Day 16 & 17: Road to Melang & the Bromo Volcano

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August 2nd 2015
Published: May 15th 2016
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On the road you see the most humorist ways of transport. And it is hard to make a picture without a scooter on it.
The Bromo Volcano is a volcano is still an active volcano. Sulphur Clouds are continues escaping out of the creator of the volcano, and the volcano is open for public. To reach the Bromo, you have to cross an unlikely landscape and dare to go on adventure on the very bad roads. But, before reaching this Volcano, three other attractions were waiting for us. But first, we had a travel day to Malang, where we encountered cakes and the smelly Durian fruit.

At the beginning of our 16th day, we were still In Yogyakarta. At 7 am, we left Yogyakarta, to make the first stop at 9:30 am at Monica’s Bakery & Restaurant. And guess what, you can taste here quite different cakes in the restaurant. O my, this was a feast for the eyes. All cakes were fresh made, handmade and detailed with good art. Not only this was a Bakery, it also was a sweet shop. You could buy a lot of sweeties, cakes and chocolate if you would. Some of them are handmade, other ones not and are made in the factory. The cakes do look quite good, but they are not all “sugarboms”. I
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On the road from Yogyakarta to Malang, and you would like to have something sweet? Stop here, and taste this cakes. They not only look great, they even taste great!
also tried one piece of cake. Also this cake looked nice, and it was not sweet. It did had some cheese influences on the side, but I am not sure if it really was cheese. The cream was nice soft, and the cake itself was very good. If you are on the way to Malang and want to make a good stop, do stop at Monica’s Bakery & Restaurant.

The travel days in East Java are quite long. The problem is that mostly heavy loaded trucks goes very slow and the bus cannot good overhaul them. Therefore, riding the roads in East-Java is not very nice. Also, you can come in quite long traffic jams and driving quite long in the dark. Therefore, I would suggest to drive with small cars, so you can overhaul them and gain more speed. Also, leave quite early in the morning. You encounter small towns and sometimes city area. You see quite often rice fields and no jungle. It is mostly flat, and sometimes you do see some mountains in the distance. But, the roads might be funny to watch. Sheep’s inside jeeps, scooters everywhere and trucks loaded such way they
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The Restaurant "Incha Oriental Tarzan Restaurant", was surrounded by rice fields. Local people were working on these fields.
might collapse any moment. Luckily, we do had time for lunch and we took our lunch at the Incha Oriental Tarzan Restaurant, where I ordered Nasi Goreng Special. This restaurant had probably the fastest hand-out time of all Restaurants in Indonesia I visited. Maybe the Restaurant in Ubud was faster, or hit the same time. It was good and the food was warm. The sambal was self made and I used a little bit to spice up the Nasi Goreng. The Restaurant was laying around the rice terraces. The local people were working on these fields and here we stood quite close by the terraces where we could make some great pictures.

What you also see besides the road are some shows with fresh fruits and drinks. One of those fruits is known as the Durian. The Durian is famous for its smell. Sadly for the fruit itself, the smell is horrible. But, the taste is very good. The horrible smell is caused by hydrogen sulphide, and the smell might been known as “rotten eggs”. A huge concentration of these gas can be poisonous. But, the smell is so horrible and so strong the Durian is banned

