Well words escape me right now due to time constraints, tiredness and the volume of what I would need to say to do everything justice, so here are the pictures and words will come …
Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. (from Wikipedia)
Borobodor was first stop for the day on Sunday a splendor of ancient design and craftsmanship.
From Borobodor it was another bus drive but a window seat always makes the bus drive interesting.
From Borobodor we headed off to the village of Sumber where the heads of the three local villages welcomed us into their homes and village life. Planning was of course perfect as we arrived the day of a grand festival of music and dance out on in aid of the ‘chicken sponsorship’ program whe children of the villages are given a chicken to raise … We had lunch in the common eating room, another grand selection of Tempe, rice, soup, tofu, cabbage, carrot, sambal and more. From here we went to watch the festival with half of the people from the close by villages all watching from every vantage point. A highlight of the dancers was definitely the children, the two little boys with their bamboo horses definitely stole the show! The children are amazing to watch dancing, they take the dancing very seriously and watch their elder children and full in line.
We returned to the common room to be allocated to our villages for the village home stay. back to the village for a team dinner then some went back to watch the festival were our village leader, the Sumber village, Bapak Damar was one of the fine performers! But some of us were weary at days end and headed off to our varied village accommodation spread across the three villages, all within walking distance of each other. At three am the roosters were at it, at four thirty it was call to prayer from the loudspeaker at the mosque handy for us this was fit next door, then five am the roosters set back to it and then the dogs joined in, by six the cat had even joined in. Best to fall and rise early in Java I think! Surprisingly after being used to Bali there are very few dogs around the villages, those that are in houses are caged, I only saw about 5 dogs in all, but I seemed to hear many more!