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Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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31 August 2013

Yogyakarta (aka Yogka or as the locals call it Jogya –pronounced Jog ja)

Our flight from KL is off on time for the two and a half hour flight to Indonesia. We got our Visas at the airport (VOA – Visa On Arrival). The flight had very few people who needed visas so the line went quickly. All that was needed was our passports and $25US for each of us. We pick up our bags and get in line to have them x-rayed as we leave the airport - I guess there are things that they don’t want coming “into” the country.

The taxsi (Indonesian spelling) stand and 60000Rp ($6) gets us to our guesthouse – Andrea Hotel. The hotel is very cute and our room is small and clean with a comfortable bed.

Andrea Hotel - Gang 2

Andrea Hotel - Gang 2

We're Millionaires....even if it is rupiah

We're Millionaires....even if it is rupiah

Room #2 - Andrea Hotel

Room #2 - Andrea Hotel


We chose the resto next door, “Mi Casa et Su Casa” for dinner – good food.

Beer of choice in Indonesia

Beer of choice in Indonesia

Java Chicken

Java Chicken

Over dinner, Jim and I looked at our schedule and did some planning but not before checking with Sammie (the hotel owner) to see if we can stay until the 10th. Which we did…all is good.

01 September 2013

Kind of a lazy day! We got up early, have breakfast and took off to investigate Jogya.

Our little alley leads into the busy main streets lined with becaks (pedi cabs – which are bikes attached to rickshaw type seats that are used as public transportation). As we pass, most of the drivers ask “transport?”, “where you go?”, “Hello”.

Jim’s goal was a few post cards and moments after he mentioned it, as we were passing a magazine stand, a lady asks “post cards?” That stop changed the course of our day. Jim joked with the lady, as her brother told us about the right place to go to for batik and it wasn’t any of the places along the main street. We were warned that as soon as you wash those they lose all their color but that there is a shop that is associated with the Art University ¬¬– only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Ok, we’ll bit!! He gets us a becak (and told us how much we should be paying) and sends us off. The Batik Art Group Is off a side street, filled with beautiful batik and yes, it was only open on weekends and the prices were incredibly fair. When we were in Bali last year, I took a batik class and though I am far from an expert, the class helped me recognize quality work. We left with a few souvenirs from Indonesia.

The rest of the day was spent at the Sultan’s Palace, having lunch at a little street Warung and then it was back to the hotel on our becak. The poor guy pedaling looked like he was about to have a heart attack by the time he got us close to home.

Interesting views in Yogya

Interesting views in Yogya

Yogyakarta Train Station

Yogyakarta Train Station

One way of getting around in Yogya

One way of getting around in Yogya

View of the main market

View of the main market

Working transporting durian

Working transporting durian

Interesting art along Malioboro

Interesting art along Malioboro

Traditional dancers at the Sultan's Palace

Traditional dancers at the Sultan's Palace


Posted by pjburke 02:16 Archived in Indonesia

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