Yogyakarta, also know as Jogja, was such an interesting city, a real mix of traditional and modern.
We stayed at Good Karma Hostel, and it was honestly one of my favourite hostels I’ve ever stayed in. I’ve stayed in some really great ones and some real stinker all over the world and this is definitely near the top of the list. It was clean, great location and helpful staff all played a part in such a great stay.
Highlight of my time in Jogja, was a our trip to Borobordur temple, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. We got up early so we could make it there for 6am when the gates open. The sun wasn’t very high above the horizon, and you could see the volcanoes on the horizon. It was nice being there right at open because it wasn’t as crowded and we could take our time. As the place filled up with school groups, we were stopped quite frequently for interviews and pictures. Felt kind of famous, but I was also ready to get out of there after a few interviews for various school projects.
Other than that, we explored the city. Going to the daytime and nighttime market. We tried a lot of tropical fresh fruit, I loved them all besides Durian. If you have heard of Durian, it stinks. There are actually signs on some buses with a picture of a Durian and an X through it. I now understand why.
I also went out to a local bar one night and that was a lot of fun. They had a live reggae band and some seriously good vibes. I’m already a pretty awkward dancer to begin with, so reggae was a little tricky to dance to, but that’s what beers for I guess.
At the end of my stay in Jogja I had to part way with the three other solo Dutch travellers I was lucky enough to spend the first two weeks of my trip with. I love Solo travel, but it was also super nice to have people to adjust to life over here with.
Category Active, Archeology & Ruins Location Indonesia, Yogyakarta
- By Kelsey
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