1 – 2 March 2013
Yogyakarta is the soul of Java and the cultural heart of the country of Indonesia. I had a wonderful couple of days exploring the street life, watching shadow plays and the art of Batik, listening to Gamelan and visiting the huge palace of the sultans of Yogya, the Kraton. Customs and tradition are strong but the vibe young in this city, we were in our element even though older than the obvious student population. There were small bars, second hand markets, graffiti lane ways… a somewhat ‘Indonesian Melbourne’ you could say. It lacked the pace of the bigger cities but we were totally ok with this change of scenery. Rohan was out of town most days with meetings for his film project so I had time to myself to roam.
If you ever want to see the real Indonesia you should definitely head to Yogyakarta! The colour, sounds, smells in this city are incredible and shouldn’t be missed.