Well, our time in Jakarta was certainly an interesting one! Out of 26 million people we only saw two other white people during our stay. We wandered around the old town, were asked by everyone where we were from, I was wolf whistled at, had photographs taken and growled at…. Certainly a good place to come if you need a confidence boost! 🙂
The traffic was horrendous, doesn’t matter what time of day it was, it was manic! On the streets were cages of live snakes, some smaller ones and some bloody big cobra’s… All ready for you to choose which one you wanted to eat!
We got a very old fashioned train to Yogykarta which took about 8 hours… We arrived at the station and squeezed ourselves and our backpacks onto a becak which is a small cart on the front of a bicycle….some poor bugger had to cycle us in the blazing hot sun! We were overdue for some culture and spent a couple of days with private guides going around seeing the different temples. We visited Prambanan and a few of the smaller surrounding temples, both a mix of Hindu and Buddhism. We had to wear sarongs and hard hats into the main temple….very fetching as you will see below. We ate KFT – Kentucky fried tofu from the street vendors…. Their cheaper equivalent to KFC…it was delicious accompanied with green chillies! We even got given a bag of mangoes from one of the workers in the smaller temples! Everyone is so friendly here. Again we were asked to have our photos taken and people wanted to shake our hands….many people from Indonesia don’t get to see tourists.They also ask lots of questions, how tall are we, how does Andy grow his beard! Haha
We set off at 5am to visit Borobudur which is the worlds largest Buddhist temple dating back to the 9th century. We arrived at 6am and the place was already buzzing with so many people. It was a beautiful temple and we spent a couple of hours walking around and looking at all the carvings…it was an oasis of serenity despite the tourists.
We finally decided to try Durian which is a fruit known as ‘King of Fruits’ in south east Asia. It has a very strong odour and is banned on a lot of public transport and in hotels. It tasted like rotting flesh with a hint of garlic! Its a bit like Marmite, you will either love it or hate it!
We had planned on going to one of the volcanoes overlooking Yogykarta, however a few weeks ago it erupted and it is still highly active at the moment. We decided to give it a swerve!
Next stop, Labuan Bajo.