Yogyakarta Travel Blog› entry 177 of 658 › view all entries
People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Markus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)
Our train from Jakarta to Yogyakarta seemed to take forever - especially if you class forever as 14 hours on a seat with lumpy steel protrusions! Around 2.30am the train eventually chugged into the station, some 3 hours later then scheduled. Thankfully we didn't have far to walk to find a hotel and were sound asleep by 3am.
The following day we awoke at noon and took a walk through the city towards the water palace. The streets were full of vendors, catering towards both foreign and local tourists, with Borobodur and Prambanan memorabilia wherever you looked. Sadly there was also a glut of homeless people, who had arrived into the city seeking a break and had received nothing of the sort.
Also en route to the water palace we stopped at the bird market, which is a sad sight, with animals caged up in minuscule spaces. The whole area stank and we soon made our way out. The water palace itself is not much of an attraction, although it is housed in amongst small streets with old houses still remaining, which are quite fun to wander around.
We were expecting to meet up with Markus and Hannes at some point in Yogya (as the locals call it), and fate threw us together in an internet cafe. We went out for some lunch together and wandered aimlessly through the streets during the afternoon, doing a little bit of shopping as we went. We decided to hire some motor bikes for the following day, so we could go and visit the Buddhist Temple of Borobodur. An early night was therefore in order, so we were content with relaxing in our favourite cafe again and having a stroll through the city.