I’ve been on my fair share of press trips for the blog, but it’s not often that I get to go on one that has something so amazing on the schedule as seeing the sunrise at Borobudur. A true bucket list experience. Ok, so you do have to get up really early, but this is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never ever forget, right? I experienced the sunrise at Borobudur, and now I am here to give you tips for your own trip. Is it really worth it?
On the misty hills of Java you’ll find a temple complex that hardly anyone knows about, but which is breathtakingly beautiful: Gedong Songo. If you could capture magic in one place and one experience, it’s this one: riding a horse through this temple complex in Central Java. Writing a blogpost is rather hard when you feel so lost for words! I feel so privileged that I got to experience this. It’s not my first time on the back of a horse: I used to ride horses as a child and though it ended quite traumatically (hanging upside down with one foot in the stirrup), I still like to get up on the horse every now and then for the most special travel experiences. I did it once in Yosemite, and this time I grabbed my opportunity in Indonesia. It also led to the most unflattering photo of me of all time, by the way. You’ll have to get me real drunk to get me to show you that one :).
But first let me tell you something about the Gedong Songo temple complex. We made a stop there while traveling from Semarang to Solo, two cities in Central Java. This complex is unknown amongst foreign tourists, which made it a great spot to visit for a private experience. This was especially the case when I visited: it was the end of November, which meant there was hardly anyone there. I think I’ve seen about twenty other tourists while walking around this huge complex. The rest of the people were locals! Let me quickly tell you more about Gedong Songo so you can start planning your visit :).