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Upon returning…

We endured fifteen hours on an Airbus. No TV or other distractions, and all food to be paid for. Add to that the quite uncomfortable seats and you’ll guess that this was a budget airline. Air Asia is a very good low cost airline, we’ve flown several times with them now and the service is [...]

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Our Indonesian journey concludes

Our final destination in Indonesia was Jogyakarta, a fairly small town that’s a tourist stop off point. It has a long street market with a thousand stalls selling fake everything, nice batik clothes, and bric-a-brac that no doubt heads straight for the charity shop bin bag once it reaches Europe. It has legions of becaks, [...]

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Solo or Surakarta?

Smack bang in the middle of Java is Solo, a town of a bit under a million people. On the maps it’s called Surakarta, but it’s known as Solo. It’s off the tourist trail, rarely visited but it has a few things to see, so we took a minibus for the seven hour drive there. [...]

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Food glorious food (mostly)

One of the joys of Indonesia has been the food. Nice and spicy and so affordable compared to Australia. We’ve done no cooking and eaten out twice most days. There are virtually no Indonesian restaurants in the UK but the place does have a distinctive cuisine. Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and Mie Goreng (fried noodles) [...]

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The horror

We needed a bus for our journey, and for our sins we found one, and when the journey was over we’d never want another. We needed to get across to the neighbouring island of Java, a relatively small island that 120 million people call home. Our flight out goes from a town in the south [...]

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