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Jakarta

Jakarta – Bye bye Indonesia

That’s it… Time to say good bye to Indonesia…

just took the night train to Jakarta…had 1st class but could barely sleep…1st class in Asia is like 5th class in Europe…! was lucky not to sit on top of the train.

But all in all Indonesia was an awesome time…ups and downs…Many nice people. Fun Experiences…And an awful shuttle ride to Yogyakarta…:P

Final stop…Jakarta..I just had a couple of hours to spend before my flight left to Singapore…Jakarta itself is more organized than Surabaya…but also just another big city with not much to do…

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look at that…they are playing football on 3  fields…by that ungodly hour… IMG_1595

tooo fucking early..

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The Jakarta monument and a shitty car? That’s basically all you can expect from that city..Major attractions I would call these! :P IMG_1590IMG_1586 IMG_1585IMG_1583Starbucks…always a sign of civilization..and god damn helps you to focus..if you are missing a night full of sleep.  IMG_1578 So that it…Airplane! I had no ticket for the fancy one…

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next up exploring Singapore

Prambanan

Yogyakarta – Prambanan

The next temple on the list…Prambanan…

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17km northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47m-high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.Prambanan attracts many visitors from across the world.

As always… Scooter drive to the temple :)

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Prambanan is similar impressive as Borobudur..however the construction of  the temple is completely different..

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It was almost entirely destroyed in 1006 and 2006 and is not yet rebuild completely…

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However, still impressive :)

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One could even enter the temples..But besides some holy figures there was not much to see..

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sooo many details…in such old stones…

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later on we went on to another ruin (Ratu Boko)…near by the Prambanan temple…

Ratu Boko is an archaeological site known to modern Javanese as Kraton Ratu Boko or Ratu Boko’s Palace. Ratu Boko is located on a plateau, about three kilometres south of Lara Jonggrang Prambanan temple complex in Yogyakarta Indonesia. The original name of this site is still unclear, however the local inhabitants named this site after King Boko, the legendary king mentioned in Loro Jonggrang folklore. In Javanese, Ratu Boko means “Stork King”.

The ruin was kinda boring…but at least the view over the city was not too bad.

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The view…………………….

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Good luck and goodnight…

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next Jakarta…

Borobudur

Yorgykarta – Borobudur

So we went to Borobudur…for the sunrise..Getting up really early 3am, renting a scooter and heading 45min to Borobudur…to catch the sunrise…

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Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues each of which is seated inside a perforated stupa. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Borobudur is such a magical place…with these uncommon relief panels…felt so unreal.

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and in the back there is basically the beginning of the jungle…

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The temple itself was completely restored…since it was severely damaged over the last 1200 year due to several earthquakes, human violation  and disintegration…

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catching the magic…

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besides the temple there was a small museum with a big Buddha..

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next up…Prambanan

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Yogykarta – The Market

The best city in Indonesia in definitely Yogykarta..

After a 12 hour non-aircon shuttle bus ride, where I met Chloe from NYC, we finally reached Yogya. The next day I headed off with Chloe to discover the markets and streets in Yogya. We had some kind of a private tour throughout all the markets…and were able to try all the spices :) We ended up buying some fruits as well…

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in addition to the markets we had the chance to see/buy iconic batik “pictures” from a batik school…Cool stuff!IMG_0643 IMG_0641 IMG_0637 IMG_0642

The streets, the houses and the organisation itself in Yogya are also much better than in the rest of Indonesia…so is the traffic…so next plan.. rent a scooter and explore Yogya, its beaches and the famous temples in the next days…IMG_0595 IMG_0594 IMG_0593 IMG_0566

However, it is still a shame that there is no proper way to recycle garbage even in the bigger cities…so basically everyone just throws his litter a the sides of the streets… :/IMG_0573

Btw, I love the advertisement in Indonesia…almost made me buy some tissues…

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And let’s not forget the art..

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or the modern cars..

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to close that day, I would like to highly recommend SUPER PUDDING..it gives you similar strength and wisdom as ‘Gummibaerensaft’!

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next up the beach…

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Mount Bromo

A hell of a trip…Surabaya..Public fucked up transportation to Propolingo…Shitty tour guide that picked us up with a motorcycle and provided us a demolished shuttle bus for the actual mountain..

So first of all…I do not further talk about the “guided tour”, since the whole guided trip was just SHIT! Nevertheless the actual Mountain  Volcano itself is kinda beautiful, but with way to many tourists and local visitors…Do not pick a weekend to visit the Volcano…And even more important do not pick a guided tour when you’ll do it.

