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  • Day5

    Rice Paddys

    June 26, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Across from the cooking school and next to it were some rice paddys with people working. Tahnee and Ingrid wanted to offer the man nearby some of our food so they waded out a path he had created by cutting out some rice to offer him some food which he took after our driver explained what they were doing. It looked like he enjoyed what they gave him.Read more

  • Day1

    First Impressions

    June 22, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We asked some of the girls for some first impressions of our trip so far...
    Ailish - very different to Bali in a good way
    Charlotte - hotel is good, likes the fish tank, pool area looks good
    Yu Shin - we’ve had way too much food
    Charlie - looking really different with lots of green spaces
    Abbey - seeing the Volcanos above the cloud was great

    Dinner tonight was a smorgasbord of lots of interesting options.

    The itinerary has changed a bit, see one of the pictures below.
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  • Day5

    Cooking Class

    June 26, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After buying the food needed we went to Ibu Ning's cookery school. We made Nasi Goreng (fried rice), perkedal (potato fritters), capcay (mixed vegie dish), tempe goreng (soy bean product). Then we sat down to eat our lunch - delicious.Read more

  • Day4

    Gamelan Playing

    June 25, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After the dance lesson we had an hour long lesson of playing the Gamelan instruments. We had a special teacher - a lecturer from a local Music University (there are over 100 universities in Yogya!). The girls picked up what was being asked of them very quickly and got turns at all the different instruments.Read more

  • Day4

    Javanese Dancing Lesson

    June 25, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We headed off to a place where we would have a lesson on Javanese dancing. The teacher and her helper started with simple movements and then kept adding the next bit for an hour or so. And near the end scarves were added into the dance. The girls did so well concentrating for so long and following along.Read more

  • Day2

    The Sultan's Palace (Kraton)

    June 23, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Here we saw where the Sultan lives with his wife and 5 daughters. And had a photo taken in front of it. Then through another area there were some ladies and then men, practicing their dancing. While we were watching some school children approached us and asked if they could practice their English! Everyone became involved and there was lots of laughter.

    Then we went through the museum of the ninth and beloved Sultan.

    Here are Yu-Shin's thoughts on the Palace written in Indonesian, then in English...
    Di Keraton Sultan, ada dua museum. Banyak artefak bisa dilihat dari Sultan IX, Sultan yang paling berkuasa. Keraton itu terbangun pada tahun 1755 ada agung dan indah sekali. Pada jam sebelas, ada tarian. Penari langkah dengan anggun. Selalu ada banyak orang yang ingin memotret dengan kami.

    (At the Sultans palace, there are two museums. There are many artifacts from the ninth Sultan who was the most powerful. The Kraton was built in 1755 and is very grand and beautiful. At 11 o’clock, there was dancing. The dancers move gracefully. There is always many people who want to take a photo with us.)
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  • Day6

    Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

    June 27, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Some explanation from the students...

    Year 9 - Ramayana ballet. Love story between Ramayana and Sita, same as Romeo and Juliet. Competition for Sita, Rama wins. Finally they got married but the very bad king Ranwana wanted to take Sita away from Rama. Rama friends help get Sita from Ranwana. The monkey kingdom and humans help each other. Sita is very beautiful.

    Year 10s - Our favourite part was when Hanuman threw the fire and burnt down the palace. We found that the ‘good’ characters were more gentle and slow with their movements while the ‘bad’ characters were aggressive and moved very fast. The Gamelan brought the performance to life!
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  • Day2

    Visit to a Mosque

    June 23, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The Kauman Great Mosque was closed but our guide Rifa told us the Yogyakarta mosques are a mixture of Islam, Buddhist and Christian design and that all Indonesians are taught to accept the different religions.

    We had our picture taken in front of the gates with a special banner Rifa had made for us.
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  • Day2

    Sumur Bawah Tanah (Sunken Well)

    June 23, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    To get to this underground mosque we walked down a narrow set of stairs to a gated building. Through the gate we walked down some ramps to get to an amazing area of 2 different circular tunnels built round a staircase in the middle. Apparently the 'choir' of the mosque would stand on the stairs with good acoustics to reach the Imam above and the people below.

    Some girls were chatting up, oops I mean practicing their Indonesian, with the young man seen in the photos below.
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  • Day7

    Becak ride to Malioboro St Market

    June 28, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After Bu Hinchey summoned 15 becaks (mostly powered by foot but some motorized) and drivers, we set off for the market. What an experience in the busy traffic! The drivers are amazing.

    At the market the girls bought bags for themselves and souvenirs for others. Then back to the hotel via becak for lunch. We each paid our driver 100000 rupia for our ride there and back (~$10).Read more

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