So on the record, I officially have the worst track record of posting … posts. For that, I have no excuse but a good chuckle, and a rub of my belly, I mean abs… I mean ab. Those who are wondering, I am still quite alive. Here I am getting to some posting after a long time. Above is a picture of the Water Castle or Taman Sari.
The next destination off the list in Indonesia was Yogayakarta in Central Java. It is most commonly pronounced and unofficially spelled as Jogjakarta or simply as ‘Jogja’. I was quite excited to reach the city of Jogja after hearing many great things from friends who have been and loved it. Jogja currently acts as a gateway for the well known attraction Borobudur and Prambanan (what I really wanted to see; in the next post) but also retains a lot of overlooked culture and nice places to visit, which I am glad to have spent time on.
The history of Jogja was an important part of Indonesia as the city acted as the revolutionary capital city of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch during the Indonesian War of Independence. Thus, many buildings and sights in Jogja have a lot of royal or culture significance in Indonesian history. Now, the city is a very good representation of the Indo-Art and Culture scene with a well established and vibrant community of art, food and life all across the region. Jogja actually rests on a very seismically active fault that often is subject to earthquakes and nearby volcanic activity. The last big earthquake was May 2006 (6000 casualties), and the last volcano to erupt nearby lasted for 2 months in October 2010 (353 casualties). So, check the news before you go.