Tuesday, March 12, 2013

In Indonesia (Yogyakarta and Prambanan)

The next important and amazing temple to visit was Prambanan, a Hindu monument built between the 8th and 10th centuries AD. A lot of it was closed down because the area was unsteady. That's basically the reason why it wasn't as mind-blowing as Borobudur.



 
 





Look at how huge it is!
Here are some neat carvings on some of the buildings:










Look at the monkey on the far left... :X
Have to hug a tree in Indonesia!!

To get to the main building you had to wear a safety helmet!

After Prambanan we went to the main market, Pasar Beringharjo, with our driver as a guide. Indonesia is famous for batik, a method of decorating fabric by painting directly on it. Yogyakarta is the best place to buy it so I was on a mission to get something in batik. The front of the market was selling food, the middle was batik and clothes and the back was a produce section. We walked around the whole thing and the old women in the produce section made lots of comments about me because I'm white and pale. One lady said I was beautiful and Albert turned around to jokingly say, "Me?" and the lady laughed and said "NO!" Turns out since a lot of Indonesians are descendants from China, Albert was often mistaken for a local. I on the other hand got to stand out. But that's ok, I don't mind that at all!
This is the entrance. The market is called Pasar Beringharjo.
 













So anyways, I bought a dress and some nice batik fabric for a local price since we had our lucky driver to help us. We saw a performance of some local music out in the back of the market and it was fun to watch. Wish I could've gotten a CD of local Indonesian music!

We came back to the hotel and it was sad to say goodbye to our driver Agus. He was great and helped out a lot on the trip!!!
We checked out the awesome outdoor swimming pool at the hotel. It looked like something out of an Indiana Jones or Lara Croft movie. It poured for a bit, but we got in a lot of fun swimming time.
It was gorgeous! I was so excited!!!
Later that night we flew to Denpasar in Bali island!

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