This is the durian, which should taste very delicious. However, the fruit stinks. No that is an understatement, the smell is horrible, and therefore the Durian is forbidden in many hotels and also our bus.
in most tourist places as in hotel, busses and airplanes. The Durian fruit is named to the Durian three, reaching almost a height of 40 meters. The leavens might get 30 cm long, and contain hairy, gold coloured scales on the under site of the leave. The Tree is growing in South-East Asia, especially you can find them much in the Moluccas. In Borneo they do have fruits which are closely related to the Durian. Due its taste, the Durian is known as “The King of the Fruits”. The Fruit from the Durian itself is coming from the flowers, which might grow from 3 to even 30 pieces on the brands. The fruit coming from this flower is 15 to 30 cm long and can gain an average weight of 8 km. You can recognise the Durian to the skin. The Durian looks frightful due the fact the skin contains spikes. When the Durian is cut open, you see that it contains out of 5 fruit chambers. Inside this cambers you find a seed of 6 cm of length. Around these seeds, you see a heavy cream in a crème to dark yellow colour, known as arils. And the arils
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Here, we had a great sight on the sunset.
are known for its good taste. Sweet and aromatic. An these Arils cause also the smell. We made a stop by one of these small shops which had a Durian. Bob, our travel leader told us we could taste the Durian, but no one was allowed to bring one in the bus and in the hotel. Even not in a closed bag, because the smell can also occur through the bags. And, even if you remove the fruit, it is very hard to get rid of this smell. Therefore, we made this stop, so we could taste the Durian, without taking the fruit in the bus. The salesman opened one Durian and we could taste a little bit. As the salesman described, the fruit should be one of the best fruits that we should try and eat. However, I have to disagree with him. I think the taste was not that special, and tasted like onion. It was ok, but not that good as expected. And with this opinion, the group split in two. There were more people who shared my opinion, and there were also a lot which agreed that this fruit was one of the best they ever
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This man is cutting onions. The local people do live a poor live here.
had. And, the Durian started to smell a little bit. Therefore, the group ate the Durian and left the leftovers by the salesman.

Back in the bus, the landscape slowly changed. We left the flat country roads and the almost endless rice fields, and the road load us to the jungle roads in the mountains. Many hairpins were taken. However, the trucks also drive at these ways and they are over loaded, which means you drive oft quite slow and you still cannot overhaul them. We passed many poor towns and we made a fast toilet stop. At the side of the way, we saw a man cutting the onions. The houses were build close by the ravine, and here you could downwards to the lowest point to look over the ravine. The Sunset was getting in, so it was a good point to make some pictures. You could see the local people were poor and the houses were not build in good statue. I was asked to have a small look in the kitchen run by the woman of the family. They did not speak English so it was hard to communicate them. They do live
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I was invited to have a small look in the kitchen. It is small and the houses are made from a bad quality. A lot of people are living in these small houses.
with a lot of people inside these houses. It is sad to see that these people live in sad conditions where other people on the island, especially in the west, live in very good circumstances. Of course, not all people of the West Java do live in those good circumstances, but in East Java you will see more poverty. When we left, it did not took long before we stood quite long in a traffic jam. Waving children at the side of the road made it a little bit nicer. But we arrived quite late in our hotel, in Malang. It was the Atria Hotel & Conference Malang, were I had room 611. Because we were hungry, we went to the Pizza Hut to order some pizza’s which we shared. Then, it was time to sleep.

From Malang, most excursions to the Bromo Volcano starts. Tourism was always important for the city at least the last 300 years. During the Dutch VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compangie, i.e. United East Indian Company) time European and Dutch citizens visited the city due it’s mild climate. The city became also known as the “Paris of East Java”. Malang is a big
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I did not expect to see this Dutch friends. This cow race is highly used in the Netherlands due it's famous high milk production ability. As development project to poverty reduction from the Dutch government, they gave a lot of these cows to the Island of Java.
city, and with a population of almost one million inhabitants, it is the second largest city of East Java. The economy is growing and therefore the population is growing also as well. Archaeologist found out how old the city was, due the Dinoyo inscription dating from 760 AD. During this time, the reign was in hands of King Gajayana. This king stated that the birth of the city was at 28 November 760 AD.

