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  • Day48

    Borobudur Tempel

    November 24, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Gestern besuchten wir den größten Buddhistischen Tempel der Welt - Borobudur.
    Dieser auch zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe gehört.
    Dieser liegt ca 40 km außerhalb von Jogja (Yogyakarta). Der Tempel ist neun Etagen hoch und zeigt 504 Buddha Statuten.
    Der Tempel selber ist sehr beeindruckend und bietet eine tolle Aussicht.
    Leider war wohl gestern der Tag der Fotos. Gefühlt waren es bestimmt 80 Fotos die jemand anderes mit mir gemacht hat 🙈 So viele Bilder habe ich von mir von der ganzen Reise noch nicht😂 Dennoch sind dabei sehr lustige Bilder entstanden und die Menschen waren auch sehr freundlich. Nach 1,5 Stunden ging es dann weiter...
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  • Day46

    Im Paradies

    December 17, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Am nächsten Tag starte ich früh mit Nasi Pecel (Reis mit Gemüse und sehr scharfer Erdnusssoße und Spiegelei) zum Frühstück am menschenleeren Strand in Watukarung. Heute will ich die Umgebung erkunden.

    Mit dem Bike geht es durch Palmen und Felder zum Sungai Maron, ein wunderschöner Fluss, der ins Meer mündet. Ich miete ein Boot und bin fast alleine, da es noch vor 10 Uhr ist. Die Natur ist umwerfend! Am Ende erwartet mich ein weiter Strand mit ordentlich Brandung. Links in den Felsen versuchen Angler ihr Glück. Auf dem Weg zurück mit der Sonne im Rücken wird mir das blaue Wasser erst richtig bewusst. In einer kleinen Mündung wird es irreal türkis!

    Nächster Step der Banyu Tibo Beach. Einmalig wie der Wasserfall am Strand endet. Ich bin weit und breit die einzige Weißnase und so entsteht das nächste Gruppenfoto. Im muslimischen Indonesien geht man nicht mit Bikini oder Shorts baden. So passe ich mich entsprechend an, gar nicht unpraktisch in der prallen Sonne...

    Am Nachmittag ist wie üblich die Sonne verschwunden in der Regenzeit, es bleibt aber zum Glück trocken. Letzter Stop, der Pantai Klayar, der am meisten touristische Strand in der Gegend. Das stimmt Touristen sind da, aber tatsächlich ausschließlich Indonesier. So bleibe ich nicht lang alleine. Man spricht mich auf meine Tattoos an, möchte Selfies mit mir oder guckt interessiert. Dabei manchmal schüchtern, manchmal stolz mich gefragt zu haben und manchmal einfach happy über Englisch anwenden zu können. Charmant sind sie alle!

    Ein toller Tag! Der Süden Javas ist unglaublich schön und noch so unberührt! Ich habe den ganzen Tag keinen anderen Weißen gesehen. Watukarung ich komme wieder, versprochen!
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  • Day60

    Semarang City, Java, Indonesia

    February 15, 2015 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    February 14th.
    Today we visited the country of Java, specifically the Borobudur Temple, which is the largest Buddhist Temple in the world. It was built of lava rock in the 9th century and was designed to blend the Javanese architecture with the Buddhist concept of achieving Nirvana. There are 504 Buddha statues as part of the temple. There is evidence the temple was abandoned in the 14th century during the decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the conversion to Islam.
    There are a number of active volcanos on Java, and it is thought that the temple of covered in ash and was undiscovered until 1814 and was then restored between 1975 and 1982. By the way, there seem to be volcanoes erupting either right before we get somewhere or right after we leave. I hope our luck continues to hold out!
    In any case, the temple was an incredible sight if only in the sheer massiveness of the building. The over 2000 carved panels serve to tell/teach a story as one walks around the temple and up the levels.
    The drive to the temple through Java’s cities, villages and coutryside was quite hair-raising at times, but fascinating in the variety of sights along the way.
    It is getting quite steamy as we approach the Equator again – not a complaint, just an observation. The Java Sea remains extremely calm – it almost doesn’t even feel like we are on a ship.
    We have learned to eat an Indonesian hot sauce called samba olec. It is quite hot and we have enjoyed putting it on many things here on the ship. When we were out to lunch yesterday in Java, Jeff and I spied a bowl of samba olec and piled it on our plates. WOW! It was a lot hotter and took a lot of rice and water to put the fire in our mouths out!
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  • Day5

