27 - 29 March 2009

Well, it`s always hard to begin. But first of all, i`d like to thank you, Edhi and Wobo (the driver, whom i don`t know how to
spell correctly). (Wawan is Oleg Mean/correctted)
Our first impression was Edhi`s hospitality and his welcoming manners. We just loved sharing our meals with him
and Wobo. Especially we enjoyed the diversity Edhi was trying to bring into our meals, every time with traditional and
regional flavour. Although the diners were probably quite poor looking for the European, we are not that posh and
enjoyed our food absolutely, especially that wonderful duck on the way to Probolinggo.
Of course, Yogja and Central Java deserve much more time.  The suzuki looked brand new, but the suspension was
so rough on the first day, that we really felt quite beaten by the end of the day (we got used to that through the following
days ok). Our first day was quite tough so we decided to cancel Merapi viewpoint the following morning and head
down to Prambanan and Bromo directly. We should have visited the Sultans` Palace instead, but i`ve forgotten about it
((. As well, i didn`t know we would be passing Solo, which deserves a lot of attention. And we passed by the
Pitekantrope museum unfortunately, which is really very interesting for me as long as i`m a doctor. But i must admit,
that the guys paid lots of attention to our needs and answered most of our numerous questions.
Accommodation: everything was absolutely alright we have no complaints, we it`s not our habbit to complain much.
Yet, the first one in Jogja was incomparable the the Yoshi and quite distant from the centre. Cozy Yoshi hotel was
awesome!! If we had more time, we would have stayed there for another night to enjoy that wonderful fresh mountain
cool air, mahogany decorations and views. Concerning comfortability, that was our best accommodation in Indonesia,
including 4 star hotel in Surabaya )) the only misfortune was the electricity, which was enough for the lights to be on,
but insufficient for battery charger and hair dryer.
And of course we have exclusive photos of the area.
We should have booked our tickets to Lombok with you in advance. I thought it would be no problem, but when we
arrived to the airport and Edhi left it turned out that no tickets were available untill the day after. There were some
people offering tickets, but i was afraid to collaborate with them and we had to stay overnight in Surabaya, waist lots of
money on a useless star hotel, which was in the centre, but we couldn`t see the town at all. We bought tickets to Bali
next morning in hope to find flights to Mataram from there. But upon arrival it turned out that everything was overbooked
and finally i had to buy tickets from those guys, reserving all the waiting list and sharing their income with the cashier.
but it was ok and finally we landed in Lombok, our final destination. We wanted to go by ferry, but i couldn`t find the
information on it at the airport and decided not to risk our precious time. As a result, we spent a bit more money than
we should have but next time i would know better.

Warmest regards
Anna & Oleg
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