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AV Trip Blog – Borobudur – AbsoluteVisit #25

 

Borobudur, AV #25

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Brad, Will and the Stupas

Two weeks ago we visited AbsoluteVisit #25, Borobudur! This was our 8th AbsoluteVisit of the trip and was one that we had never seen before, but were both very curious to explore and compare to the other incredible temples we had seen in the region.

Unfortunately the weather gods delivered us clouds for our entire visit, but we were still able to enjoy a decent sunrise and sunset from the top of the temple. All in all we had a great time and really enjoyed spending hours trying to take the perfect photos of the bell-shaped stupas from the top!

[Don't miss our favorite PHOTOS and a VIDEO from our trip to Borobudur!]

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AV Trip Blog – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Entry to Prambanan Temple

OK, now that you are done laughing about Brad and I in our hard hats and skirts (uh uhm – they made us wear them!), we can carry on. Prambanan is a 9th Century Hindu Temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was originally made up of 240 different temples, but what stands today are roughly a dozen with the remains of the others surrounding them.

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Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

AV Trip Photo – Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia

That’s right, hard hats and skirts! It was that dangerous … errr … beautiful! Regardless, we checked out this temple on our way to Borobudur and it was incredible. Photos from the temple will be coming soon!

Hardcore Photo Shoot - Prambanan Temple - Yogyakarta
 

Two Wheel Circus – Jakarta, Indonesia

 

AV Trip Photo – Two Wheel Circus – Jakarta, Indonesia

Everyone is overwhelmed on their first trip to Asia by the number of scooters found zooming through the streets. These daredevil drivers often perform maneuvers reserved for video games back where we come from. The normally boring daily commute turns into something you could watch for hours.

I’ve witnessed lots of crowded streets throughout my travels in Asia, but never before have I seen such madness as I did this week in Jakarta. These are the most complicated and crazy streets that I have ever seen. Crossing the road turns into a game of Frogger cranked up to level 10+. I’m convinced that my odds of dying while traveling have never been greater than when I spend the day criss crossing the Jakarta streets.

Here is what one of the less crowded roads looked like from where I stood as the two wheel circus flew by!

Two Wheel Circus - Jakarta, Indonesia
 

The Future Riders – Jakarta, Indonesia

 

AV Trip Photo – The Future Riders – Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta often is knocked as a tourist destination because of having a real lack of anything “touristy” to do here. Additionally the city is incredibly crowded and very intimidating to navigate.

For us, the crowds create a never ending web of people and places to explore. Yesterday we stumbled down some random back alley streets near our hostel and ran into a couple of kids who were truly enjoying life. They were riding around the alley on their little bikes, pretending to be like their parents who navigate the crowded streets of Jakarta on their scooters everyday.

Scenes like these bring a huge smile to my face. There is nothing that I enjoy more about traveling around the world than seeing people happily going about their normal lives. No tourist attraction in Jakarta or elsewhere can give you the same feeling.

The Future Riders - Jakarta, Indonesia
 

Thirsty Monkey – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – Thirsty Monkey – Bali, Indonesia

When was the last time you saw a monkey break into someone’s purse, rip out a bottle of water, swiftly spin off the plastic cap and chug every last drop water in a matter of seconds? These little mischievous criminals put on quite the spectacle at entrances to many of the popular tourist sites in Bali.

It’s all fun and games at the moment, but I fear that someday they will learn the value of my iPhone and snap it right out of my hand and take it up into the trees. I’m guessing they’d place a call shortly thereafter with a ransom demand for a truckload of bananas!

Thirsty Monkey - Bali, Indonesia
 

Balinese Jungle Warrior – Monkey Sanctuary – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – Balinese Jungle Warrior – Monkey Sanctuary – Bali, Indonesia

Deep inside the Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Monkey Sanctuary in Bali we stumbled upon this incredible man standing frozen on the jungle floor. What was once a mighty warrior in a previous life, is now just a stone statue watching over the curious monkeys.

Balinese Jungle Warrior - Monkey Sanctuary - Bali, Indonesia
 

Balinese Temple Face – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – Balinese Temple Face – Bali, Indonesia

Every time I look at this photo I think of those old Budweiser commercials that said “Whhaazzzzuuuppppppp?!” However, I do know that this carved face at this Balinese temple means quite a bit more. These faces are somewhat common in Bali and adorn many statues and building.

Balinese Temple Face - Bali, Indonesia
 

Native Rice Drying – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – Native Rice Drying – Bali, Indonesia

Bali is very well known for its expansive rice fields and surreal rice terraces that cover the large Indonesian island. We came across this elderly native drying grains of rice next to a large field while traveling to the northern end of the island.

Native Rice Drying - Bali, Indonesia
 

The Cliff Temple – Uluwatu Temple – Bali, Indonesia

 

Photo of the Day – The Cliff Temple – Uluwatu Temple – Bali, Indonesia

Uluwatu is one of the most famous temples in Bali and this picture shows you one of the major reasons why. Sitting high above the Indian Ocean this temple certainly gives off the ultimate spiritual aura as you are nearly forced to become one with nature. Looking out from the temple itself you won’t see any land for nearly 300 degrees making your outlook on life that much more simple.

The Cliff Temple - Uluwatu Temple - Bali, Indonesia
 
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