Getting to Yogyakarta, Indonesia ranks up there with one of the most difficult journeys yet. First there was the drive from Palm Springs to Los Angeles where I met Joan and we flew from LAX to Tokyo to Singapore to Jakarta. This was more than 24 hours of travel time so we built a recovery day in Jakarta where we met our friends Cynthia and James who arrived a few hours before us.
We quickly learned that the 14 other people who are seeking a total solar eclipse, and joining our intimate little group, are just as weird as we are. We also learned that the very next morning we would be boarding a plane for Yogyakarta at 5:20am. Herding 18 newly met, jetlagged, leaderless people at four in the morning on a bus, through a foreign airport, and aboard an aircraft at about 10 minutes before insanity proved to be quite the challenge. Some of us are still nursing wounds from that ordeal.
We arrived in Yogyakarta around 6:30am where we were met by a local tour guide and excruciating humidity and the knowledge that we would be separated from our luggage and would be enjoying 12 full hours of sightseeing in ungodly heat. Oh, and pee breaks, water, and resting stops would be practically nonexistent. I was a little put off by this and I think the member of the group that are over 80 years old fainted dead away. But our Indonesian odyssey has truly began in earnest and two days later as I’m writing this post it is once again about 5:20am and I have to be in the hotel lobby in 10 minutes to catch a flight to Bali.
So, with that said, I’ll need to cut this post short and just insert some of my typical photos. As soon as I once again find myself with a few minutes, an Internet connection, and a charged device I’ll add more details of our second day in Yogyakarta.