Welcoming friends in Indonesia (part one)
|Happy ladies on the beach (Pantai Drini)|
She booked her flight to Yogyakarta - as there are no direct flights between Solo and Denpasar - we exchanged ideas about what to do on Skype and on 22 April early in the morning I drove to Yogya airport to pick her up. Indonesian traffic is often a nightmare. Especially in the densely populated area around Solo and Yogya. But driving between 5 and 7am was straightforward and refreshing, as the heat of the day hadn't yet set in. Of course her flight was a bit late, but I didn't mind waiting with a fresh pineapple juice in my hand.
|Posing with Indonesian schoolgirls at Borobudur|
|Javanese traffic. This is rather relaxed.|
We arrived safely in Yogya and dropped our luggage at the guesthouse where we could stay thanks to a friend from Solo. Through some contacts she acquired working for the Swiss embassy, Manu knew a Swiss/Indonesian couple in Yogyakarta that invited us over for dinner. We spent an evening with a Swiss expat and his lovely wife, eating delicious food, drinking wine made in Bali and chatting about Indonesia and Switzerland.
|A succulent meal on the beach|
|Driving on the beach|
|View from our beach cottage|
Picture collection from our trip with Manu