So we arrived in the late evening near the mountain area…just enough time to see the sunset…and get to the hostel..

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Next morning/ middle of the night: So we drove up the Mountain with our jeep that was only 1h late, so we almost missed the sunrise…on the Mountain itself we were surrounded by 492478 other jeeps doing the exact same viewing spot. Nevertheless, with my tripod I was able to shoot some decent pictures…  SUNRISE :)IMG_0284 IMG_0288IMG_0426 IMG_0391

Second spot of the day was the Volcano itself, the crater in particular. The view stairs up to the Volcano took forever, since all the other tourist needed to stop and breath…fuck..I have no glue what took them so long to walk 20 stairs…However, due to the  it was smelling like rotten eggs all the time which made the tour even better.IMG_0455 IMG_0447 IMG_0446 IMG_0443

And here it is the rim of the crater… IMG_0497 IMG_0489 IMG_0488 IMG_0515 IMG_0527 IMG_0524  me and some local indonesians… IMG_0543 IMG_0554 IMG_0500

next stop Yorgyakarta

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Surabaya

Next stop…Surabaya….As it was the cheapest flight I ended up in the second largest city in Indonesia.

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Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 3.1 million (5.6 million in the metropolitan area), and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait.

The City itself has not much to offer, but is a good shortcut to Mt. Bromo that I will do in a couple of days. Surabaya is very crowded and seems to be a poor city with lots and lots of street vendors no pavements and thousands of scooters. And if there were pavements they all look like this…

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However, I tried to find the beauty of the city, but besides big shopping malls and a crowded scenery I failed mostly.

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The next day just ‘walked’ through the city and townships ending up in a ChessClub in the middle of some shanties. I played against twice against one local Indonesia ending 1:1…maybe I should practice chess again. :P

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After my intellectual effort I took a taxi to Suramadu Bridge. The texi driver kindly ask me whether he should wait for me…And after a couple of minutes I figured out why…This is the poorest area in Surabaya…Most taxis avoid the area allover since they fear to being robbed…and especially during the night you won’t find a taxi here anymore. After a 20min stay and lots and lots of people asking me questions in a language that I do not understand, I returned with my taxi driver to the city…

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The Suramadu Bridge connects Surabaya and Madura Island over the Madura Strait. Suramadu is an abbreviation of Surabaya-Madura. A 16-kilometer highway will be built from the Suramadu Bridge to Madura International Seaport-City (MIS-C) in Pernajuh village, Kocah district, Bangkalan, Madura at a cost of approximately Rp60 billion (USD 7 billion).

When you travel you see how big and beautiful our world is, but you also see how fucked up it is as well….

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Mount Rinjani

Lombok (Indonesia) – Climbing Mount Rinjani

And here it begins…the biggest adventure on my trip so far…

THE PLAN: Climbing Mount Rinjani on  Lombok in 1 Day without a Guide

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The Mountain – Side info

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. It rises to 3,726 metres, making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia. On the top of the volcano is a 6-by-8.5-kilometre caldera, which is filled partially by the crater lake known as Segara Anak or Anak Laut due to blue color of water lake as Laut. This lake is approximately 2,000 metres above sea level and estimated to be about 200 metres deep; the caldera also contains hot springs. Sasak tribe and Hindu people assume the lake and the mount are sacred and some religion activities are occasionally done in the two areas.

THE PREPARATION:

0) Ferry Ride to Lombok

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1) Renting a scooter

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2) Filling petrol in plastic bottles for the way back
3) Buying food and water
4) Buying spare batteries for the torch

5) Enjoying the sunset before heading off

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THE EXECUTION:

1) Scooter rented..CHECK
2) Leaving the South of Lombok at 9pm…CHECK
3) Driving 124km in the middle of the night with no street lights in the direction of the volcano…CHECK
4) Finding a parking lot for the scooter and a to the mountain…FAIL (I wasted 4 hours hiking on the wrong track…ending up in an dead end, some farmers house with lots of agriculture)
5) Driving 20km further and find another way that leads to the mountain…CHECK
6) Luckily found the typical touristy track
7) Start climbing the mountain 4:30am…CHECK
8) Overtaking the first tent area at 1000m altitude…CHECK
9) Taking no breaks or timeouts while hiking…CHECK
10) Overtaking the second tent city at 2200m altitude…CHECK
11) Missing the sunrise…god dammit…CHECK
12) Reaching the crater at 9am…CHECK
13) Arguing with the tour guides that hiking on your own is forbidden…CHECK
14) Spending 30min at the crater an taking some pictures…CHECK
15) Extrem Running down the mountain again…GO Go GO
16) 1:30h of downhill running back to my scooter…CHECK
17) Injuring myself again…CHECK
18) Driving back home…CHECK
19) Reaching hostek at 1:30pm…CHECK!

