I gently twisted the cap opening the bottle of water. It was almost impossible to drink one without pouring it because of the feeble plastic bottle its housed. As I start to write this article about the city Yogyakarta, East Java, I wondered what else to do except for the sole purpose of coming here because of the architecture. But really, what is it to write more than the Borobodur Temple and Prambanan Complex? A little? A lot? There are some worth mentioning.
In 2016, my wanderlust was born. It happened in the Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia. Honestly, that was my first ever beach that’s just beautiful. Despite of living in the islands of the Philippines, I’ve never really wandered around and didn’t have the any chance in exploring our own beaches until then. That year was my first time travelling without my family and I’ve never felt so free.
Yogyakarta or Jogja from a traveler’s point of view is quite simple, dull as to say and honestly at first I thought there’s not much to do around here. Though I only came to see Borobodur Temple and the Prambanan Complex but I found a little bit more than beautiful architecture. I found familiarity, warmth, and people living simple lives.
The next morning (our official day ! in Jogja) my sister and I went on a trip, hired a private car for the day and drove up the mountains in search for some worthy viewpoints. As we pass by the long narrow roads of Jogja that are shared by cars, motorcycles, rickshaws (but in reverse where as instead of the bike pulling the passengers seat, it pushes it from the back). I’ve noticed some horses pulling carriages. I’m not so sure if it’s here for the tourists or it’s part of their mode of transportation, though I wouldn’t try it myself.
The following viewpoints are a 10 minute drive or so away from each other.