Prambanan and the surrounding countryside
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia), Markus (Finland), Hannes (Sweden)
After the previous nights excesses, Julia and I didn't set off for Prambanan until the early afternoon. Our first hurdle was trying to exit the Yogya one way system on our motorbike and then running into the police who were checking peoples registrations. After 30 minutes we eventually found the correct road and arrived at the Temple complex around half an hour later. Prambanan is a set of Hindu Temples built 50 years after the Buddhist monument at Borobodur, dating somewhere in the late 9th centruy AD.
Sadly, due to recent earthquake damage you are no longer allowed to enter the main ruins, which are cordoned off with steel barriers. Therefore a walk around the perimeter with a flock of sheep was the next best option. The temple is comprised of several individual towers with one main structure in the centre, all of which have intricate carvings on their outer walls. The central tower is known as Shiva Temple with Vishnu Temple and Brahma Temple flanking it. In comparison with Angkorian Temples i found it a bit of an anti climax, although on the upside there were far fewer tourists.
Wandering away from Prambanan, we encountered several deer and a very interesting plant leaf that upon contact closed itself and only opened after several minutes in its covered position.
By this time it was already 4pm, so we decided to visit some nearby temples on our motorbikes. Unfortunately the one we wanted to see the most was charging $10 for entry, so instead we just drove around the country roads observing the locals and finally watching the sun set. What really surprises me in Java is the second you get off the main roads, you seem to find yourself in lush countryside, where the people whom you encounter seem to have little to no contact with foreigners and are thus much more genuine and friendly.
Back in the city we went out for some Dinner but Markus had something that disagreed with him so badly that he was soon vomiting. Hannes therefore took him back to the hotel and then came back out to meet us at the Bintang Bar. We supped some beers and listened to a very poor live band whilst playing ludo. It was great when their wailing stopped and a Beetles CD was put on! The bar closed around 2am so a trip to the off license was in order. Accompanying us were 2 German guys called Philip and Theo and we were also joined later on by an Indonesian guy called Ronny. We got some beers and sat on a rug outside the shop whilst a food vendor cooked up some noodles for us. Here we remained chatting until round 5am and it was a strange but enjoyable way to spend the evening.