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Now we are in a boutique hotel, Rumah Mertua, in Yogyakarta which is in the south of Central Java. Happy Eid Mubarak to all Moslem people. It is a long holiday in Indonesia, so we use it to wonder around Yogyakarta. We stay 2 nights in Yogyakarta and continue our journey to Kudus where my sister lives.
It took nine hours driving from Surabaya to Yogyakarta. We departed at 11:30PM and arrived at 7:45 AM by car.
Our first target was meeting a homeschool family to get further information regarding the national exam. We met Ms. Patricia Taslim and family. She is a single family homeschooler with her only daughter, Lala. They were so inspiring. Taking a look at her website, my sons were motivated to write more like hers. We were very happy to meet them in their beautiful natural residence. We were encouraged a lot to get further in our home education.
The next target was eating Gudeg, Yogyakarta traditional food, a mixed of jackfruit, hard boiled egg. We were very lucky to be able to have gudeg dinner. The restaurant should be closed at 7 pm, and we just arrived at 6:30pm. We really enjoyed gudeg a lot.
On the second day in Yogyakarta, we went to Parangtritis beach which is in the south of Java island and Ganjuran church, a special church whose Javanese, European, and Hindu style. We spent our time in the beach with riding bendi, a traditional horse cart, and riding ATV, a four wheeled motorcycle. The wind was nice. Each kid had twice chance riding ATV with daddy. Ken actually could handle it by himself, but his daddy didn't want to release him. We spent just two hours there.
In Ganjuran church after praying, we went around to explore the special church. Kids inquired a lot. Our dinner on the second day was chicken satay. Actually it was not very special, but it was close with my old campus where I spent a lot of time. Kids were exhausted on the second day.
From Yogyakarta, the next day we drove to Kudus where my sister lived. It was 4 hours car trip. Kudus is a small city in the north of Java. We visited Kudus three years ago. It was great that we had wonderful moments in Kudus visiting my sister.
We returned to Surabaya on the fourth day early in the morning so we wouldn't get traffic jam as we had in the previous year.