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Long overdue travel diary to Central Java, Indonesia (2 of n)

In Journey on April 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Sorry, I’ve been pretty busy lately and just got a terrible flu these couple of weeks. Anyway, let’s continue the story, shall we?

Day 2 in Solo, my friend brought me to waterfall at Tawangmangu. Tawangmangu area is located in the Karanganyar area about 30 km from Solo. Tawangmangu is area with a cold air because the height of about 1300m above sea level. In this Tawangmangu area there is a very famous waterfall called Grojogan Sewu and is the most famous tourist attraction here.

We need to took a bus ride to get to the Tawangmangu terminal. From Solo, it took around 1-2 hours to reach the bus terminal. It was quite a ride, the bus were super crowded and the bus driver played loud Dangdut music (sorry, but not my favourite). I tried to sleep for the entire bus ride. Finally, we arrived at the terminal, and I thought the waterfall will be very nearby like in walking distance. Apparently not! We need to take another transport going into that area, which local called angkot. We need to haggle the price first or they will charge you with ridiculously expensive price, especially for tourist. It took another 30-40 minutes to reach the waterfall.

We got a quite nice driver, he brought us not only to the waterfall but also to nice restaurants with famous oxtail soup, Sarangan lake and also another restaurant with famous hedgehog satay (surprisingly delicious!). So firstly, we went to the oxtail soup restaurant, we were starving as we reached there by 3 p.m, and we hadn’t have lunch! After the short stop for late lunch, we went to the Sarangan lake. It was drizzling rain when we arrived and foggy. Actually nothing much to see here really. But then again, maybe it’s because of the rain that we can’t see much. But I took some picture over there.

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Foggy day by the lake

From there, we went to the Grojongan Sewu waterfall. We need to hike a little bit to reach the waterfall. This place is like a conserved forest with just small pathway to go up to the waterfall. So many interesting pictures we took! And the funny thing was I met my friend from university who also in holiday. What are the odds we met in this place! 🙂 Finally, we reached the waterfall and it was beatiful! We managed to get closer and took some pictures.

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Entrance to Grojogan Sewu waterfall

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 Back to nature, enjoy the peace

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Hike with a style 😉

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 Fiuh, a little bit tired so let’s relax for a while

As we hike, there are swing set and also seesaw. Bring us back to our childhood memories! Picture is in order! Also, they’re selling rabbit satay just by the sidewalk near the waterfall. Which in the end, I tried how was it. Personally, I don’t fancy it. The meat taste a bit funny, hard to describe. But, you can always try it. Never try, never know!

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Let’s play with me!

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There’s a child in all of us, sometimes we need to them out and play

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Here’s my friend whom I accidentally met during my trip!

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Finally, the waterfall!!

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Nothing like enjoying your day with best friend

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Trying something new: rabbit satay

That’s pretty much how’s the waterfall trip. It was so much fun! On the way back, we visited small restaurant for hedgehog satay! Second new thing I tried that day. And the verdict this time: IT’S DELICIOUS! Unlike the rabbit satay, I really like the hedgehog satay! The sauce was a bit spicy, but that’s just make it perfect. Unfortunately, I didn’t take picture of the satay. But it just like normal satay haha 😉

We finally reached the bus terminal again ready to catch the last bus going back to Solo. But my friend told me to try this pisang molen (Indonesian banana fritters) special Tawangmangu. It is small pieces of fried banana with sugar powder. Man, it was heavenly. Not too sweet for my taste, but just perfect!

molenPisang molen Tawangmangu

I slept all the way back to Solo. It was super tiring yet super fun day. That’s Day 2. Day 3 will be even more interesting, little hint: we went to an island just like a heaven on earth 😉

I.J.G

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