    Zentraljava

    September 9, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Nachdem ich in Semarang (Java) gelandet bin, hat mich Rahman abgeholt und zum Hotel in Wonosobo gebracht. Vorbei an Reisfeldern, Tabak und Teefeldern staune ich über Zentraljava. Nach einem kurzen Besuch auf dem Markt, den wer kann schon frischen Mandarinen, Mangos und... widerstehen, geht es früh ins Bett, da der Wecker um 2.30 klingelt. LG 😴Read more

  • Day113

    Yogjakarta und Umgebung

    February 6, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Heute waren wir zum Sonnenaufgang auf einem Berg, von dem man auf den Borobodur Tempel schauen konnte. Danach sind wir zur „Chicken“Church, die eigentlich eine Taube sein sollte.
    Dann ging es in den Borobodur Tempel und anschließend zum Prambanan. Der eine ist buddistisch der andere hinduistisch.
    Abends im Hostel war noch eine Schlange zu Besuch.
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  • Day10

    Andong Ride

    July 1, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Our last activity in Indonesia.

    5 andongs arrived with drivers in brightly coloured shirts. We climbed in with 3 to an andong (it was a bit squishy) and set off for a tour around the country side. Once off the main road with the traffic reduced to a few motorbikes we saw many different crops growing including rice, bananas, chillies, papaya, cassava, peanuts, tomatoes, corn and some fish ponds. There were some homes along the way and the people all happily smiled and waved to us. A great finish to our trip.Read more

  • Day29

    Sangiran Early Man Site

    July 27, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Not sticking around in Jogja for long, although it's a nice city! Had a hurried breakfast since the guys in the kitchen were very relaxed, then walked up to the station to get tickets for Surakarta aka Solo, the next city on our itinerary. Although I'd read online that you could buy train tickets only within three hours of the train leaving, it turned out that was actually 24 hours - though only Indonesians can buy them that early (it's an online process requiring an Indonesian phone # and credit card).

    And of course, the train we wanted was sold out. So was the next one! Our train wasn't for nearly 2 hours! We ended up buying tickets, but just getting on the 9am train we wanted anyway, since it wasn't reserved seating. Eventually our tickets got checked by an inspector who politely but firmly insisted we have to get off the train at the next stop, despite our dumb tourist routine. So we spent just under 2 hours at Klaten station, possibly the only white people to have been there in years!

    Quite a long time when you don't have wifi or phone data. Eventually our actual train turned up and we got on for the remaining 30 minutes to Solo. Grabbed some lunch of CFC at the station (it's like KFC, just .. not), then figured out how we were going to get to the Sangiran museum outside of town. We'd hoped to get a Grab and bribe him into waiting around for the return leg, but with no data and no wifi to be found a Grab wasn't possible.

    Eventually we got a local taxi driver to take us - he originally wanted 400,000 rupiah ($40), but we eventually settled on 200k + petrol. I'm fairly sure he filled his tank as it was 60,000 for that, way more than he would've used on the 30 minute trip to the museum, but oh well.

    The museum was pretty crap, sadly. 95% of the information was in Indonesian, which I'm not complaining about, but when there's no context to anything you're seeing it's a bit hard to enjoy.

    Sangiran is listed because this is where examples of Java Man have been found - Homo erectus, the precursor species to Homo sapiens. Stone tool fossils reveal evidence of hominid occupation in the area from 1.6 million years ago, and human skull fragments found here have been dated to around 700,000 - 1 million years BP. Pretty insane to consider, especially compared to the "ancient" we've sometimes visited here that are a scant thousand years old.

    But ultimately, it's an odd category of site: something important happened or was found here, but is no longer here, and now there is very little to see. Oh well, another tick for the list.

    Back to the taxi where the guy informed us that because of waiting it was now an extra 50,000. Great. And to make things worse he was comfortably the most insane driver we've ever had - flying down the wrong side of the road towards oncoming traffic, driving in the dirt on the side of the road etc. We read later that Surakarta drivers are considered aggressive and reckless even by Indonesian standards, and that was definitely true in our experience!

