Yogyakarta Travel Blog› entry 41 of 45 › view all entries
By the time I arrived in Yogyakarta (Jogja) is was getting pretty tired of traveling. I was tired of the repetitive nature of south east asia, tired of packing every day, tired of sharing the same old travel stories, tired of packing every couple days, tired of showering out of buckets, tired of craping in squatters, tired of all of it and was ready to go home. I could not have been bothered to see do anything else in Java so I just set up camp in the art capital of Java for more than a week, making it my longest stay anywhere other than Tonsai on my entire trip.
I spent a couple days exploring the Kraton area. I thought the Sultan`s palace was pretty lame but I had recently been to Brunei which was a whole different league.
The bird park was an interesting visit. Memoires of the bird flu problems flashed through my head as we explored the stink narrow passages. Cages from floor to ceiling held everything from fruit bats, to rabbits, to deadly snakes, oh and birds too. It was an interesting experience but most people can only stomach a few minutes of the stank before moving on.
Batik is a traditional art method of Indonesia. I spent a couple days taking some courses. You start with a white sheet, place hot wax using a stick with a copper cup and tube where you want to stay white. Then you pick your next lightest color and dye the whole sheet.
I went to Jogja primarily for it`s proximity to Borobudur, the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. Ian and I made a last minute decision to head to the temple on his last day. He just decided that he was leaving the following morning so that he could tag along with some Swedish blondies who were heading back to Bali. We had to take local transport because the tourist minibuses were booked. I would not recommend going on your own. We spent an hour on the local buses getting to the edge of town, an hour on the bus to Borobudur, fifteen minutes on a horse buggy, and were only left with about 45 minutes of daylight to explore the disappointing and expensive temple.
I was much more impressed with the Hindu temples of Prambanan. I went there in the evening for a traditional Indonesia fire show / ballet. The light up hindu temples made for a perfect backdrop for the show. The show itself was pretty good and included real bow and arrows, the burning of a village.
Travbuddies: Ian (UK), Whiskey (Netherlands), Sweeds