As written, today, the excursion of the Bromo starts. To reach the Volcano, or even the National Park Bromo Tengger Semeru, you need a permit and this permit you only can reach by booking an excursion. You can do multiple treks in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, or visit the Bromo by a day excursion. In the morning, you have a Bromo Sunset excursion which you can do. Malang is the one of two primary city’s where all these excursions starts. There are multiple excursions which you can book, but we had a combine excursion day, which longs all day. In the afternoon we should visit the Bromo Volcano and climb it. However, before reaching to volcano we had three minor visits.
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This female employee is washing the beans. This is the third step of in total 8 steps of producing these Rice Cake Factory. The employee is standing in the water and is washing the, already peeled beans. After this step, the beans are cooked for the second time and dried, before they can been further processed.
The first excursion was the visit of the Soya Factory where they make Soya Rice Cakes. The second was a temple Keadaan Candi Jago Tahun which you could climb to the top. The third was a waterfall, where you had to hike a 1 km trail to reach it. This trail is really great to do. After visiting this waterfall, we took a soup for lunch and then we reach to the Bromo. The way to the Bromo itself is already an adventure. Curious? Read on!

We drove to a small Soya Rice Cake Factory. It was a very small factory and in total, probably 15 people are working at this factory. The funny fact was, on the factory ground they had some cows. These cows are typical Dutch cows, the race is the Holstein-Friesian bred in the Netherlands. This race is quite popular in the Netherlands and the rest of the world, due the high milk production of the cow. The Dutch government donated a lot of these Dutch cows as a development project to fight poverty. Then, we got introduced to the factory. It was quite hot inside and the people are working quite hard
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The second last step of producing the Soya Rice Cakes is to cut them. With a sharp, long knife, the employees are able to cut the cakes very thin and it is a wonder who fast they are able to do this. After this step, they are been fried.
and long in this factory. In the Netherlands you are not allowed to work in this situations due our employment legislation and laws. The Soya Rice Cakes are made from soya beans. The legume contains around 20% fat and 35% protein. Therefore soya is popular as soya milk and soya products, mostly used by vegans due the fact the soya is a plant based and not coming from animals. To make the Soya Rice Cakes, the soy beans goes through a process of 8 steps.

1. Cooking: the beans are cooked in a huge sort of “pan” with hot water. The beans are added, stirred and cooked. During the cooking, the beans are multiple stirred.

2. Peel: the beans are peeled via a small machine. The machine looks like triangle, where the largest part of the machine is above. The complete basket of beans is added to the machine and the basket is than putting below the machine. With a small motor, the machine is working and the beans falls through the triangle, and during this process, their skin is removed and they getting peeled. When getting peeled, the beans are falling back in the basket and when
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This is the temple, dating out1280 AD. The temple was build to honour the King Singasari IV of the Singhasari Kingdom.
all beans are peeled, the basket is transported (by hand and carrying on the shoulder) to the next process step.

3. Washing: The beans, without skin, are being washed. A employee is standing in the water, which coloured a little bit white and has a basket in her hands. With techniques, she keeps the beans in the basket, and is washing/flushing the dirt of the beans.

4. After the washing process, the washed and peeled beans get cooked again. This happens in a second “pan”, but the process is the same as written in the first step.

5. Drying: The beans are wet, and before they can pack them in rolls, the beans have to dry. Huge baskets of beans are standing, in the middle of the factory, for drying. They are dried for over one day, to be sure that the beans are complete dry and do not contain moisture for packing them in rolls.

6. Packing in rolls. The soya beans are than packed in rolls and also stored. These rolls are around 20 cm high and around 10 cm width. The reason they pack the dried beans in these rolls is that they
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The best thing at this temple was, you can climb it and standing on the top.
can cut the slices better. The rolls are stored and the colour is changing to a white colour and it from a distance it looks like a complete roll of Soya Rice Cakes.

7. Cutting: When the rolls are dried and ready, they can been cut into very small pieces. This is happening quite fast and it is a wonder the employees are not cutting themselves. The knife is very sharp. The knife is around 40 cm long and on the end it is shaped to the top. The employees is pushing on top of the rolls and than cutting them in very small pieces, probably around 5 mm thick. This happens quite fast and all pieces are small.

8. Baking: The small pieces are baked. First, they are put in a basket with flour and then they are fried in hot oil. The woman is frying them in a pan with hot oil, baking and wok, until they are coloured a little bit brown. Then, she takes them out. She offered us some cakes to taste, and it taste very good. Hereafter, the packing process find place, but we did not saw this process.

