Indonesia was amazing 4: random stuff

This post is about a bunch of random stuff…

 

This is a typical toilet in Yogyakarta. I actually encountered few squat toilets. I’ll admit I never really understood what the giant bucket of water was for. It seemed too gross to do anything with other than flush the toilet. But all the toilets I encountered had flush capabilities (see the little button on the back?) and you wanted to use water to wash your nether regions, there was always a hose for that(see it behind the bucket?) and every bathroom typically had a sink for washing your hands.

 

Banyan tree

 

Pretty money. 10,000 Rupiah is about 72 cents.

 

I actually didn’t encounter very many garbage/compost/recycle bins in Java but this one at Prambanan is pretty nice.

 

After a hot day it was great to find these cold damp towels at a restaurant to wipe your face and hands with.

 

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Indonesia was amazing 3

I had some amazing foods and meals in Yogyakarta. Our hotel had this stunning breakfast buffet. Here some other meals.

Novotel Yogyakarta Hotel Breakfast Buffet

 

I actually can’t remember where this was!

 

Ordering off the menu at Novotel Yogyakarta Hotel. This was one of their local specialties.

 

 

I can’t recall the name of the restaurant but they had the best tempeh ever.

Indonesia was amazing: 1

I came back from my trip to Indonesia February 2, 2018 but haven’t had any time to post anything about it. I figured I at least should put up some photos!

I left the USA on January 22, 2018 and flew to Yogyakarta via Tokyo and Jakarta. The goal was to meet up with His Eminence Avikrita Vajra Rinpoche, His Eminence Abhaya Vajra Rinpoche, Her Eminence Dagmo Kusho Sakya and dozens of other travelers from Sakya Monastery in Seattle, and from around the world, in order to undertake a pilgrimage to see various sites important to Buddhism, such as the temples at Prambanan and Borobodur.

I arrived in the pouring rain, and each passenger was handed an umbrella as they stepped off the plane. We had probably a quarter of a mile to walk to get to the airport.

Welcome to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Here is your umbrella and your first experience of rain soaking through your sandals.

They say that Indonesia isn’t a good place for travelers with mobility issues, and they aren’t kidding. Imagine trying to shlep a wheelchair here:

This is the road between the hotel where I stayed and the nearby Galeria Mall.

We stayed in the Novotel Yogyakarta Hotel and it was pretty posh. Here are some of the fancy treats that awaited my roommate and I:

This is a Javanese coconut treat.

Snakeskin fruit

One last thing, because I wished I could have found a photo of the plug in the hotel before I went, is a photo of the plug in the hotel. I geek out on weird things. 

I will try to post more in the coming weeks!