Finally...another destination crossed out from my bucket list.
Borobodur Temple has always been a target destination of mine ever since I first went to Indonesia 5 years ago. Time and company (I just don't want to be a lone traveller) has always been an issue so when the opportunity came, I didn't dare pass it up.
Our adventure started when we rode a Kereta Api train from Jakarta to Yogyakara (IDR 335,000 for the Exclusive seat). My local companion, Robby, was actually surprised that I opted this mean of transportation when we can simply board a plane paying just 30% more. I countered that I want to authenticate our adventure so here we go...
|I am a bad traveller in a way that I don't get much sleep while on the road|
|View of our train carriage|
As it was too late to go to Borobodur, we went around Yogyakarata. First stop is the hotspot Malioboro street...
|Myself strolling around the busy...though not at this time...street of Malioboro|
|Travel in style with Jogja's local tricycle Becak|
|Something to cool the nerves...a bowl of sugar cane like juice with jellies and scraped melon for a measly IDR 6,000|
|While we're at it, had some traditional meals as well|
With more time to spare, we rented a becak to go around Yogyakarta...
|All I can say is riding this is a lot harder than it looks...specially maneuvering the bike.|
First stop was a spot wherein you have to cross in between two huge trees...BLINDFOLDED! The gap between the trees was huge (probably 10 meters or more) but surprsisingly, the success rate of doing so was really low...even despite directions from the locals or your friends.
It is said that when you're successful in accomplishing this task, you have a good spirit and you can make a wish. The former was the one that made me really confident...OR NOT ;)
|View from my start point|
|I'm well on my way!!!|
Second stop was a couple of mosques/ temples. It was a good "teaser" for our trip to Borobodur the next day. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera but thank goodness there's alway my iPhone.
|Ain't no larger than life structure but still impressive nonetheless|
|View from atop...had to insert my hands and phone out the window bars to take this shot|
|Some local handicrafts...hammer head at the bottom is from a bull's horn|
|As to my friend Robby, a similar setting from the Immortals movie...unfortunately I was not able to get photos without tourists as it was jampacked|
So that's it. Day 1 is a wrap. It was still quite early but had to catch up with WORK so we called it a day.
Stay tuned for Day 2 :)