You are
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Me standing on the top.
able to buy these Soya Rice Cakes directly on the factory. This excursion was really nice to see how the local people are working and producing Soya Rice Cakes, which are famous in this area.

It was not a long drive to visit the single standing temple Keadaan Candi Jago Tahun. Most people were standing around, making some photo’s to find out that Bob was gone. And suddenly, he showed up, popped up is the better way to describe it. On the top of the temple. It was allowed to climb this temple, so let’s go. The temple is laying in the small town of Tumpang and also known as Temple Tumpang. The original name of the temple is Jajaghu. The king Singasari Wisnuwardhana was practising Shiva Buddhism, a mix between Hinduism and Buddhism. Shiva Buddhism is coming out of the Singhasari Kingdom during the reign of king Singhasari. The building of this temple was performed in 1268 to 1280 AD, to honour the King Singasari IV, also known as Sri Jaya Wisnuwardhana. The temple itself is safe to climb, although the condition how it looks is not that nice as the Prambanan and the Borobudur. The
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The trail to the Coban Pelangi, or the Waterfall, is a great, small hike of 1 km, where you have to cross this bridge. Yes, and it is stable.
reliefs are not in that good state. This is a nice stop to climb the temple for some adventure if you would like to.

We drove to an area where we had to change over to the jeeps. Before getting into the jeeps, there was a possibility to visit a waterfall, known as the “Rainbow Waterfall”, or in Indonesian “Coban Pelangi”. If you are luckily, you might see a small rainbow is forming down below of the waterfall, and therefore it thanks it’s name. The waterfall is nice to see, but do you know what is even nicer? The hike through it. It is a decent (and on the way back you have to climb up), and it is around 1 km. Through the decent, the path is easy, so it is not dangerous. If you are easy on your foot you can do this trail. It is not a hard trail, and even the kids will like it. Also, the length is not that much. For me, the trail could be a little bit longer, but this 1 km was probably one of the best 1 km I ever hiked. It was like a forest, everywhere
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The trail to the Coban Pelangi Waterfall is good to do. It has a length of 1 km, and you have to decent the way down and climb the way back. As you see, the paths are in good condition and the surroundings are so great.
was green. You cross the river, formed by the waterfall, and to reach the waterfall you had to cross. No, not with your feet, but with a bridge. The architecture of this bridge was great. I like the bridge which is really blending in with the nature. Maybe, the bridge did not looked stable and not everyone dared to cross, but it was stable. After around 1 km, we arrived this waterfall and it is really great. You cannot come very close, due a small low fence, but still you can get wet if you like to. The waterfall itself is beautiful, it is hard to see actually the rainbow, so it is not granted you can see the Rainbow. If you see, it is special, but if you do not see it, you still see a great waterfall. The height of the waterfall is ca. 30 meters. This place and the trail is visited by multiple, local tourists, so you are not alone. But, it is not very busy, so still this is a great place to see. During the hike, you see nature, you hear nature and it is silent. The paths are good and you have good
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You can hear the Coban Pelangi waterfall, also known as the "Rainbow Waterfall", from some distance. After the small trail, which gives you also great sights, this is the beautiful end. Oh and than you have to walk back, which is not a punishment at all.
sights. You hear the waterfall around 200 to 300 meters, and then it is somewhat silent. A way down is around 15 minutes of walking, where the climb back is around 20 minutes. Some parts of the climb might be a little bit hard but if you used to walk and hiking, this would be not a problem. You can combine this waterfall with visiting the Bromo, just as I did. I do not know if this waterfall is actually also belonging to the Bromo Tennger Semeru National Park, but some other waterfalls do belongs to this beautiful park.

