13.05.2009 - 14.05.2009
Since we only have less than two weeks to visit Indoneisa we didn’t want to waste a day in Jakarta, which we felt would be similar to most large and hectic cities we’ve encountered thus far on our trip. So after checking into a guesthouse we went to a travel agency open 24hrs to purchase a train ticket leaving early in the morning for Yogyakarta, a more interesting and historical town with two very impressive Hindu and Buddhist Temples located nearby. We heard from other travelers that transportation in Indonesia can be pretty painstaking and exhausting, and since we just went through those same issues with the Philippines, we decided it would be best to go through a travel agent just to make certain there wouldn’t be a problem, but we were wrong on that one.
Our train leaving the next morning was at 7:20am and since we needed to be there an hour before and it was already early in the morning, we opted to stay awake and just sleep through the train ride. Not only did the travel agency charge almost double for the price of the ticket, but a lack in communication caused some confusion, basically preventing us from getting on the train and losing our money. One of the agents gave us a slip (another girl from the Netherlands was with us too) and told us to be at the office at 5:30am so he could take us to the station. We read this as a free ride, and after already waiting 20 minutes past the scheduled time for the worker to show up, we decided it was worth the cost of a taxi to arrive at the station in order to make the train, not realizing that we actually needed to meet with him beforehand so he could give us the tickets. Anyways, I stormed back yelling my face off, which in the end wasn’t too helpful since he had already purchased the tickets for us and it’s difficult to blame a little misunderstanding. But I was at least able to get the mark-up of the ticket back so we only lost the “real” cost of the fare. We then purchased at the station tickets for the luxury bus leaving an hour later since we wanted to make it into Yogyakarta that day. The train ride was very pleasant, with meals served. I pretty much slept through it’s entirety until we arrived around 5pm.