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Goodbye, Batukaras! But finally some surf pics ;)

Why we moved away earlier than expected...

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Dear all,

as Sigrid has problems with her arms and back since days and we needed to see a hospital, we finally decided to move earlier to Bandung. It was a good decision and if you ever need a hospital in Indonesia, we can recommend RS Advent - ofcourse not the same like in Europe, but it was clean and helpful. She must wear now a ruff, but luckily she feels better. And we are both more relaxed!

But before we write you more about Bandung and the area around (Lembang), I promised you some surfing pictures. As we told you before, the waves are smooth at Batukaras and never ever dangerous or enormous, but we also had some bigger days. With some decent swell, the waves are not only fun for long-boarders, also at lower tides, short-boarders can find their happiness. If you catch the wave right at the point infront of the rocks, you can ride for at least 300-500 meters till the next bay. One guy was lucky and a got a leaving fisher boat that gave him a lift back to the point ;).
After four o'clock on the good days, the locals invade the point. They start infront of the rocks and it gets almost impossible to get the good ones. We advice to surf in the morning or early afternoon.

I enjoyed surfing in Batukaras a lot. As a whipe-out never has consequences, you can really work on your turns and take more risk.

Hang loose,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 04:28 Archived in Indonesia Tagged indonesia java surf waves surfing sup swell batukaras supsurf standuppaddling gongsup hangloose pointbreak Comments (0)

Next steps...and some new decisions

Why you should change your plans if needed

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Hello again,

after Borobudur we wanted to move to Red Island (East Java). There are a few surf spots and also the famous G-Land. We thought that this could be a nice place because it is surrounded by a national park and includes a lot of wild animals, snorkeling spots and nature. But, sometimes Java also brings changes. We would needed at least 15 hours by train to go their and we could not find so many great recommandations of other surfers. On the other hand, we started to miss the easy-life of Batukaras. On the last day of Borobudur, Stefan checked the swell for the next weeks...and it was clear, that we will move back to our little surfer-village and friends. Our welcome-back-party was so sweet and everyone was totally happy to see us again. And we knew immediately that this was the right decision. Deni, the owner of Lagooon Beach Bungalows, was very nice and organised our transport back as well as our bungalow for the first week. Stefan brought some high-class fishing equipment with him and Deni connected us with some fishermen of the village to do a trip on the sea. It was very nice to see the coastline from more far away and we had a funny time with the fishermen even we did not speak the same language.

And for all surfers here worldwide: tomorrow we will post some images from the waves!

Love,
The Soulfeeders

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Borobudur

A temple you should not miss!

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Hello again,

first of all, thank you so much for reading our travel blog! We saw, that at least 350 people are following us, which is nice to know and also motivates us to take more care of our blog.

We visited Borobudur a few days ago and decided to stay there for one night. You can visit the temple the whole day, but they have special offers for the sunrise and sunset tour. This is a bit more expensive, but the view should be amazing. If you do not want to see the sunrise on the temple, but the temple in the light of the sunrise, you need to pay entry to Manohara Hotel and this is about IDR 475.000. There are a few very nice hotels in the area of Borobudur and we decided to see the temple on our way to the hotel and watch the sunrise the next morning from the hotel terrace. If you wanna do so, you need a early wake-up call around 4:30 am, but it is really worth to see it. Borobudur is surrounded by nice hills and when you wake up, you can see a lot of fog until the sun finds a way through the mist.

The temple itself is one of the most special ones we have ever seen. Built in the 9th century it is a Mahayana Buddhis temple and the biggest Buddhist temple worldwide. It is a Javanese Buddhigst architecture and shows the Buddhist believing in attaining Nirvana. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa. Ofcourse it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you walk around, compare the differences between the Buddha statues. They seem to be similiar, but they aren't. Five groups of mudra (hand position) represent the five cardinal compass points (North, East, South, West and Zenith). Every point and its mudra has a meaning according to it.
East = Calling the earth to witness
South = Benevolence, alms giving
West = Concentration and Meditation
North = Courage, fearlessness
Zenith = Reasoning and virtue

After our visit to the temple, we checked in at the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa. Actually, this was a surprise and present! We never ever stayed at a place like this. We had our own Villa with our own garden and pool. I cannot express, how beautiful our house and the whole hotel-area have been. For check-in we got a tea-time buffet and even a massage was included as well as a small photoshooting. We relaxed until the evening at our pool and had an amazing dinner later on. A group sitting next to us, payed to illuminate the Borobudur Temple at night, so we were lucky to have a wonderful view on it, even it was dark. The next day, we saw a great sunrise, had a wonderful breakfast and stayed until lunch break. I think, we will never forget that location!

But, unfortunately, we needed to move on...or move back...but more of this, the next time :)

Love,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 01:28 Archived in Indonesia Tagged indonesia java pool borobudur borobudurtemple buddhisttemple plataran Comments (0)

Yogyakarta

Why you should visit the city - and why not!

