Salatiga Week 3

There has been lots going on this week. I had a busy week with classes, had an excursion to Yogyakarta and also experienced some interesting food with my home-stay family.

Me at BorobudurOn our trip in to Yoyga we visited the Buddhist temple of Borobudur. It was built around 800 AD and is carved from volcanic rock. (The sarung is not a fashion statement but a requirement for the temple)

We also went to the Water Palace of the previous Yogya kings (there is still a king who rules Yogya).

IMG_0542Finally we spent the evening shopping and eating in Yogya. It is an incredibly busy and bustling place… unsurprisingly, a very Asian city but it seemed there was more room to express individuality.

Earlier in the week I went with my home-stay family to eat out at one of the popular roadside stalls. They asked if I would like to try a local delicacy which turned out to be snails on a skewer. It was quite rubbery but ┬ádidn’t taste too bad!

I finish the first half of my course this Tuesday and then move up a level for the final two and a half weeks of my stay.

 

 

Back in the UK

I am over in the UK for a couple of weeks in order to attend Ben and Heather’s wedding and also to have a bit of a holiday.

So far I have spent a day in Bristol and am currently just North of Salisbury. The wedding is this Saturday and a lot of people are making the trip across which is fantastic.

Today we are heading into Bath for a bit of R & R before the final preparations for the wedding (although I have not been particularly helpful)

Bristol
Bristol
Salisbury Cathederal
Salisbury Cathederal