My eyes are full of crap!
After my temple tour my right eye started acting out. Then my left eye joined too. Then I got some eyedrops and they're all better now, but everytime it rains it seems to go bad again. I think it's the polluted rainwater that my eyes don't really dig.. unfortunately it's been raining a lot!
So back to monday. I went to see some temples (btw uploading pictures to this thing has been a pain in the ass so they're not done yet, I have to get back on that sometime). First up was Borobudur, the biggest buddhist monument in the world. It was very impressive. But unfortunately, because of Merapi's recent eruption, you couldn't climb all the way up there.. since it was full of ashes. That's really a shame, having to have to settle on just looking at the thing and not exploring it. Well then I saw a schoolkids approaching, approximately 50 of them, and when they spotted me they all wanted to take a picture with me (this is very Asian). First it was with the whole group, more or less, then a bunch of individual pics. It was fun but i started feeling a bit panicky when they were all going around me asking to pose for quite awhile, with their cameraphones flashing. Also there were some nice ladies who wanted a picture with me. Thet kept asking whether I have a husband and where he is. This is because it's not appropriate for young women to be traveling alone here. Acceptable answers to those quiestions are, however, "not yet" and "not here" so that's what I used:)
Next up was Mendut, a smaller temple. Very beautiful! I spent some time with a couple from Jakarta who were doing the same temple tour as me. They were on their honeymoon and I felt a bit bad for them, because their honeymoon only consisted of going to Yogya and then back to work on wednesday:S After Mendut we went to see Prambanan, a collection of hindu temples. They were seriously the most beautiful temples I've ever seen! Truly amazing!! Or like wikitravel said: "awe-inspiring" (pics coming up!!) I was faced with the same problem again, everybody wanted a picture with me. But the people were really nice and when it started to rain, they walked with me with their umbrella since I didn't have one. So no complains:)
Yesterday I met the first backpacker so far, Jorge from Chile. We walked around a lot (yes, it's possible here:D). We went to see the Sultan palace too, but it was all quiet and he told me to try in the morning when there'll be music and dancing. That's what I'm about to go for right now! Then he had a plane to catch to go to Bali, and I'm heading towards Sumatra, opposite directions. But I might see him later in Thailand or Laos or something.
I bought myself a minibusticket to Bandung, departing tonight. But I think I'll head out on the same day to a village next to the sea called Pangandaran. It's supposed to have the most beautiful beaches in Java, but less touristic than Bali. Can't wait, I've had enough of the city life already!
Btw last night I had a really awesome time with some girls of the dorm I stay in. We watched football (Indonesia vs. Thailand, Indonesia won 2-1 :D), chatted, took a lot of pics. I really love hanging out with the locals here!