Backstory: I was couchsurfing near Yogyakarta with a new host named Isa, he did not speak much English and my Indonesian was limited to the basics. With that being said, communicating ideas and plans was NOT an easy task. He explained that we were going for a short drive to a hostel near the site, and we would wake up early for sunrise. Next thing I know, I’m on the back of a motorbike for about an hour and we arrive at a small home stay way outside of town.
As we planned, we were up an hour before sunrise and we started to trek up the mountain towards a wonderful vantage point of Borobudur. My host kept pointing at something far off in the distance but I couldn’t quite figure out what he was trying to show me.
Fast forward to later that afternoon: After wandering around Borobudur for a few hours, I was absolutely exhausted. The Indonesian sun was merciless and I was definitely in need for some nasi goreng. He told me that he was going to take me to a church, I agreed and once again, we were off. The trail was entirely uphill and led into the jungle. We walked for about 20 minutes, I was hungry and drenched in sweat. I saw a giant blue and white structure appearing through the trees. I squinted a bit harder and it started to take the shape of a chicken. Was I starting to hallucinate?
Nope, within minutes I was standing in front of a massive prayer house taking the shape of a godly chicken in the middle of an Indonesian jungle. This is what my host was trying to explain to me and this was what he was pointing at earlier. A giant celestial yardbird.
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Crumbling structure… stairs held up by bamboo and the basement home to many bats….shambles…. ladders…. bird beak…. white-knuckling the bamboo railings……….jungle. OMG girl! You are entitled to any and all fears!! It all sounds so incredible!! Congratulations.