So plz tell me why the fuck this is a three day guide tour?

So and now the whole story with some pictures….

1) Leaving the South of Lombok at 9pm…CHECK
2) Driving 124km in the middle of the night with no street lights in the direction of the volcano…CHECK
3) Finding a parking lot for the scooter.CHECK

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4)  Wastting 4 hours hiking on the wrong track…ending up in an dead end, some farmers house with lots of agriculture. CHECK/FAIL IMG_9520IMG_9523

5) Driving 20km further and find another way that leads to the top of the mountain…CHECK

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6) Luckily found the typical touristy track
7) Start climbing the mountain 4:30am…CHECK
8) Overtaking the first tent area at 1000m altitude…CHECK

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9) Taking no breaks or timeouts while hiking…CHECK
10) Missing the sunrise…god dammit…CHECK

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11) Overtaking the second tent city at 2200m altitude…CHECK

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more and more hiking…

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Sometimes falling asleep while walking..

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this is definitely the best hiking area I have been so far…

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Overtaking lots and lots of carrier guys..they are quite fast though

12) Reaching the crater at 9am…CHECK

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who is taller than me, no one!?

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13) Arguing with the tour guides that hiking on your own is forbidden…CHECK
14) Spending 30min at the crater an taking some pictures…CHECK
15) Extrem Running down the mountain again…GO Go GO
16) 1:30h of downhill running back to my scooter…CHECK
17) Injuring myself again…CHECK

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18) Driving back home…CHECK (in the daytime the island looks kinda beautiful)

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19) Reaching hostel at 1:30pm…CHECK!

next…Surabaya!

Ubud

Ubud Part 2 – The Rice Field Discovery

Ubud Part 2 – The Rice Field Discovery

After all the cities I have seen on my trip so far, I decided to explore the actual nature in Indonesia, in particular the massive rice fields on Bali.
So I went straight from my Hostel in Ubud to a place called….

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There are small paths guiding you away from all the streets, city noise and houses. The path itself was beautiful so I used it as well as a running track the other day. IMG_9140 IMG_9153 IMG_9161

When I finally reached the rice fields the view was stunning. Literally no human being was around…it was totally quite ands one could hear the wind waving through the all the plants in the rice field.

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Random art gallery in the middle of nowhere…

More and more rice fields to come…pure nature..The rice fields were just endless..

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Sometimes I spotted some people…but definitely no tourists in this area…

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I came along jungle similar areas…with people living in shelters that definitely showed the difference between the touristy areas and the real life in Indonesia.

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I went on for 12km when I found the first crossing back into the city. The road that got back to the city was full with handcraft shops that sell incredible detailed pieces of art and sculptures.

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A long day went by…finally on my way back to my hostel..next time I get one of these million scooters…

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Ubud (Bali) – Monkey Forest

After leaving the party place in Kuta, I went to Ubud which is located in the middle of the Island.

First stop after my arrival was the Monkey Forest…

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really bad bad bad idea to go there. The road I walked was near to rice fields combined with some construction sites.

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I read on the internet that three people on average get bitten by the monkeys every day and one should avoid to feed them. IMG_8949 IMG_8950 IMG_8952

However, I did not buy food to feed them, but nevertheless 3 monkeys bit me so hard that it started bleeding. What I did not know at that time is that monkeys, bats and dogs in Indonesia have a high risk to carry rabies! Especially on Bali lots of people and tourists die every year due to rabies….

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Since I had no rabies jab, I had to find a hospital asap. I took a taxi to 3 hospitals since I got my first injection for about 50 Euro! Fun fact, they only pay 6 Euro for the medicine, but charge tourists crazy amounts of money for the life saving injection. And they refuse to sell it to tourist, since they want you to go to hospital every time to get the injection by a nurse. However, it got worse..since I had to get 4 more injections the next clinic I went to a few days later wanted to charge me 150 Euro for each injection. I refused to pay! Luckily the pharmacy near by also had the medicine that I needed. I went there with a friend of mine. She is a dutch doctor that by coincidence specializes in viral diseases. We convinced to guy in the pharmacy to sell us the medicine without prescription, so that I can inject myself later without finding a hospital every time. I ended up buying three (more were not available) injections for 40 Euro each! Much cheaper than the fucking clinic but still impertinent expensive! However, I still have to find a pharmacy for my final injection.

Probably I would not go again to the monkey forest, nevertheless the jungle looks amazing.

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next up the rice fields