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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo September 21st 2010

Day 74 Yogyakarta to Cemorolawang (Wed 15th Sept) Early start at 0600 this morning with a packed breakfast again. We left Matt behind to try to find his washing and catch us up at our next stop. The days travel was uneventful and long. The last couple of hours we were going steadily uphill. In the end we had to leave our coach and load everything onto 2 minibuses to get up the mountains to our next stop, which is right beside Mt Bromo (volcano). We watched the sun set as we made our way up the steep roads and I could understand why we couldn’t come up in the coach. The views were spectacular though. It even managed to get a bit chilly here, due to the altitude. It was full dark by the time ... read more
Sunrise 2
Mt Bromo 2
Mt Bromo

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo June 11th 2010

Luxe! een middelbare-school vriend van Erica woont en werkt in Java, hij heeft zijn eigen meubel industrie met fabrieken in verschillende locatie's in Java en heeft ons uitgenodigd voor een bezoek, wat uitgelopen is tot een verblijf van 3 dagen in een luxe appartement met geweldig uitzicht en zwembad. Eindelijk werden onze kleren uitgewassen door bedienden wat uiteindelijk gestreken op ons bed lag te wachten om vervolgens nooit meer in aanraking te komen met warm water en zeep. Elke dag zijn we drie keer uit eten gegaan waar ik een waar culinair hoogtepunt heb mogen bereiken, voor Anka werd de vegetarische Indonesische keuken ontbloot en eindelijk werden de onverklaarbare gerechten ontcijfert door Reina (de vrouw van Oscar). Gado gado is de nieuwe hamburger voor ons leken uit de lokale keuken. Helaas, Aan al dit westerse toilet, ... read more
Holy smoke
Anka in haar Ying-Yang
Mt. Bromo trail

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo March 22nd 2010

The train journey from Yogyakarta to Surakarta (Solo as its known) took an hour and cost around 50p. It was fairly uninteresting except for the western-style trolley service which despite all of our train travel, we have yet to see outside of England on trains in Thailand and India, individual sellers come along offering everything from rice to pressed & dried squid served on big popsical sticks. We only had one night to spend in Solo so decided we'd see a bit more by walking the 2km from the station to the town centre with our backpacks. The heat was reminiscent of India but otherwise it was a nice walk watching people go about their daily lives. Very few people come to Solo, favouring Jogja which is shame as it a very authentic Javanese city. We ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo March 10th 2010

It was in the middl eof the night when we (7 peeps) went from Malang heading to Bromo mountain by jeep. At first, we all kinda nervous and felt something wasn't so sure with the driver but we kept on going. On our way going up to the mountain, our jeep stopped while the driver pay some entrance taxes for us. It was on sloppy road, and really really high.. In sudden, we're just awake from sleep, we could feel that our car slowly runnind down the hill with uncontrolable. And all of us ( more female than male :P) kept shouting and screamed the driver's name. Nothing stop the jeep and we just freely running down that dark and sloppy high road. Until the jeep steer turn to right and we crashed a small guardian ... read more
almost sunrise while I was sitting on toilet :)
people gave up for the fogging sunrise
watch our step out of the horse shit

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo December 22nd 2009

Until now - Java had remained a mystery to me. The most populous island of one of the world's most populous countries, home of coffee, volcanoes and a programming language. With only 9 days planned, a route from Yogjakarta to Bali emerged, I'd forsake diving for volcanoes, what with the rainy season in this part of the world the underwater world would be choppy and murky anyway. Luckily - I was treated to some unseasonably clear and dry weather for the volcano trips, the hawkers selling hats, scarves and rain jackets weren't having so much luck. With so little time, I joined a tour. One sold by a cheap hotel in Yogjakarta - I have no idea how it compares to other tours in Java - but it was a series of small disappointments with hotels, ... read more
Semeru in the distance, Bromo smoking in the foreground
Semeru and Bromo

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo November 8th 2009

25 October 2009 - 27 October 2009 TRANSPORT: Surabaya to Probolinggo by train--Rp 50,000 (2 hours) Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang (Bromo) by bus--Rp 25,000 (2 hours) HOTEL: Cemara Indah Resort--Rp Right on the edge of the huge Tenggera caldera, the only major upside is the view. Rooms are ok, albeit a bit on the pricey site, but it isn't the warmest place (both in terms of temperature and personality). The staff are downright rude and you'd be better off eating (and maybe staying) somewhere else! Sardines? Read on.... Setting off from Jogyakarta we started our journey to Mount Bromo in East Java. We took a train for 5 and half hours to Surabaya, Indo's second city, to break our journey up for the night. Surabaya is a pretty nondescript city, what you would expect from a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo August 22nd 2009

As we said we had shunned the tourist bus trip to Mt Bromo in favour of doing it ourselves for less money so we had a target to reach and there was no way we were going to be beaten! Our night train from Yogya reached Surabaya at 7am, from there we needed to get to Probolinggo, the nearest main town to the Mount Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. From the station we got a bemo which we thought would take us to the main bus station but he clearly had other ideas and we were dropped in the middle of nowhere with him just pointing to another road and us having no idea what he was trying to tell us. Thankfully there was a policeman on a pedestal directing traffic so we waved him down with no ... read more
Volcano Group in Gunung Bromo - Tengger - Semero National Park
Horse man
Sophie on Bromo Rim

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo August 15th 2009

(Day 498 on the road)From Yogyakarta, I opted to take a direct minibus to the magnificent Bromo volcano in eastern Java. The twelve hour journey was exceptionally boring, which was mostly due to the four other people in the minivan, two French couples. None of them spoke much English (one guy didn't speak any English at all), and barely enough for the most basic of conversations. I am not a native English speaker myself, but English really is THE language to speak when you are travelling. And when you don't speak English you are typically quite isolated from everybody around you, as you can only talk with people from your own country, which takes away an importaant aspect of travelling (meeting people from other cultures and backgrounds). Whilst I am on that topic: The French are ... read more
Laotian Pasir - the Sand Sea - below Bromo
At the base of Bromo
Gunung Bromo ridge

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo March 25th 2009

d 67 25/03/09 Wake up early to leave Ubud and go over to Java and to see a volcano. Unfortunately the journey takes allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day but not to worry we have banana pancake inside us. Taxi to Denpasar...a hundred men greet us and try to help us decide which bus to get ...ah memories of India...not sure they all work there and keep laughing at us and talking in Indonesian clearly about us....SIIICKK!! then we embark on the longest journey ever 9 1/2 hours on a sweaty uncomfy local bus which again very bumpy..not sick bumpy but close. Toilet on board yuk gross squatting toilet with wetness everywhere stinking of urine and other excrement great..canNOT wait for western clean toilets. ferry inbetween Bali and Java...get to watch all the colourfully decorated celebration boats for hindu new ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo December 27th 2008

The morning call was at 3.30am to catch the sunrise at Gunung Penajakan (2770m) with Bromo on the foreground and Mount Semeru puffing black smock at the background. There were at least close to 70 jeeps racing to the Penajakan II viewpoint. As there were too many jeeps, some had to park at the road side and we had to walk to the submit. It was a tiring 30 minutes uphill walk with fairly steep trail. Some visitors choose to be ferried by ojeks. There were times when I felt like giving up because I have not fully recover from the sickness that I had a few days ago, I couldn’t breath and my knees were shaking so badly when I finally reach the submit. The view from the submit was breathtaking albeit the amount of ... read more
Horses ferrying visitors up and down the crater
The black sand sea at Mount Bromo

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