Indonesia suffers from a lack of tourists after Bombing in Bali and the tsunami in Banda Atceh and the eartquake…
I will write abt this holiday in 3 parts ..Java….Bali…..Sulawesi…..
After 1,5 days travel we arrived in Yogyakarta. Tired ..very tired But also very excited to see this beautiful part of Indonesia..The most impressive thing in Yogyakarta were the thousands … No million motorbikes on the road.Most bikers are students…20% of the population is student. Its the easiest way to get from point 1 to 2….
During the day we visited the Borobodur the biggest Buddhist temple in the world i wrote already abt him in former entry.( UNESCO)
The temple has nine floors The temple was discoverd by Sir Thomas Raffles in 1811 (Also founder of Singapore)The Borobodur was covered by trees…sand……..It took a lot of years before this beautiful temple rose out of his dirt.
The guys with souvenirs( around the temple) were literally glued on us…..They had nothing else to do probably. than trying to sell us things which we did of course….This holiday i bought….bought bought…..U know when u try not to watch their eyes they leave….Ppl say.
But that doesnot work with me….hahaha
Bromo and Panenjakan and his people
Early rise…. alarm went off around 3.30 AM….We stayed in a hotel nearby the Bromo and Panenjakan….
Panenjakan is 2.700 meter level ..From that place we could see the sunrise….THis is the most beautiful sunrise a ever saw. (See the pics in my album) . with the vulcano Semeru (3700Mtr) still active aside It was like some one used a compressor to let the smoke out of his belly…Every 15 minutes…… Here we also met the Tenger people….They are not that kind.if a may say so..
But they must be hardened by the hard life around the Bromo vulcano….First we had to take 248 steps and after that with a horse to the top of the crater..What we saw there was unic…Never saw this before….This day was a day of celebration for the Tenger people.(once a year and We were that lucky to be there)
They believe they have to give gifts to the vulcano to keep him quiet…In former days they even offered babies what i cant imagine….and living animals..During the trip upstairs a guy sold me a boucqet of flowers ….i had to throw them in the crater….On the edge of the crater were a lot of people with nets to catch the gifts…Its was a kind of game for them a thought afterwards. ….On the way back down we met a lot of walking people They came from miles around to visit once a year this spectacle.
Lil note….The day after we visited the Bromo …. he errupted….. (Strange feeling though we were there……Imagine…!!!!!
In Yogya I met for the first time Joan…She is a dutch woman and lives already 15 years with her husband ( Java man) …I had small contact with here through mails after the earthquake…She is a social woman and she helps ppl to rebuild the houses again….(government does not help……Like everywhere)
So I gave her a part of the money i had… to help her…..(See pics)
And of course during the trips a had a lot of kids around me ……( my backbag filled with toy and candy every day….This was fun…
Sept 8 … leaving for Bali with a boat……..(on the boat was a lot of wind….(Probs with my wide skirt) .wait for the next entry…….Im going to bed now….Jet lag ..Im bit sleepy now….