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Holiday!

My family and I were away for four days this week.  Our school gives us a week off in conjunction with the Indonesian observance of Idul Adha, a day of significance for Muslims.  We chose to head to another part of the island of Java, to Yogyakarta.  Yogyakarta is in Central Java and it’s famous for its batik, its nearness to Mt. Merapi (the volcano that blows its top every couple of years), and two important historical and religious sites.

Borobudur and Prambanan, Buddhist and Hindu temples, respectively, are both located very nearby the city of Yogyakarta.  We stayed in a villa in the shadow of Mt. Sumbing, another volcano, and traveled between the two temple sites before returning home.  The villa is decidedly rustic and offered beautiful vistas of surrounding rice fields and farms, as shown above, and is surrounded by masjids (mosques) that open the day with prayer at 4:00 am.  There is nothing like waking up to someone praying/singing in Arabic before the sun even rises.

On Tuesday, our last day at the villa, I woke up with the call to prayer and snapped some photos as the sun came up.  The light was great and the proximity to Mt. Sumbing meant that the air was actually cool.  A beautiful experience, to say the least.

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4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Empressnasigoreng's Blog and commented:
    For any of my Indonesian or Indonesia-loving friends. :)

    October 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • Thanks for the compliment…and the reblog.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  2. This is like a never land perfect vista. It ought to be a painting of something ‘perfectly imagined’ but it’s real!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    • Thanks very much. That’s actually a lot like how it felt to be photographing the scene – something that I could only imagine.

      October 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

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