So I took a plane to Yogyakarta (otherwise known as Jogjakarta, Yogya, Ngayogyakarta or more simply, Jogja) scrapping my plans to go from East Java to West Java via train. I did it because there was a biennial Couchsurfing event and I thought it would be a good place
The event was over three days but I got there a day before and I messaged the group and they immediately sorted me out with some free accommodation along with some other Couchsurfers.
The event itself was exactly what I thought it would be. Good, old-fashioned, clean fun. The first night we were treated to some shows by other Couchsurfers. We saw various different performances of Silat, the Indonesian martial art, and, my word, the performances were fantastic with backflips in tow. After we were treated to an animation depicting the poor Indonesians in North Java during the 1990’s economic crisis. In that part of Indonesia, Dangdut music is very popular. That night we all slept in bunk beds at the Youth Center and your bathroom was your standard bucket and water situation.