Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist temple. Recently it was covered completely in ash from a volcanic eruption. You can see by all the nooks and crannies this temple has that it must have been a nightmare to clean up the ash.
We arrived early in the morning and the dawn mists still wrapped the temple giving it an ethereal quality. Later the sun burned off the mists so we had the temple in two completely different lights. Again, this is not high season here so we enjoyed the temples without dealing with tourist mobs.
Later we rode on to Prambanan, a Hindu temple complex, dedicated to Shiva.
We had a nice little losman to stay at in Yogyakarta on Sosrowijawan Street. Its always fun to meet other backpackers while there on these side trips.
This is a father daughter team from Holland, Henni and Melissa.
We were pretty close to the Sultan's palace from our place so we walked the mile or so to the palace. You get stopped by touts all along the way wanting to take you to a batik exhibition (which will close that day, last chance to see this). Yeah, right. We dodged about a thousand of them and their pedal taxi counterparts all the way.
What are the chances the sultans are related to Spock, a Vulcan?