October Holiday [Part One]: Jogjakarta

As previously mentioned, I recently spent five days in Jogjakarta.  Located on the island of Java, Jogja is a city well-known in Indonesia, specifically for being a center of culture and education.  With two UNESCO World Heritage sites less than an hour away, innumerable batik shops, the Ramayana Ballet, and a handful of universities, the city one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, second only to Bali.

While in Jogja, the primary focus of my group was to go to language school.  Through a series of recommendations, we settled on a fantastic school, and booked a hotel only 150m away. We started right away, literally going straight from the airport to the school.  Four hours later, with our brains jammed full of Bahasa Indonesia, we checked into our hotel.

In the following days, we visited Prambanan, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, Borobubur, a massive Buddhist temple, as well as the Malioboro Market, and a local artist’s studio.

Our first trip was to Borobudur.  We really wanted to go for a sunrise tour, so we woke up early (3:30!) in order to be on site before the sunrise.  Once we arrived, we realized that the temple didn’t open until 6:00 unless you paid 20 USD for the special tour.  Because we knew we could get in for only 2 USD with our Work Visas, we decided to wait it out.  So, finally, and hour later, we were able to climb to the top.

 

A more panoramic view from one of the levels close to the top of Borobudur.

A more panoramic view from one of the levels close to the top of Borobudur.

Stupas and Mountains while on Borobudur. Inside each of the stupas is a statue of Buddah.

Stupas and Mountains while on Borobudur. Inside each of the stupas, which look like upside down bells, are statues of Buddha.

For our trip to Prambanan, we decided to go for sunset.  We had much better luck with this expedition.  We didn’t have to wait for the ticket booth to open, and we were able to enjoy the brilliant sunset.

A panoramic view from the top of one of the individual temples that make up Prambanan. I believe this was while at the Candi for Shiva or Vishnu.

A panoramic view from the top of one of the individual temples that make up Prambanan. I believe this was while at the Candi for Shiva or Vishnu.

Here, I am standing next to some of the ruined temples that used to be part of the Prambanan Grouping of temples.  Because of 1000+ years and many earthquakes, there are a lot of temple ruins.  Christine is featured in the background, trying to avoid being in the photo, albeit unsuccessfully.

Here, I am standing next to some of the ruined temples that used to be part of the Prambanan Grouping of temples. Because of 1000+ years and many earthquakes, there are a lot of temple ruins. Christine is featured in the background, trying to avoid being in the photo, albeit unsuccessfully.

Teresa and I have a tradition of taking photos together at all of our travel destinations.

Teresa and I have a tradition of taking photos together at all of our travel destinations.

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A top-down panoramic of one of the temples. Karissa is below in the green hard hat, photographing the sunset.

Language school was a extremely valuable experience.  I felt like I was able to ask questions and solidify some of the basic structure I had already been experimenting with.  We studied for hour hours a day at language school, and learned a lot of basic words, mostly focused on everyday items, food and numbers.  In addition we learned a lot of basic conversational phrases.
We all felt very inspired, an now many of us are considering hiring tutors or going to a language school someplace in the Jakarta area.

Here's the whole gang, complete with our language instructors!  We were just given our certificates for the successful completion of our 12 hours of study.

Here’s the whole gang, complete with our language instructors! We were just given our certificates for the successful completion of our 12 hours of study.

And that concludes Part One: Jogjakarta.  Next time, I will write about the Lombok portion of our trip! Stay tuned!

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One thought on “October Holiday [Part One]: Jogjakarta

  1. Reblogged this on tomtificate and commented:
    Hey folks, sorry for the reblog, but I have a big test tomorrow and an even bigger midterm on Friday. So while I do that, enjoy this post by my friend Michelle, who’s currently teaching English in Indonesia.

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