After searching for a good 25 minutes I saw a huge rat the size of a small dog walk down the alley in front of us... and if you know me, I have the biggest phobia of rodents, like so bad that I can't even look at the stuffed animal mice in the children's section at IKEA. I froze and instantly started crying, I was in a bad panic mode but couldn't go anywhere because I was in a maze of alleyways surrounded by towering walls. With exhaustion and hunger fully consuming us, Landon was frustrated but I literally couldn't move and was in near sight of a panic attack. Thankfully Landon pulled it together for the both of us and understood. He searched another 20 minutes alone while I stood in a local's doorway frozen. We thankfully found somewhere and I decided to stay in as Landon went and got us food, I ate a chocolate ice cream bar for dinner that night, Landon is so good to me. :) I know that I take a huge risk traveling when I have this horrible phobia, but after not having anything happen in India I thought I was just invincible of all rodents... which definitely wasn't the case. From that point on, our routine of walking back to our room was a very successful plan. Landon would go ahead to every alleyway, stomp his feet and check every nook and cranny and once it was clear he would tell me I could come. Many of the same locals we passed by every night would watch us strangely but I could care less.
So Borobudur shown in these photos, is Indonesia's #1 tourist site. It was just 30+ minutes from Jogja and the most expensive thing we paid for, it was $40 US dollars!! A Dutchman discovered this ancient Buddhist temple in the middle of the jungle. There were reliefs of a Buddhist story carved into every stone used to create Borobudur. It was pretty amazing to see everything and I was very inspired by the intricate reliefs.