    When we arrived at the hotel we got our stuff out of the car and I just gave him the initial agreed-upon amount. Shandos had thought that amount included the petrol (I was fairly sure it didn't), and we started arguing. Eventually the guy just drove off without insisting on his extra money, so at least we know for next time how to get rid of scammers!

    At least the hotel was nice - a Red Planet chain hotel which we've stayed at in other places. Stayed in for a few hours before going out for dinner: we found a millenial-targeted cafe with reasonable food and prices. Even ended up having a pisang goreng for dessert (fried banana).
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  • Day8

    Borobudur Temple

    June 29, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    After packing our bags and taking them down to the lobby, we walked to the nearby bookshop/stationary/toy shop for a quick shopping trip. The bus then, after loading our bags, picked us up and drove us north. Our first stop was a restaurant for lunch. Then on to Borobudur temple.

    The entire site contains 504 statues of Buddha on 3 levels, 1460 stone reliefs on the walls and 1212 decorative reliefs along the path. The relief sculptures narrate the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma) and depict various events related to his past lives (Jataka tales), and illustrate stories taken from important Buddhist scriptures (sutras).

    The temple has 3 levels and the idea is to walk around each level clockwise to follow the stories in the carvings.

    As everywhere we have visited the Indonesians have been very hospitable and wanted photos with us. Here it was no different. The girls were very popular.

    Rifa was still with us for the day and after she dropped us at our accommodation for the next couple of nights, we said a teary goodbye as Rifa has been a wonderful guide.
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  • Day8

    Weltkulturerbe, Verkehrschaos und Armut

    November 21, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Heute sind wir in Semarang. Die Armut entlang den Straßen ist erschreckend. Aber man sieht trotzdem nur lächelnde Gesichter. Ronny und ich sind begehrte Foto Modelle für die Indonesier - der weiße Mann und die blonde Frau 😜. Der größte Tempel der Welt war wirklich beeindruckend. Wir hatten einen guten Guide. Die ganze Fahrt wurde von Polizei eskotiert. Aber nicht wegen einer Gefahr, sondern wegen dem Verkehr. Hier herrscht Chaos und Unordnung, aber alle sind sehr bemüht um uns Touristen 😉Read more

  • Day28

    Semarang Old City

    July 26, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Another early start, as we caught a Grab from the hotel to the Joglosemar bus terminal. This is a private shuttle bus service that goes between Jogja, Solo and Semarang, hence the odd name. I got the front passenger seat meaning I had plenty of room, but also the most dangerous seat in a collision! Thankfully the driver was quite passive and safe and I felt fine for the 3 hour ride north to Semarang.

    This city was an important Dutch colonial outpost, though never quite as important as Batavia (now Jakarta). We'd come here as the old city is aiming for World Heritage status in the next couple of years, and after checking into our hotel we set off to see the sights.

    First stop was the Lawang Sewu, or House of a Thousand Doors. This was the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company in Semarang, and although it seemed to have a lot of doors, a thousand was probably stretching the truth. It was in good condition though and a nice place to walk around for an hour, being entertained by the locals and their favourite pastime - selfies.

    Grabbed lunch in a shopping mall where there was a large organised video game tournament taking place entirely on mobile phones, then headed for the old city proper. It's fairly small, probably only 3-4 blocks, but fairly nice. Alan (whose wife Hanna is originally from here and has visited several times) said they've done it up a fair bit the last few years: "before that it was a dump".

    Spent a couple of hours looking at the colonial era buildings, some of which were nicely done up into fancy hotels and cafes, others which were derelict hulks on the verge of toppling over. Still a fair way to go I think.

    Had a drink (an actual alcoholic drink!) in a bar before walking back to the hotel, only venturing out across the road later to get some satay sticks for dinner.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provinsi Jawa Tengah, Jawa Tengah, Central Java, جاوة الوسطى, Keski-Jaava, Java central, Midden-Java, Jawa Środkowa, Java Central, Provincia Java Centrală, Trung Java, 中爪哇省

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