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Travel Diary: Borobudur

Borobudur is probably the most famous and largest Buddhist temple in the world, located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Erik and I actually went sightseeing in this area about two weeks ago, back in Jogja (we’re back in Jakarta now because our wedding is tomorrow). But we left Jogja at around 1 pm and after stopping by Sendangsono (photos from Sendangsono will probably be up later tonight) and arrived at Borobudur just in time to see the sunset.

These domed structures are referred to as “stupa“, and in Buddhism, they are shrines. The Buddha is portrayed meditating within the stupa. (If you see the other stupa in the background–there are statues of the Buddha inside each of them, too).

We climbed like hell to get up to the top of the temple before the sunset. It was incredibly crowded, but we were lucky because Waze helped us take an alternative route. If we had stayed on the route we were originally on, we would’ve been late. We actually bought tickets to get in about 15 minutes before the ticket booths closed. (For reference, tickets into Borobudur are about Rp. 30.000 iirc). 

He’s probably going to be jokingly annoyed with me for posting what he considers to be lame pictures of him, but…

In case photos of Borobudur bore you, here are photos of me which will hopefully inspire you to be less jaim and to have more fun in life. I’m pretty sure I was getting weird looks from people around me.

Here’s your typical, non-weird, touristy photo. I think this picture would be about 100x better without me in it…because then you can see the stupa. But the park was closing and the security guards were rushing us all off the park.

Before I arrived in Indonesia, I really wanted to learn traditional Indonesian dancing (there are actually a lot of different styles, so I don’t think that’s an appropriate/fitting term). I still don’t really have that opportunity, but maybe someday I’ll be able to learn.

Borobudur’s walls are decorated with narrative reliefs which tell the story of the Buddha. These reliefs were created in Javanese style. (You can see another example of Javanese architectural style if you stop by the Church at Ganjuran). Anyways! Borobudur apparently contains the most Buddhist reliefs of any monument in the world. There are 2,676 panels like this one and 504 Buddha statues in all, and then there are 72 stupas.

A lot more foreigners know about Borobudur than about Sendangsono, pictures from which I’ll post later. Borobudur is the most visited tourist attraction in this country! If you’re ever in Indonesia, make sure to stop by and watch the sunrise. Plan a lot of time here because you can (1) catch a whole lot of Pokemon and stop by a lot of Pokestops in the park/trail area of Borobudur and (2) get lost in all of the shops also situated on the grounds. Of course, you could come here for the culture and spend your day enjoying the reliefs and the architecture of the monument. (Cough, nerd).

So! I’m getting married tomorrow. I was expecting this post to be done earlier, but I got distracted. So I will probably post pictures from Sendangsono on Monday and then later in the week share some photos from the wedding with everyone! Thank you so much for all of your congratulations and, as always, may your day be filled with joy and blessings.

Love,

Theodora

Weekend Work

He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish. Steve Holt! No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. Marry me. It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. I’m a monster. Army had half a day. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.

I’m afraid I just blue myself.

First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Really? Did nothing cancel? Well, what do you expect, mother? Michael!

Really? Did nothing cancel? Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough. Not tricks, Michael, illusions. That’s what it said on ‘Ask Jeeves.’ Really? Did nothing cancel?

“IT’S SIMPLE UNTIL YOU MAKE IT COMPLICATED”JASON FRIED, 37SIGNALS

Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun. Whoa, this guy’s straight? It’s a hug, Michael. I’m hugging you. Well, what do you expect, mother? I’m afraid I just blue myself.

Guy’s a pro. Get me a vodka rocks. And a piece of toast. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense. Did you enjoy your meal, Mom? You drank it fast enough.

It’s called ‘taking advantage.’ It’s what gets you ahead in life. I’ve opened a door here that I regret. Marry me. Guy’s a pro.

THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND

Steve Holt! No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.

Army had half a day. Marry me. We just call it a sausage.

Guy’s a pro. Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun. He’ll want to use your yacht, and I don’t want this thing smelling like fish. We just call it a sausage. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.

No! I was ashamed to be SEEN with you. I like being with you. There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. No… but I’d like to be asked! Whoa, this guy’s straight?

There’s so many poorly chosen words in that sentence. Now, when you do this without getting punched in the chest, you’ll have more fun. No… but I’d like to be asked! There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor.

STAY HUNGRY, STAY FOOLISH.STEVE JOBS

Guy’s a pro. I care deeply for nature. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?” First place chick is hot, but has an attitude, doesn’t date magicians. Whoa, this guy’s straight? Whoa, this guy’s straight?

No, I did not kill Kitty. However, I am going to oblige and answer the nice officer’s questions because I am an honest man with no secrets to hide. Not tricks, Michael, illusions. That’s why you always leave a note!

Across from where? I’m afraid I just blue myself. No… but I’d like to be asked! Guy’s a pro. What’s Spanish for “I know you speak English?”

Hipster painter.

Oh, you’re gonna be in a coma, all right. I care deeply for nature. I care deeply for nature. I’m a monster. I don’t criticize you! And if you’re worried about criticism, sometimes a diet is the best defense.

No… but I’d like to be asked! It’s a hug, Michael. I’m hugging you. There’s only one man I’ve ever called a coward, and that’s Brian Doyle Murray. No, what I’m calling you is a television actor.

You’ve swallowed a planet! Stop talking, brain thinking. Hush. It’s art! A statement on modern society, ‘Oh Ain’t Modern Society Awful?’! No… It’s a thing; it’s like a plan, but with more greatness.

Saving the world with meals on wheels. Did I mention we have comfy chairs? I am the last of my species, and I know how that weighs on the heart so don’t lie to me! No, I’ll fix it. I’m good at fixing rot. Call me the Rotmeister. No, I’m the Doctor. Don’t call me the Rotmeister.

Sorry, checking all the water in this area; there’s an escaped fish. I hate yogurt. It’s just stuff with bits in. Aw, you’re all Mr. Grumpy Face today.

Better Readability

I hate yogurt. It’s just stuff with bits in. You’ve swallowed a planet! They’re not aliens, they’re Earth…liens! Did I mention we have comfy chairs? Father Christmas. Santa Claus. Or as I’ve always known him: Jeff.

I’m nobody’s taxi service; I’m not gonna be there to catch you every time you feel like jumping out of a spaceship. Sorry, checking all the water in this area; there’s an escaped fish. It’s art! A statement on modern society, ‘Oh Ain’t Modern Society Awful?’!

It’s art! A statement on modern society, ‘Oh Ain’t Modern Society Awful?’! Did I mention we have comfy chairs? Did I mention we have comfy chairs? All I’ve got to do is pass as an ordinary human being. Simple. What could possibly go wrong?

Heh-haa! Super squeaky bum time! You hit me with a cricket bat. Annihilate? No. No violence. I won’t stand for it. Not now, not ever, do you understand me?! I’m the Doctor, the Oncoming Storm – and you basically meant beat them in a football match, didn’t you?