Unexpected Adventure – Prambanan Temple
According to plan, I boarded the bus to Yogyakarta early in the morning. I was going to visit the Prambanan Temple and then visit Yogyakarta, see the night market and relax on the beach. Prambanan Temple is one of those places, that are worth visiting in Indonesia. Inside of the bus, I asked ticket seller to inform me when I should get off the bus and about 30 minutes later one of the passengers showed me, that we are just passing the Prambanan Temple. Minute later I get off the bus and 15 seconds later I’ve heard “Hello mister, where you go?”. I replied that I’m going to Prambanan Temple and I heard “Far away! I drive you for 30000 ($2.5). Of course I didn’t accept that offer – afterall I knew, that Prambanan Temple is nearby so I just walked there. Following two Indonesians, I’ve reached the entrance to Prambanan Temple and prepared my camouflage – pulled the scarf on my face, put on black glasses and long sweatshirt and long trousers. Indonesians pay an entrance fee of 35.000 while foreigners have to pay 200.000 – 400.000. I already had a ticket bought by my Indonesian friend – price for natives, so I followed Indonesians heading to the entrance. My camouflage was pretty good, as I showed the ticked, waited five seconds to see if there are any objections from the person checking the tickets and as there weren’t I kept walking. It worked, I entered Prambanan Temple for the local price!
Of course when I got inside, there was a lot of sightseeing, exploring the temples and taking a lot of photos. Once in a while I was asked to take a photo together with some Indonesian girls – it’s quite normal, I’m a superstar after-all. I’ve spent few hours exploring all the temples in the complex as well as the museum. When I finally finished, I went to the bus stop and bought a cheap ticket to Yogyakarta – the bus departs every 10 minutes. So I bought the ticked and waited on the station and when the bus finally came everyone rushed inside, pushed one another and a moment later the bus was full and who didn’t get on had to wait for the next one. Me and few of the foreigners already knew what to do when the next bus came, we rushed inside and even got sitting place.
Forty minutes later I got off at the station at Malioboro and started to look for a cheap room. Pretty soon I found out that there are holidays and long weekend in Indonesia, therefore every hotel, hostel and guest-house is full. I search for peace, pretty soon we found that Indonesia is now a holiday and to agree to a long weekend and all the hotels are full. I kept looking for any available room for the next 3 hours, but without success. Finally I met J-J, which was a receptionist and a couchsurfer. Unfortunately he couldn’t host me, but one of his friends drove me to two hostels, that might have had available rooms. In the second one I heard “Yes, we have one bed available” – finally my luck is back, I though, but then I heard the remaining part of the sentence “but it is in female dormitory”. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to convince the receptionist to let me sleep with the girls, but he told me that nearby is a hostel that might have a room available – it was my last chance. When I got there, there was noone at the reception desk, but some blond girl approached me and asked:
Blonde: Hi, are you looking for a room?
Me: Yes, I’m trying to find a room for over three hours without any success.
Blonde: Sorry, this one is full also. We do not have a place to sleep either (she pointed at the boy and girl who approached us), but we are going to climb the Merapi Mount at night. Wanna join us?
Me: Sure, why not.
And that’s how I ended up climbing one of the most active volcanoes on Java at night, instead of visiting the night market and relaxing on the beach.