I think this day was one of my favourite days of the whole trip - so many interesting and exciting things to see and do!
We decided to begin by heading to the Sultans Palace - a piece of advice, if you are heading to the Sultans Palace you will be approached by all kinds of people telling you they work at the palace and its shut and they can take you to another entrance and a batik studio and various other things - they are trying to scam you! Just keep heading straight for the palace.
The people that create the puppets are paid by the Sultan to keep the craft alive and they explained to use how they create the puppets by carving buffalo skins and then colouring them. We were able to see the craftspeople work and were even able to look at both the shadow puppets and other puppets and masks up close. It was an amazing experience.
We decided to head to the underground mosque, which lead me to panic that I wouldn't be allowed to enter as I wasn't dressed appropriately for a mosque (I usually wear maxi dresses when I know I'm going to temples/mosques). It turns out though that there were no issues at all as any religious aspect to the mosque is long gone. We did however have trouble finding the entrance - but that was ok, as it gave us a chance to see some street art we may have missed out on otherwise.
We followed up the mosque with the water castle itself with out "guide" still in tow (we eventually got rid of him and we didn't pay him for the tour we told him numerous times we did not want).
We stayed for the first hours of the two hour performance - it was fun, but the performance was two hours long and in Indonesian.
That was it - the ninth day of our trip! One day I will learn how to relax on holiday.