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Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo September 7th 2007

Getting to Mount Bromo promised to be a gruelling day's travel whichever way we did it so we opted for the least-hassle option, namely a minibus that would take us door to door. With all seats occupied, it was an uncomfortable 12 hour journey, with the aircon malfunctioning (and melting my chocolate supplies) and little in the way of interesting scenery. Progress was slow, courtesy of most roads only being 1 lane in each direction and the idea of town bypasses apparently not having caught on. Despite having been assured that the minibus would go straight to Mount Bromo with no stops or changes, we stopped at Probolinggo so that some of the other passengers could sort out their accommodation and then had to change to another minibus to get to Cemoro Lawang, the village nearest ... read more
LA Woman on the slopes of Mt Bromo
Mt Bromo
Cat heap

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo May 23rd 2007

Interesting bus journey to probolinggo, then change for cemoro lewang to get to mount bromo. local people mounting buses tying to sell stuff or get money (interesting to see the differences of how this is done in different countries) - here, they just throw it on your lap & come back hoping it convinced you to buy. i learnt the knack of avoiding buying anything very quickly, despite being western, yeay! many others hopping on, singing very loud songs with their little guitars & shaky things, making some kind of noise, often very badly off-key...gets a little painful after a while! arrived at mount bromo late evening. Up ridiculously early to see the sunrise - rode up on motorbike, watching the stars over the mountain - completely amazing, riding through the gorgeous scenery, wind sweeping over ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo March 4th 2007

The next stop after Gili Air was the large Indonesian island of Java. We finally landed in the sleepy little town of Cemoro Lawang overlooking Mount Bromo after two long days of buses and ferries. (A quick note about the ferries in Indonesia: I will never, ever be surprised to hear that yet another Indonesian ferry has sunk. Pretty certain that these are the cast-offs of countries that actually have safety standards. My friend noted at one point that the boats appeared to be held together by paint as much as anything. They take the expression "rust bucket" to a whole new level!) The ride up to Cemoro Lawang in the overloaded bemo (mini van bus) was a kick! It carries school kids home, takes villagers, veggies, coconuts, chickens, tanks of pesticides and whatever else from ... read more
Indonesian rust buckets
Bromo's smokey core
Bromo horses

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo November 27th 2006

We finally pulled into the Probolingo bus station at 10pm. We'd been told we'd arrive at 6. It had been a long and grueling day, battling heat, exhaustion, bus fumes, hunger and those intense, inquisitive stares. The bus had stopped off frequently along the roadside for the men to relieve themselves. The women had to wait for 8 hours, and even then the bus nearly left without us. But the biggest relief of all was to be there, wherever it was that we were. We had the name of a cheap hotel and the 'bemo' driver wanted to charge us 20,000 Rp to get there. The local price was 2,000 Rp. We finally managed to find a ride for 5,0000 Rp each and were taken to the wrong hotel. Inside they seemed to have made up ... read more
Looking down at Josh
At the rim of the crater
The 'good luck flower man'

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo May 5th 2006

Para ser sincera el anterior blog no lo puse en espanyol porque lo unico que hacia era quejarme. Despues de estar atrapados en Kuala Lumpur 8 dias, con un bloqueo mental de gran magnitud, finalmente volamos a Surabaya, en Indonesia y directamente nos fuimos a Bromo, bueno a un pueblecito en el medio de las montanyas al borde de Bromo. Bromo es uno de los tantos volcanes de Indonesia y es espectacular, dentro del crater hay tres crateres, uno de ellos monte Bromo. Para disfrutar el escenario es conveniente levantarse a las tres de la madrugada (viajar no es "estar de vacaciones") y andar mas de una hora en la oscuridad para poder disfrutar del amanecer en el volcan. El ambiente es extranyo, como una mezcla entre pelicula de miedo y de ciencia ficcion basada en ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Mount Bromo September 3rd 2005

We left Yogyakarta with a pinch of regret, it had been such a pleasant place to stay. But once again we were wanderers, new environments were ahead, and this thought also excited us. We learnt that there were six passengers in the minibus, but we were the first ones to be picked up and thus could secure the best seats. The second couple was picked up in Yogyakarta’s second tourist agglomeration close to the train station. But where was the third couple? The driver had some trouble finding them, looking for them all over the second place. After a couple of phone calls and further investigations it turned out that they were waiting in a hotel close to ours, so we speedily headed back, having in the meantime lost almost one hour of precious time. We ... read more
Waiting for the sunrise at 2,700 m
The first light
Here comes the sun




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