Before getting in the jeeps, we took a small chicken soup. From here, we went in the jeeps. Here, the trail to the Bromo Volcano is not able with normal cars, but you do need a jeep with 4x4. The roads are in bad condition, and that might be an understatement. Driving your own is not recommended. But first, the road was ok, and we stopped beside the road. At this side of the road, it was possible to breed potatoes. The climate is good to breed potatoes and a lot of people are working here on the

We stopped at the side of the road, founding some fields were the local people are able to breed potatoes due the climate.
fields. We encounter some man, which ware weighting the bags of potatoes. And, those bags where heavy. That is why they have to carry it with 2 persons to bring it in the car, because one bag is 90 kg. They sell it on the side of the road, and therefore they load the bags with a lot of weight. However, the transport from the field to the side of the road is performed by – guess what – a scooter. Small, descent and climbing roads from sand are made to the side of the road where the scooters are bringing the potatoes to the sales man. There, the two man will weigh the potatoes and carry them in the car/jeep.

On the road! What was that an adventure. Just reaching the Bromo itself, the road was defiantly an adventure itself. Oh my. You encounter holes in the ground. And, not the holes you probably think you find. These holes might be more than one meter deep. In fact, you are driving a little bit on a sand, rock road and when a piece of rock is broken or suddenly stop, you bump in one of these

Bags, full of potatoes are sold to salesman besides the (big) road. The potatoes are put down in huge bags and transported from the fields by scooter. Two man, both salesman will weigh the potatoes, and after weighting carrying them in the car. And they need to do it by two people, because one bag can reach a weight up to 90 kg!
big holes. You cannot make much speed, and you have to hold yourself good tight, because even if you do, you are shaking through the car. I sat in front and this was so great. I saw these big holes and the adreline is rushing through you. A lot of people cannot drive a car or a 4x4 jeep in this landscape and these roads, so the local people which can do are trained on these roads. Therefore, you are not allowed to drive here yourself. Because, this is already part of the National Park Bromo Tengger Semeru. You need a permit for visiting this park. If you book a tour to the Bromo and or the park, you will get this permit. This permit has also to do with safely. This volcano is active and Sulphur Clouds are escaping out of the creator. When, the volcano might been burst out or is close to it, the Indonesian government knows how many people are in the area and can evacuate these people. Therefore, you need permits. Without the permits the government does not know how many people there are in the area and the changes to find them all is
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The Road to the Bromo Volcano is a big adventure like this. The road was very bad as you can see here. I tried to make a sharp picture, but it shaking this much in the 4x4 jeep it is almost impossible. This was the best shot. And, the road even was getting worse.
quite hard. The landscape itself looks surreal, especially when you reached the Tennger Massive/ the area of the Bromo Volcano. This due the landscape caused by a “sand sea”. Most people do call these “sand sea” landscape like a Landscape of the Moon, or a Landscape of mars. It is a desert, where the wind is wiping through sand and making sand dunes. There is almost no vegetation. The best known Parks which do have sand sea’s is the Sahara, in Algaria. But the Sand Sea here, has a name, the “Tengger Sand sea”, named to the ancient Tengger Volcano. The Sand sea is caused by a Caldera. In volcanic terms, this means a huge volcanic crater is formed and the magma chamber is collapsed. In the magma chamber, the magma is stored, and due the force of the huge eruption, it collapsed. And this is mostly occurring due very huge explosive eruptions. And with very huge I mean very very huge. You do not want to be in this area when that is happening. With such a blast, the complete magma chamber is emptying completely. The park does not only have volcano’s, but you also encounter lakes and 50
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The landscape, inside the Bromo Tennger Semeru National Park, is known as the Tennger Sand Sea of Tennger Massif. The Tennger was first a volcano, but a very huge eruption caused that the magma chamber collapsed and the Sand Sea Massif was formed. Out the Tennger Volcano, 4 new volcano's were born and the Bromo is one of them.
rivers. It contains 5,250 hectares of nature art. The “Sand sea” is an area from this park, but it not is stretching out the complete park. The complete park does contain a lot of other nature arts like waterfalls and forest. The Average attitude of the Sand Sea is 2100 meters and the highest point of this park is Mount Semeru at 3,676 meters and even the highest point of Java. This park 2 Volcano Complexes, but it’s named to the three most populair Volcano's; Bromo, Tennger and Semeru. During a huge eruption of the Tennger Volcano, the Tennger Sand sea was created. With his eruption, the volcano “died” in fact, and formed a massif. It seems like a little bit re-incarnation, because due this eruption, 4 new Volanco’s were formed. One of them is the famous Bromo. Therefore, the Tennger is also known as the Tengger Massif. It does contain 5 Volcano’s. Let’s name them. In this list, I will start with the Volcano with the lowest attitude in height.

