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Borobudur, AV #25
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!
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Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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 The site was originally made up of 240 different temples, but what stands today are roughly a dozen with the remains of the others surrounding them.Continue Reading The Full Post >
AV Trip Photo – Hardcore Photo Shoot – Prambanan Temple – Yogyakarta, IndonesiaThat’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!
AV Trip Photo – Two Wheel Circus – Jakarta, IndonesiaEveryone 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!
AV Trip Photo – The Future Riders – Jakarta, IndonesiaJakarta 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.
Photo of the Day – Thirsty Monkey – Bali, IndonesiaWhen 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!