Another Day on the Back of a Moped

Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Trip End Oct 08, 2012


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Hotel Merapi

Flag of Indonesia  , Java,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Now that I had access to someone with a scooter, Agoes and I arranged for him to escort me around to all the major sites today. Again for a fee. Original meeting time was scheduled for 9:30 but I chose to sleep in.

First stop we went directly to the Kraton, the main palace, in time for the gamelan performance. Although they offer donation based tours, I wasn't aware of it until once we were inside so I just walked around clueless with Agoes. I learned quickly that he was NOT a tour guide, just a local making some money as a driver. The few facts I learned are:

Close by we took the back way to the water palace stopping at a local batik gallery, where I had a chance to speak with the artist. He explained the process and why it takes two months sometimes to make one piece. The quality batiks are first designed, drawn onto the cloth, a paraffin border is used and then one color at a time they dye the material. All the other small spaces which should not take on that color are covered in paraffin as well. The process is repeated as such, intricately adding and removing the paraffin wax each time they prepare to dye.

According to the Lonely Planet there is supposed to be a huge bird market nearby, but Agoes seemed to think that it had been moved. The other suggested itinerary includes a visit to the Kota Gede aka silver market. We didn’t quite make it to a congested market with loads of shops, instead he took me to a really nice factory/store where I got a feel for how time consuming and labor intensive the minature filigree is to produce.

For lunch I requested a visit to the other side of Yogya called Prawirotaman. I ate at the very clean and popular Via Via café. Once I saw this stretch of street lined with cute cafes and a yoga studio I immediately knew that I wanted to relocate to this part of town. It has such a nice, calm vibe in comparison to Sosrowijayan.

Post lunch I reminded Agoes that part of today’s itinerary includes a visit to Parangtritis Beach. We got back on the bike at around 4:00PM and drove out to the black sand beach. The beach sits up against a very green forest and is lined with ATV and horse rentals. We just grabbed a coffee, watched the sunset and then drove back to town.
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