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Apr 17, 2009 - Gunung Merapi

Gunung Merapi (Fire Mountain) is a volcano with a long history of eruptions, most recently on my birthday, April 26th 2006. Everyone had been evacuated, so there were no deaths. You can't get close to the volcano as it is still considered active. But you can go to a viewing point and see it in the distance. Which is what we did on our tour. Unfortunately the weather was cloudy, so we weren't able to see Merapi, just some nice clouds. But I did (illegaly) take some nice photos of some photos taken at the time of the eruption.....attached....

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Apr 17, 2009 - Jogyakarta - Borobudur

Borobudur temple is quite spectacular. It is of Buddhist design, built some 1,200 years ago. From a distance it looks impressive, but close up it is even better. First you walk around three levels of carved stone panels. Then you get up on top and there are 72 latticed stupas - they look like bells. Inside each is a Buddha. It is considered lucky if you reach in and touch the Buddha's hands and feet. You can see from the photo attached that you need to be at full stretch, but I did manage it. This really is an awe inspiring monument. What...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Jogyakarta - Prambanan

Prambanan temples. The guide books have beautiful pictures of multiple temples, people walking around their bases, descriptions as to how you can see various items inside each temple. It was only after I had paid my $10 entrance fee that the guide started mumbling apologetically about the 2006 earth quake.....and how the government was still trying to raise money to complete the renovations...and how there had been a problem with the cement - the original cement used in the previous renovations (50 years ago) was good, but the cement used...

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Apr 16, 2009 - Train ride to Jogyakarta

8:00 a.m. train from Jakarta to Jogyakarta. I booked the top of the line "Executive" class - see seating photo attached. Not bad, although after 10 hours it was good to get off. The scenery is fantastic - Java is far beautiful than I imagined. I think it is the backdrop of the mountains and volcanoes, something you don't get in the the other countries in south east Asia. It's also a lot greener, especially with the rice fields. Probably the most beautiful scenery I've seen on the trip so far.

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Feb 17, 2009 - Yogyakarta et la culture!!

Un nouveau soleil s'est levé sur nos vies dans cette petite ville de Yogyakarta. Nous n'avons dormi que quelques heures, mais ce fut suffisant pour me permettre de visiter les lieux interessants de la cité. En fait, j'ai eu la chance de rencontrer un des employés du sultant au cours d'un arrêt anodin dans un centre commercial. Luc cherchait un appareil photo et je me suis mis a parler avec un des clients de l'endroit. Les indonesiens, malgrés tout ce que j'ai dit dans ma dernière entrée, sont vraiment super sympathiques et toujours prêts a...

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Petit tour d'Asie!!!

Jan 15, 2009 - Yogya

We took the overnight train down from Bangdung to Yogya. Second night running with less than 3 hours sleep, so all of us feeling slightly strange and a bit spaced out. So much to see and do in Yogya though that we had to put our feelings of fatigue to one side and go out and explore. Getting a genuine homestay experience, a friend of Arie's dad had opened his home to us and offered us the use of a car and driver. The Indonesian people are all so generous and open and welcoming. It's a pity we aren't more like this at home. As a place Yogya...

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Indonesia and India

Jan 14, 2009 - Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta: organized chaos. You don't understand it, but you realize it works, so you don't question it. I think this is typical of a Southeast Asia city. When I think of this place I think of super helpful people that are eager to chat, and are always smiling. They are so trusting, honest and safe. There is so much to do here! During my first day here, I found a wonderful Internet cafe and planned my stay. Yogyakarta, known here as Jogja, is a very fun, artsy city. So, after talking to some locals, I booked a Batik art class and a trip...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Visited Borobudur, Merapi Volcano, Prambanan Temples and the flew to Bali!

We had a bit of a busy one today (for us anyway!) Yesterday we booked a tour for this morning/arvo and also a flight into Bali this eveno. We got picked up at our hotel at about 8am this morning for an 8 hour tour of a couple of temples and a volcano. There were 3 German people already in the minibus who were very friendly and chatty so the hour and a half drive to the first temple Borobudur went in no time. We spent a couple of hours at Borobudur which was a different kind of temple to what we have seen previously. There were loads of big...

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The A&E Adventure

Nov 7, 2008 - Yogyakarta

This morning we were up bright and early to get the hell out of our hostel and move to the nice place we had found on the net! It took around 15 mins to drive there and we started going down all these back roads to what seemed to be the middle of no where! But it was worth it! The hotel was so relaxing and peaceful and the rooms were clean and comfy and the staff were really really nice! It's what we imagined 'The Priory' or something to be like, without the recovering junkies of course! We got some brecko and headed back in to town to go...

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The A&E Adventure

Nov 6, 2008 - Left Jakarta for Yogyakarta (the place that Prince Charles just visited!)

So we caught the 8.15am train today bound for Yogyakarta. The carriage we was in was pretty grubby and the aircon didn't seem to be working so we had to move to and even grubbier carrige where the aircon was a bit better! We mainly tried to sleep to block it all out for most the trip! Lunch was brought round at 1.30ish which we wasn't expecting! It was like airplane food but actually really nice! It was rice veg and tofu and shrimp crackers! After that back to sleep for a bit then I realised that the scenery outside was amazing! We went...

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The A&E Adventure

Oct 9, 2008 - Yogyakarta

by Chris and Lora We left Malang on Monday (10/6) and took a mini-bus to Yogyakarta, which is in central Java. We had learned the phrase "siapa nama anda?" which means "what is your name?" in Bahasa Indonesia. Chris used this phrase to start up a conversation with the passenger sitting to his left, which lasted off and on for over an hour, mainly in English (with the help of a dictionary). We found out that our new friend, Deni, is a trumpet player who plays in an orchestra and who also loves ska music. He and his wife, Tetty, are students...

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Sep 22, 2008 - Yogya

Hoy si salimos temprano y nos despedimos del Ashram. Estar en ese lugar fue una experiencia trascendente para nosotros. La despedida de los ninos fue calida y emocionante, parecia que eramos parte de su familia. Emprendimos hacia el aeropuerto por el camino mas largo con el fin de ver los acantilados tan impresionantes. Nos paramos en una playa negra con arena volcanica como las de Hawaii. Finalmente llegamos al aeropuerto para investigar si nos podiamos quedar un dia mas pero lamentablemente nos dimos cuenta que si no nos subiamos al avion...

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