Well, I could ramble on and on about my days here in Yogya, but I will try not to ! There is not a single day without wonder or excitement .
I visited Prambanan, Sewi and Plaosan Temples yesterday, wonderful fantasy places, Prambanan, the largest and most popular, had a strangely gothic feel to it. Prambanan and Sewi are Hindu so were highly decorated with carved stories of Vishnu and Shiva, the two Hindu Gods.
Plaosan is Buddhist and consisted of two identical structures, symbolising man and woman. The sights were all damaged in the 2006 earthquake, a large part of Sewi was tumbled and consisted of huge piles of stones, giant rubble heaps! Eco my new guide and I had the two smaller Temples to ourselves. It felt as if we’d stumble upon them in the wilderness and was quite surreal,
there were no guards there.
Very different to Parambulan, that was teaming with local tourists and school children. It was strange because several Indonesians wanted their photo taken with me, one big family group wished me to be included in their holiday photo and three pairs of teenage girls coyly asked If I would mind; couldn’t work out if they were making fun or thought I was curious. Many youngsters climbed on high walls and perched for mobile phone photo shoots, very dangerously and the attendants appeared to ignore them despite “No climbing ” signs.
Ah the youth of today, more interested in their Facebook image than their amazing Heritage !