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26th January – Kraton and Marlioboro Street in Jogja

Our first full day in Indonesia and I was rudely woken up by the sun shining through a window and also light from another window next to the ceiling. The roof of the ceiling of our bathroom is glass and the door to the bathroom is also made of glass so with no curtain covering the door, direct sunlight just comes into the room. We are talking about 5:30 am, sun rises very early here.

A little bit of history, Indonesia has a population of over 200 million and around 500 languages and dialects. Capital city of Indonesia is Jakarta, which we did nit experience as there isn’t much to see. It’s is the worlds most populous Muslim country with 90% of it’s habitants Muslims.

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Exchange rate is £1= 14,500 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), you can buy a meal from the streets for as low as 10,000 IDRs. Tourist places charge as much as 3 times what you can buy from the streets. It’s quite safe to eat from the street stalls.

Not everyone speaks English so it will be good for us to learn the basics how are you, hello, thank you, please, how much us this and also the numbers. It helps with negotiations in markets and taking a becak (cycle-rickshaws).

We are currently in Yogyakarta or sometimes written Yojakarta or in short Jogja, this is the capital of Java where most foreigners/tourists end up. It’s a good place to use as a base if you want to see other places which are further out but not far from here.

Had breakfast as part of the price of our homestay and then headed for a 16th century palace called Sultans palace or sometimes called Kraton. The temperature at that time in the morning was the hottest we had on our trip, it was around 32 degrees but felt like higher 30’s.

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We spent about an hour or two at the palace. On Thursday’s if you visit It between 10am and 12noon, there is a traditional dance but we missed it so can’t say if it’s any good but Julie states it’s great as she saw it 5 years ago.

We left through the main entrance and headed towards a 2km stretch road of shops selling T-shirts and batik attire or cloth. Julie and I found a place for cheap lunch.

The afternoon was spent back at our place reading and chilling. We bought pot noodles for dinner, which we cooked in the evening with boiled eggs.

En français:

Réveil tranquille ce matin avec grand soleil dans la chambre.
On profite de notre petit déjeuner gratuit inclus dans le prix de la chambre (215,000 roupies) avec des banana pancakes.

Après un peu de corvées ménagères (en fait depuis cinq mois, la seule corvée c’est la lessive à la main, profitez bien de vos machines ou que vous soyez!), on décide de s’attaquer aux sites de Jogja.

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On prend un becak, sorte de pousse-pousse, pour aller jusqu’au Kraton, le palais du sultan.
On paie 12,500 roupies pour entrer et malheureusement on arrive à la fin de la représentation de musique classique et danse javanaise. Tous les jours, ils jouent quelque chose de 10h à 12h. On s’assoit quand même pour les dix dernières minuts de musique jouées par l’orchestre gamelan.

Après, on visite le palais avec les diverses cours, pavillons et objets à voir.
Il fait vraiment très chaud aujourd’hui, la météo dit 32 mais les locaux disent 37!

Après le Kraton, on décide d’aller faire un tour sur Marlioboro street, sorte de champs-Elysées avec des centaines de boutiques vendant batik et souvenirs à go-go.

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On trouve un endroit ou déjeuner pas cher: Cirebon puis on continue la visite. L chaleur à raison de nous et on reprend un becak dans l’autre sens pour rentrer jusqu’à notre homestay.
Sur le chemin, on réserve le transport pour aller visiter Borobudur et Prambanan.
On passe aussi au supermarché pour s’acheter de quoi dîner: des nouilles instantanées ‘Indomie’.

On termine l’apres-midi dans notre chambre climatisée puis on dîné à la homestay dans la cuisine partagée. Ça fait vraiment longtemps que je ne me suis pas retrouvée derrière les fourneaux…

On finit la journée par regarder un film ‘Taken’ mais à la télé indonésienne le film continue pendant les pubs donc on a raté un bon quart du film. Heureusement qu’on l’avait vu avant!

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