In Jogyakarta, we had a really good driver. His name was Chandra. He took us to the temples around Jogyakarta and showed us lots of interesting stuff, like Snake fruit. Snake fruit is a really ugly fruit. I didn’t like it but everyone else thought it tasted good.
On our last day in Jogyakarta, Chandra took us to some of his favourite spots.
First we went to a bird market for Emma (she loves birds). I didn’t like it very much. I didn’t like seeing so many animals packed into small cages. There was many different types of animals, not just birds. It had lizards, bats, snakes, bugs, turtles, mongoose, monkeys and rabbits. There even had scorpions.
My Dad says it was very sad, because all these trapped animals came from the wild. They will never be free again.
To cheer ourselves up, we went to the Black Sand beach. Actually, first we went to a really high view point that looked over the beach. It had a really steep road up to it. The spot was kind of a secret. It was wear Chandra used to take his wife. It was a spot where hang-gliders jumped of the hill. We didn’t see any hang-gliders that day. It was a nice view over the whole beach. When we were finished there, we went down the really steep road to the beach.
When we got to the beach, I changed into my swim suit and headed towards the waves. I realized that it wasn’t really black sand. It was kind of greyish-yellow. After thirty seconds in the waves, my Mum and Dad said it was too dangerous. We came out of the water and went back to the main road to get a drink.
There were lots of people on the beach, but not many in the water. They were sitting under umbrellas or riding in horse carts along the sand.
Next we went on a boring two-hour drive through the country-side. The road was very windy and I didn’t feel too good. There was a surprise at the other end. Chandra was taking us to a water tubing place.
First we went to the tubing on a open river. Our transport was a pickup truck. We stood up in the back of a pickup truck while they drove us to the drop point. When we got there, we had to walk for a bit and then I hopped in my tube. We all went floating down the river. There was only one small rapid at the very beginning, but that was fine.
When we were about five minutes in to the tubing, we got to the jumping station. At the jumping station there were two jumps: one was five meters high and the other one was 12 meters high. I jumped off both.
After jumping, we floated down the river. Emma and I jumped in and out of our tubes and had a lot of fun swimming around them. It was a little scary when a thunderstorm rolled in. My Dad was a little concerned that lightening might strike. It was real cool tubing in the warm rain.
Next we went cave tubing. It was really dark in the cave. There were a lot of stalagmites that were shiny. They also had crystals in the cave that were really cool to see. The thing that freaked my Mum out were the bats. We saw two types of bats: the fruit bat and the insect bat.
Both were really small.
When we got to the other side of the cave, it was raining really hard. There was thunder and lightning and it was really cold. We got out went back to the hut where we started and changed into warm dry clothes.
We were driving back when we remembered we needed to eat dinner. Chandra took us to a little local restaurant. It looked like a shed on the side of the road. I wasn’t sure what it was going to taste like. My Dad was a little nervous too. To our surprise, the food was amazing. It was the best food in Indonesia by far.
It was a great day.