Homeless heartache

Yogyakarta Travel Blog

 › entry 177 of 658 › view all entries
Vulcan Merpati looms over the Yogyakarta skyline

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.

Buildings near the Water Palace
Many were lacking articles of clothing and we saw one man fully naked, asleep in the street. Even more disturbing was a homeless guy, face down, who didn't look as though his body was moving. In the next 3 days whenever we walked up and down this street, his body/corpse never seemed to have moved. There were police officers in the vicinity, but it never seemed to interest them - they were too busy looking to fine unlucky people for bogus traffic offenses - this seemed to be a common occurence throughout eastern Java and Bali.

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.

The water palace
We retreated to a small cafe passing the hordes of batik sellers and spent a few hours relaxing out of the sun. We spent the remainder of the day walking around the centre and kicking back in a good cheap cafe that we found.

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.

Deats says:
Haha, so true. Its a great confidence boost for even me to walk amongst the Indonesians and im a fair bit shorter than you! You must have looked like Goliath ;)
Posted on: Mar 27, 2008
mypictures4u says:
Yoga...it was so crowded. But my wife couldn't lose sight of me. Why? Well, I am 1,85 metres. A "giant" among Indonesians! :-D
Posted on: Mar 27, 2008
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Vulcan Merpati looms over the Yogy…
Vulcan Merpati looms over the Yog…
Buildings near the Water Palace
Buildings near the Water Palace
The water palace
The water palace
The water palace
The water palace
Yogyakarta
photo by: siscalustiawati