Yogyakarta is a city of students, culture and tourism. A city of students? Yes, because in Yogyakarta, University students from all over Indonesia are coming to study here. Yogyakarta has a nice friendly neighbourhood. Most Javanese are contemplating to spend their retirement days in this cossy town.
We are so lucky if we have the opportunity to escape our daily routines in Jakarta to sepnd sometime enjoying Yogyakarta, although for a very short time. But, it worth every penny we spend and spiritually so much refreshing. But the most important thing is that Yogyakarta is famous for its cheap but yummy food to taste and souvenirs to bring home.
Driving up to Mount merapi, we saw some villagers harvesting kelengkeng fruit. We bought some from them and further up we bought 3 kilos of salak fruit. Too bad we don’t have the picture for you.
As we came in front of the Monitoring spot of Mount Merapi, we are so impressed and overwhelm by the majestic sight we saw. It was so beautiful and we were so happy to be there. Thank goodness the sky was clear and bright; no impending clouds or rain to disturb our peace of mind. Just perfect!
The Wikiedia noted Gunung Merapi as “the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. It is very close to the city of Yogyakarta, and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano, with villages as high as 1700 m above sea level.
Although smoke can be seen emerging from the mountain top at least 300 days a year, several eruptions have caused fatalities. Hot gas from a large explosion killed 64 people on November 22 in 1994, mostly in the town of Muntilan, west of the volcano. Another large eruption occurred in 2006, shortly before the Yogyakarta earthquake. In light of the hazards that Merapi poses to populated areas, it has been designated as one of the Decade Volcanoes.”
We also trakked a protected forest nearby. It’s lovely. It has green scenery and a nice river flowing down the hill. And thank God, there is no monkey either. A monkey in a tourist area may sometimes cause discomfort.
We end our journey by having a full natural fish dish in lovely a hut. there are pants, water, fish, delicious food, friendly waiters. Enjoying moments like this is… a lovely life for me… 🙂