcanoes, except this Mt. Merapi is the most active volcano in the world. It last erupted in 2002 which caused damage to the Borobudur ruins. It looked in great shape when we saw it though. We went for sunrise, which was way too damn early, but worth it when we got to the site. Prombenan was a very impressive temple as well, but we couldn't get too close to the main Shiva and Vishnu temples as there was an earthquake back in 2006 that did extensive damage to the temples and they were still unsafe to walk inside. Also, in Yogyjakarta, there is a palace and a water castle, bird and food markets, traditional Javanese puppet shows and traditional Javanese dancing. Needless to say, we weren't bored. Plus, there is a great nightlife scene full of different restaurants, pubs and clubs and a really cool "backpacker" friendly feel to the place. We stayed in Yogyja for 6 nights in total.