Even when i travel i like my routines. Sometimes i travel back to places just to see some of the good people i met: so everytime i’m in Jogjakarta, i tell the taxi driver at the airport to drop me in Sosrowijaian, near Malioboro Road, and i come back home..!
This lovely guesthouse is runned by Mr. Ghandi and his wife, a very nice couple with 2 kids. They’re Christians, wich down here is quite an unusual thing.
Mr. Ghandi is very chilled: he’s a skinny man who takes life very easy. he likes to read his news in the morning and take several little naps during the hot Javanese days.
The house is set in a very cozy neighbourhood, few hundred meters from the train station and the main market. Despite its proximity with one of the busiest areas of the city, there’s alot of green around, and apart from thecall of the muezzin twice a day, one does’nt hear much noise round here.
The daily life runs smoothly: the locals gather around the corner where a little stall serves lotek, the delicious local salad wich is s javanese version of the Gado Gado.
Sitting on the spacious terrace upstairs, one can hear the happy children playing, and the ice cream cart ringing his bell.
Mr. Ghandi is always helpful and can give you free maps of the city plus precious tips whether you need him to organize some further trip or you wanna go by yourself.
The guesthouse used to be an art shop as well, and some of the traditional Javanese articrafts still hanging on the walls.
Some others instead, are personally decorated by the owner and put out in the entry..as a welcome for the guests..!!
Plus the guesthouse provides its guests with free coffee and tea 24 hours a day, and fruit salad in the morning.
Javanese coffee is delicious and needs its time to be drunk, as you need to wait for the powder to deposit on the bottom of the cup…
This is definitely an hard place to leave…