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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo November 20th 2015

I caught an early morning train from Yogyakarta yo to Probolinggo which is the town closest to Mount Bromo. I was so happy to be in a train (and it was the regular economy train too - nothing fancy!) as opposed to another bus that I didn't even care when the Indinesian lady across from me put her bare dirty feet on the seat beside me. It was a 9-hour trip through small villages and rice paddies and I listened to the entire Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book on audio book during the trip. It was very pleasant and I would certainly choose to ride the train over the buses here any day! I was picked up at the train station in Probolinggo with a couple from Poland and two girls from Singapore. ... read more
Mt Bromo at sunrise
The locals give tourists horseback rides up the crater at Mt Bromo
Mt Ijen crater and lake

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo August 15th 2014

We met the van in the morning and escaped from Kuta on the stupidly slow highway up the coast to Gilimanuk. This is where the ferry leaves from Bali to Banyuwangi on Java. The ferry ride is not much more than a puddle jump. There are a number of companies running back and forth with no obvious schedule or anything. The boats just get out into the harbour and jockey for position looking for an opportunity to get called into the dock. Once we got onto Java, the van rolled onto the city of Probolinggo before veering left into the hills towards the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The higher the climb the cooler the climate and the landscape started to change. It was a sharp change as the road was not only rising in elevation ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo April 29th 2014

Much like the uneven craters of Mount Bromo, our 3 day tour of the volcanic east exposed an eruptive display of emotional ups and downs and my what a physical toll. We were picked up from Yogyakarta before 8am and loaded into an 'executive class' van, obviously air conditioned...This crammed van was quickly filled with cases and 9 other fresh faced travellers (including the most techno, modern Monk I have ever met) and low and behold the A/C was a mere fan in the front seats permanently pointed downwards. The first 6 hours were perhaps the ultimate worst, sweat filling the van like a waterfall. I found myself motivating everyone with the phrase, 'the worst is over'. Boy was I wrong! The next 6 hours were more bearable, after the quick cello-tape DIY fix on the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo December 19th 2013

Mount Bromo, a Volcano steeped in history and legend. A volcano dug by a love struck ogre with nothing but a coconut shell. A land of hope for a Hindu people as the original wave of Islam broke across the Island. Indonesia's love for this awe inspiring area is so great that most of them have never even heard of Krakatoa or its perilous past. Set in the Sea of Sand, with the ever smoldering Mount Semuru in the background sits a large crater smoking ominously. Our first glimpse comes from above, as we stand on the terrifyingly high mountain Penanjakan. Dawn breaks and the sun casts light on the valley before us, showing a sea of fog and mist, from which the volcano rises eerily from. The scene is one, which despite all my previous ... read more
Light hits Bromo
Its true beauty is shown
One weary (and pissed off) traveller

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo July 13th 2013

Hello to all my followers, Today I had one of the best days and the coolest experience. I got to look in a volcano! Well it all started like this we rented a driver to take us to a volcano"Mt Bromo". It took us quite a bit of traveling to get there. Firstly a man took us in a 2 hour drive though the mountains to get to our destinaton which was a little village. We had a snack at the village and then we caught a jeep to Mt Bromo. We had a fair steep part to climb of the volcano and then we had to climb 250 stairs to the top to look inside of the volcano. It was pretty easy. Just before we went up the stairs we bought a bunch of flowers ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo June 21st 2013

Day 274 (Sat 8thJune) My minibus arrived at 9am and we headed away from Yogyakarta. There were I think 12 of us travelling on to Cewaro Lewang, a small town in the hills near Mount Bromo. The guide said this would be a 10 hour trip, so that being assumed we’d be there at 5pm. Luckily we had a large minibus and there was plenty of space although it doesn’t matter how much space there is, your ass still gets sore after constant sitting down and driving over speed bumps and potholes, off which Indonesia has plenty it seems, especially on some of the back roads we took. This method of getting there is awkward, one because you actually go sort of past where you need to go in the first place to turn back on ... read more
Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo May 9th 2013

We have been on the road over 7 months now and we are tired. Not tired of travelling, as we love it, but always trying to do things independently, or the cheapest way, or the local way, whilst rewarding, gets tiring sometimes. With less than a month to go until we go home we didn’t have the energy (or the time really) to do this next part of our trip on our own, so we opted for the dreaded traveller sin – a tour. In saying that, this ‘tour’ actually worked out almost the same price as if we had done it ourselves, but without any hassle and it all went to plan, if not better. It was actually a highlight of our whole trip so far… Since before we left home when we were researching ... read more
Start of a new day
Mt Bromo and friends

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo January 15th 2013

Yesterday I took a van ride for 14 hours from Yogyakarta to the foot of Mount Bromo, an active volcano in eastern Java. It's 2,329 metres tall, so not the tallest, but certainly one of the most visited. I made friends with a Dutchman along the way and we chatted for much of the ride. We arrived at our hotel around 9pm. Somehow we (having booked the same place) were at one hotel and everyone else was further up the mountain. We paid more. We found out later that our hotel was far better, being clean, and having luxuries like hot water, warm blankets, onsight restaurant, and locatable staff. We were up at 3:30am for our 3:40 pick-up time. One person in our group was late or overslept, but our jeep driver refused to leave him ... read more
Getting ready for sunrise
This is sunrise?
It's cold

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo September 27th 2012

Vi havde bestil en tre dags vulkan tur mens vi var paa Borneo. Her blev vi hentet af privat chaufoer kl 8.00 i Yogya. Turen startede lige med 12 timers koeretur gennem rismarker, skoen natur og elendige veje. Vi ankom til vores hotel op af vulkanen Bromo kl 20. Her fik vi lige lidt aftensmad som bestod af en pakke nudler mums, inden vi lagde os til at sove vi skulle op kl 03.15 for at vi kunne naa op paa toppen og se solopgangen. Og ja billederne taler vist for sig selv. Herefter gik turen videre i bil i 9 timer og vi ankom til nok verdens klammeste hotel kl 16. Efter en laekker frokost bestaaende af to chokolade boller hver og en pose chips, traengte vi lige til en laekker aftensmad bestaaende af en ... read more
ihh det er koldt men flot
op af Bromo krateret masser af aske
aktiv, sidste udbrud i 2010

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo July 28th 2012

after long hours in the car we finally reached our destination, cemoro lawang on the crater rim of bromo... read more
bromo at dawn
the stps up to bromo crater
bromo crater

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