Driving from Yogyakarta to Jakarta
The situation in Yogyakarta was still the same as the previous day. Ashfall have already stopped but the whole city still needs to be cleaned up. It was the day we were supposed to fly back to Jakarta, but all flights have been cancelled due to the closure of 3 major airports in Indonesia including Yogyakarta Airport.
a becak driver in Malioboro
It was a Saturday and with the number of passengers stranded since Friday, there was a little chance we can get tickets to Jakarta. Still, we drove to the nearest train station to check out if there's still an available trip. We already prepared ourselves for the worst. True enough, the tickets being sold was already for Monday and Tuesday.
There are vans that normally ply the Yogyakarta-Jakarta route so we did not need to pay for the return trip. The van can accommodate 7 passengers but we decided to hire the entire car to make our trip comfortable in a way. It cost around 1200 each (in Philippine Peso) for the trip.
And so after our short city tour, we finally bade goodbye to Wisnu and waited for our driver that will pick us up at 1PM.
photo-op with Wisnu in front of Edu Hostel
Our driver (Yogya-Jakarta trip) was the craziest we've encountered. Smoking inside the van, overtaking in sharp curves, blowing his horn like there's no tomorrow, stopping in every mosque without informing us (not that I hate him for always praying) and over speeding to compensate for the lost time during stopovers.
first of the many stopovers
Average trip normally takes 12 hours but we arrived in Jakarta after 14 hours.
I just thank God we were still alive and without bruises or cuts.
Borobudur, we're still not done with you. WE SHALL RETURN.
Should you wish to avail of Wisnu's services, here's his website: