The real Java

Trip Start Feb 06, 2005
Trip End Jul 2005

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Jakarta was crap, and I was tired. Really tired. I hadn't had more than 4 hours sleep since arriving in Sabah the week before, and the amount of miles I had covered was exhausting. It's much more tiring sitting in a bus all day than you'd think.
I had decided to make a stop-over in Yogya, and take the opportunity to see Borobodur. It was also a good way to break up the 24 hour-long bus ride across Java. The thought of bus rides by now was enough to make me break out in a cold sweat, so I decided to catch the overnight train; great idea. Second class; stupid idea. A couple of hours in I felt something splash my feet. The woman in the seat ahead had thrown up.
I was not in a good mood when I arrived in Yogya, but I soon cheered up. it is a beautiful city, full of friendly locals, and lacking that embarrassment to the first world- sex tourists. Javanese coffee also helped my mood.
The best was yet to come- Borobodur itself. Words can't describe it, so I won't. You'll just have to go see it for youself. Hah! That'll teach you to travel vicariously.
That night I had decent sleep, but it did nothing. I was still exhausted when I dragged myself from bed to the bus to Denpasar.
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