Allow me to take you back in time through culture, nature and food in Yogyakarta and Solo.
Taman Sari (Water Castle), also known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta, was originally built for multiple purposes. Some of its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family. Let’s be real though, it’s famously known as a former bathing space for the Sultan’s wives, wives-to-be and daughters.
Mt. Merapi, an active volcano that last erupted in early 2014, is one of my family’s favorite spot. No, we didn’t hike. We went to chow down the local delicacy called Jadah Tempe in the midst of the soothing, cool breeze. Oh, and one disgusting thing that I apologize to mention: Sate Kelinci (Rabbit Satay). Yup they exist. Nope I didn’t eat it – I’m pescatarian.
Gumuk Pasir is a new hot spot that offers sand-boarding. Although it was miserably exhausting to climb up the dunes, it was sooo worth it. Just don’t go at noon or else when you fall, you’ll be sorry for your ass.
Taking you north from Yogyakarta is Solo. Nothing much was done there except for my brother’s fucking wedding!! 😀 It was central Javanese-themed, subtle and beautiful. Here I am donning make-up by yours truly – inspired by Lana Del Rey – wearing a Kebaya and hair styled into a modern Sanggul.