My friend and her daughter decided to spend two weeks in Indonesia during the winter break in Australia. So we planned to have a mother & daughters getaway. Since this was her first visit to Indonesia and there was only limited time we decided to explore places that did not require long travel times. We visited both Yogyakarta and Bali.
My return to the Borobudur temple was not only to show my guests this wonderful site but also to introduce my daughter to the magnificent structures that form the world’s largest Buddhist temple – one of the masterpieces among the Wonders of the World. Part of my goal was that this trip would expose Camille to more of her Indonesia culture and heritage knowledge (half of her life has been spent overseas). When we reached the temple it brought back memories of my first trip there when I was only fourteen. I went with my family plus my eyang kakung (grand father). He told me the story behind the temples construction. It was amazing story, that i know have shared with my daughter.
Another highlight from this trip was an outdoor buffet dinner facing the magnificent Prambanan temples and watching a Ramayana dance performance. The dancers were in beautiful traditional costumes, and the story was easy to follow – an exquisite performance. Highly recommended. During our last day in Yogya our driver took us around Jalan Prawiro Taman, the area where the palace is located. We saw many VW cars decorated with colourful neon lights – quite a surprise. It was the first time I had ever seen anything like that there. I never knew that so much was happening in Yogya nowadays. After Yogyakarta we flew to Bali and stayed a few days in a villa in Seminyak. Bali was our last destination before heading back to Jakarta, so we would just stretched out a bit and relaxed. My friend joined yoga class every morning while I swam and enjoyed the start of my lazy day with a breakfast prepared by the vila staff – what a delight!.