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Yogyakarta Travel Blog

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Yogyakarta or Jogja should be a beast of a city. A large population. A lot of traffic. Somehow it all seems to work. I prefer it so much more to Jakarta. Jalan Sosrowijayan is a nice street with a strong backpacker vibe despite there being hardly any here. This was a lot closer to what we were looking for in Jakarta.

We got up nice and early this morning and decided to go to see the temples of Prambanan. While out on the main road we had our first local try to drag us off to see his art gallery that is only in town for today. He was quite persistent but we politely managed to lie and tell him that we have already bought some art.

He was then nice enough to point us in the right direction for the local bus all the way to Prambanan, number 3A which was only RP 3,000 (thats about EUR 50 cents).

The temples were really good. Although they were not mind blowing. I think the restoration work that was being carried out in the wake of the 2006 earth quake was partly to blame coupled with the terrible hot sun slowly baking us away. There are over 50 temples in the complex including both Buddist and Hindu temples. It was quite humbling to see the two religions coexisting so nicely. The largest temple in the complex was quite impressive but again the restoration took away from it slightly.

After dinner we planted ourselves down in the Bintang Resto for a beer or 9! There were too few fellow travellers around in the bars. Normally this means a quiet night is in order...not this time. Before long a local girl asked for one of the seats by our table so we naturally told her to go ahead and take it. So she sat herself down at the table. Her mates soon followed suit. There was a decent band on stage playing in the background, the beer flowing steadily and some fun conversation on the go, things were headed in the right direction. When the band stopped playing, our new friends were headed off to a club and invited us along but when we found out how far away it was we reluctantly declined and hit the hay.

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