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Jan 20, 2014 - Finding My Way In Yogya

Yogyakarta in Java and Ubud in Bali may exist in the same country but I'm not convinced they're on the same planet. Quickly, the straightforward beauty and complex culture has morphed into a strange world that a week is nowhere near enough time to figure out-- but just enough to start appreciating it and settling in. Again writing in transit as I utilize my third of six one-way tickets in Indonesia, it's amazing to reflect on how much one can experience in just seven days. Unlike my previous posts where I've mentally dumped out all my...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Indonesia - 28/4-27/5

7/5/13 - Firstly, Indonesia blew me away from the word go. Arriving in Yogyakarta (pronounced Jogjakarta)it really did feel so different from all the other places I'd been to. Everyone was really friendly & the whole feel of the city was fab. As I hadn't been to this country before I wanted to throw myself in & so made my way to The Dieng Plateau a couple of days later by public transport to get a feel for the place. 130miles(not far) & 7hrs later(!) the charm had faded a little & I arrived up this mountain, surrounded by cloud & drizzle,...

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Oct 19, 2012 - Besakih, Bromo, and Borobudur

UBUD One note to add: the night before our minor accident we enjoyed a Balinese massage for a whopping $5 CAD. It was amazing! Since our whirlwind adventure, so to say, riding motorbikes around Ubud the remainder of our time was dedicated to relaxing with a good book and/or crossword to let our bodies heal up. We did a lot of exploring around the main strip, Monkey Forest Road, trying out several of the local restaurants. We even became regulars at a little 'warung' (restaurant) down a side street that was to die for. The cashew ginger...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Yogykarta after Boo-Boo

Hi all, We made it! And are back feeling good and looking forward to exploring and enjoying Indonesia. We checked into a Losmen, like a guesthouse. It's a dump but hey, we are in a good town and feeling sane. I din;t think it possible to miss tuk tuk's and rickshaws but I feel we are back on track. I love the local scam here "come to art gallery last day of exhibition" It's great when you see them with the same patter the next day "hey you where you go?" me: "an art gallery I must hurry it;s the last day!" they don't follow up after that...

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Feb 24, 2012 - Postcard from Yogjakarta

Hi everyone, thanks to those who have left messages, it has been great to receive news, well wishes and comments. There doesn't feel like much to report this week, but however, I will add an entry over the weekend sometime. Hope you like the postcard:)

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Jan 14, 2012 - Indonesia summary

Indonesia post Hello friends and family! Well sorry for the long delay, but we've been having far too much fun to spend an hour sitting at a computer, which I'm sure you'll agree is a good thing. Soooo we arrived in Jakarta (Java) at the beginning of December. After the dirt and extreme poverty of Kathmandu this city with it's skyrises, sidewalks, paved roads, stop lights, and amazingly effective bus system left us in awe. We kept saying things like "wait, what? Holy crap Thomas there are LINES on this road, like for lanes!" or "Wow, I just...

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Dec 6, 2011 - Insatiable Indonesia

Okay friends, it's been a little while since our last post, but we have finally arrived in Indonesia!, and it is perfect!!! wow, so much has happened, we really are slacking on this whole blog thing... we left off with finishing trekking in the Annapurna range, in Pokhara. So we hung out for a while in Pokhara, got nice and fat on endless cheap food, plenty of ice cream, and a little beer. We then took a short little trip to two sizeable lakes outside of town called Bengas Tal and Rupa Tal (tal means lake). We heard they were amazing,...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Java - Day 18 - Last day in Java

This was mostly a day of relaxation. We walked to Visitor Information to enquire about the bus, made our way to the bus ticket booth, and then to different booth to finally book two luxury bus ride tickets (16 hour drive). We spent some time at the Mall, where Jason bought some sandals & snorkel with mask, McDonalds for supper (fried chicken and spaghetti) and back to hotel to pack up and update the blog.

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Nov 27, 2011 - Java - Day 17- Sultan's Palace & Bird/Fish/Puppy Market

We began our day by walking with Nick and Delphine to the Sultan's Palace to watch a 10:30am traditional Indonesian dance. We paid our entry fees, quickly walked in and found a spot to sit down in front of the stage. We watched 3 dances, each telling a part of the story similar to that of the Kecak dance we saw in Bali, and parted ways with Nick and Delphine. We walked around the palace grounds, went into the museum and continued on our way to the Bird & Fish Market. We ended up taking a tuk-tuk to the market, as we discovered that it was...

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Nov 26, 2011 - Java - Day 16 - Travel as locals do!

Woke up at 5:30am to meet Delphine and Nick for breakfast at 6am. Ate our traditional Indonesian dish and walked down the gang to pick up our scooters. We rented them each at $50,000 rupees for the day. Drove 150km round trip today with the scooters, no problems what so ever and fueled up twice which barely costs anything. It was a lot of fun and we got to experience the true way of transportation for the many locals of Yogyakarta. Motorcycles and scooters seem to be the most prevalent forms of transportation. We zoomed in and out of...

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Nov 25, 2011 - Java - Day 15 - There is NO art gallery!!!!!!!

Got up and ordered breakfast around 8:30am. Tea, coffee and your choice of three different Indonesian plates are available for your choosing. You wait a while for your food but it all seems to be cooked as it is ordered so I don't mind. We teamed up with Nick and Delphine this morning and decided to walk around the town of Yogyakarta for the day and take in the sites. The 'gangs' are narrow and winding as you make your way out to the main street. You are greeted by tuk-tuk drivers, horse buggy drivers, motorcycles, vehicles, and tour agency...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Sate Ayam, Chicken Feet and Nasi Goreng

Beautiful Bali was hard to leave, and I still am craving to go back, but after Kuta and Ubud it was time for me to start heading east towards Java. I knew over the next day would mean a lot of travelling, and it had to start in Denpasar, so I hopped on a minibus to take me there. Getting off at transportation hubs is always so chaotic, especially being a tourist, all the taxi drivers, bus company reps, and rickshaw drivers flock to you to see where you're going and if you need any kind of transport. Hopping off the minibus I was immediately...

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