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Hello again,

sorry for being late with our blog entries, but we had no time for writing at all.
Now I am ready to give a big review to Yogyakarta, so let us be honest! If you do not want to see the big temples nearby (Prambanan and Borobudur) or the Vulcano Merapi, you can skip the city. On the other hand we can recommend it to move here, if you have enough of Warungs, Nasi Goreng and Bintang. You will find a very young, artistic and inspiring community and chill-out areas, that you won't find anywhere else in Java. Also the food was incredible! If you wanna go to a lot of nice bars and restaurants nearby, you should stay in the area of Prawirotaman. We can highly recommend the SateBar, ViaVia, Mediterranea, Iconic Gelato and Bamboo House for food. You can find here (especially at Mediterranea) also good Steak, Pizza and Italien Food, but be prepared to book a table! If you wanna have some drinks, try Taphouse Beer Garden, Asmara and Sakapatat. Most pleases offer bear in their menu, but if you prefer wine or cocktails, ask your waiter! It is a bit a twilight zone. While you go for a walk in this area and explore the places by yourself, you will also find some nice shops where you can buy handmade artworks, chocolate or coffee and antiques. If you have time, you can also visit the Keraton (Sultans Palace) and the area around. Also the Malioboro Street (biggest shopping mall with a chinese market) is nice, if you wanna buy some Batik. At Malioboro Street, you will also find some nice streetfood with Durian or, if you like, grilled and fried bats. At Malioboro Street, be warned: some guys will come and want to show you around, but rather want to go with you to a batik factory. We heart really funny stories why we should go for a walk with them ;). In Jogja you can use the App Grab (like Uber), if you need a transport. It is very cheap, fast and useful, because walking around is not really nice. Some places are nice, ofcourse it is also nice to visit the temples in the area, but if you are just on the street, you will find only a lot of traffic, pollution and trash.

At least, if you are interested in a different way of living then other Javanese cities, you are also into art and streetart and if you enjoy good food and drinks, come to Yogjakarta! You will find open-minded people and also a lot of great galleries. We were surprised how many great galleries are in unexpeted places. Also the Jogja National Museum is must-see. We spent more than three hours their and bought some handmade, organic stuff at the shop enclosed.

Summing up, we loved the art places in Yogyakarta and the nice restaurants as well as the fantastic temples nearby, but don't be dissappointed if you would not find a lovely promenade, nice parks or rest areas. And take a rickshaw at least once - it was fun!

After Jogja, we moved to Borobudur for one night - read about this very soon!

The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 22:35 Archived in Indonesia Tagged art indonesia java yogyakarta restaurants bars malioboro kraton hollidays malioborostreet jogjanationalmuseum Comments (0)

Prambanan, Gunung Merapi and a Jeep Tour

Moving around Yogyakarta!

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Hello again,
I am sorry that we had a few days off of writing, but we came a few days ago to Yogyakarta and did a lot of stuff. Before I will tell you more about Jogja, how they call Yogyakarta in a lovely way, I will write about some tours we did in the area around. One of the most famous hindu temple, Prambanan, is just 40 minutes away from the city and it is the biggest Hindu temple in Java and the second largest Hindu site in Southeast Asia. It is from the 9th century and dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was the most beautiful place I have every been. The 47 meters high central building with his typical hindu architecture is a place to be, if you are in that area. Originally, the complex consists of 240 temples that shows from above a mandala. Unfortunately, the temple was partially destroyed by earthquakes (especially 2006) and vulcano erruptions. They still try to reconstruct the complex. We did not manage to come here on sunrise/sunset, but if you can manage it, it is the best time to see Prambanan! Beside tip: take a good suncream and water with you! It can be very hot and there are a lot of big stairs ;) If you are a student, take your card with you. The entrance fee is quite high and the student tariff is much better.

After that, we go on to see Gunung Merapi (Mountain Merapi), which is one of the most dangerous and active vulcanos in the world. Merapi means Firemountain and Javanese people are, on one hand, very scard of him, on the other hand they pay homage to him. It is a stratovulcano and errupt regularly since 1548. Pyroclastic flow from a large explosion killed many people since 1994. The last recent erruption was in May 2018. Ofcourse, this vulcano is on a monitoring program, also because in this area are living a lot of people. Evacuation programs and also a bunker, which we visited also, are part of the security program. It is also possible to go on a 6-hours-hiking tour to visit the top, but the route is closed for now, because he is quite active at the moment. We took a Jeep to handle the very bad roads and visited "Lost world", a village that was destroyed by an eruption in 2006. 5000 people died. You are walking the whole time on lava rocks, which also can be big as a room (see the picture with the stone that looks like an alien). There is also a mine where they use the lava rocks for house-building - a very dangerous place to work!

Next time, we will write more about Yogjakarta and the art scene here!

Love,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 20:31 Archived in Indonesia Tagged java yogyakarta temple vulcano hindu prambanan merapi eruption gudungmerapi Comments (0)

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