Kaliandra - Day 2: Climbing Mount Bromo

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 14, 2013

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Kaliandra - Day 1

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 14, 2013

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Our sister city Surabaya

Kate Reitzenstein - Sunday, October 13, 2013

Our journey to Indonesia’s second largest city and sister city of Perth was by train, which took approximately 5.5 hours.  It ended up being a confortable and relaxing way to travel, even for two participants who were suffering stomach bugs. All we had to do was walk across the road from the Garuda Hotel to the Yogyakarta train station and board our train carriage. …Read More →

Sunrise to Sunset

Kate Reitzenstein - Saturday, October 12, 2013

We started out super early today leaving our hotel, the Garuda Inna at 3.30am. We headed for Candi Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, which was built between 750 and 842 ADAD. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been undergoing restoration since the 1970’s. …Read More →

Our Second Day in Yogyakarta

Kate Reitzenstein - Tuesday, October 08, 2013

On our second day in Yogyakarta we visited the Office of the Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta. His Royal Highness, Sri Praduka Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Ario Paku Alam VIII, Vice Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta welcomed us and listened to Bapak Syahri explain the mission and aims of the Into Indonesia tour. Sri Paduka was disheartened to hear that numbers of students studying Indonesian was decreasing in schools in Australia and encouraged more people to come to Yogyakarta to learn the Indonesian language and deepen their understanding of the culture.   …Read More →

Soaking up 'Suasana' Yogya

Kate Reitzenstein - Monday, October 07, 2013

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One in Ten Million

Kate Reitzenstein - Saturday, October 05, 2013

For people who live and work in Jakarta, the day usually starts very early to factor in the busy rush hour and traffic jams (macet) caused by the 10 million vehicles on its roads. Central Jakarta has a population of over 10 million while Greater Jakarta has a population has over 28 million inhabitants making it the largest city in Southeast Asia.  On our second day we travelled to the south part of Jakarta to visit an Islamic school, Al-Izhar in Pondok Labu. A journey that should only take 25 minutes according to Google Maps, actually took three times as long, as our bus slowly moved through a sea of motorbikes, overcrowded buses and bajajs, or motorized becaks.  …Read More →