1. Bromo Volcano (2329 m) - Active

2. Batok Volcano (2470 m) – Non active

3. Kursi Volcano (2581 m) – Active

4. Widodaren Volcano
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This is the sight when you climb to the crater of the Bromo Volcano. You have a good sight on the Tengger Sand Sea massif. The landscape looks surreal, if you are standing on the moon.
(2650 m) – active

5. Watangan Volcano(2661 m) – Active

As you can see, all Volcano’s are active in this area, except the Batok Volcano. Due her fertile ground, she is currently covered by threes and vegetation. In the south of the park, you can find another Volcano complex, known as the Semeru Group, or the Jambangan Group, and here you find Mount Semeru at 3676 meters of height. Especially, in this forest area you find many rivers, which are former lava lines from the Mount Semeru. The volcano’s belonging to the Semeru Complex can be quite productive, due lava and volcanic ash. These Volcano’s belongs to the Sermu Complex group, starting with the lowest attitude.

1. Gentong Volcano (1951 m)

2. Langang Volcano (2313 m)

3. Keduwung Volcano (2334 m)

4. Malang Volcano (2401 m)

5. Ayek-Ayek Volcano (2819 m)

6. Pangonan Cilik Volcano (2833 m)

7. Jambangan Volcano (3020 m)

8. Kepolo Volcano (3035 m)

9. Mount Semeru (3676 m)

If you are interested in Volcano’s, Indonesia is probably a dream destination. In this park, you find a lot of
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Another sight on the Tennger Sand Sea, this time from the crater of the Bromo Volcano. The Bromo Tennger Semeru National Park does not only contains this kind of landscapes. It even does have a second Volcano Complex, as the Semeru Volcano Complex southwards. The landscape over there is more fertile with forest and many rivers.
them. Also on Bali you might find great volcano’s. If you do have enough time, you can do a trial here through the park. You might do not can come quite close to the volcano’s in the South.

Today, I only will visit the Bromo. I do not have time for the rest of the park and the other Volcano’s, but I was happy I could visit the Bromo and climb it. The Bromo is the real Volcano I saw that close in my live. It is also the first Active Volcano, and the Volcano I climbed to the crater. That is pretty awesome huh? And it was. The trail to the Volcano is probably not suitable for everyone. It is a good climb. Is it suitable for kids? Not for too small kids. The first part is doing able. It gives you great sights, so you have good excuses to stop (photo stop!). But, then, the hard work is coming. 200 meters of horror. It is a stair. Climbing a stair might be easy, but not this stairs of 200 meters. I climbed it and it was a climb. And then, you are suddenly there and... o it
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This is the Bromo Crater. Sulfur Clouds are escaping, and therefore the volcano is known as "Active".
stinks! That is my first reaction: it stinks! This is due the smell of the Sulphur Clouds, which escaping from the crater. It smells like rotten eggs. O my, the smell. Luckily, after some time, you get accustomed to the smell. You cannot come very close to the crater, luckily. A wooden fence is blocking your way. From here, you have good sight to see the clouds escape out of the crater. You cannot actually look inside the crater. Due the form of the crater, it goes down and the many white clouds escaping make it hard to spot inside. And here, you might find a way to find luck. You can buy here a flower. If you are able to throw it inside the crater, it will bring you luck. I tried it, and like many flowers it got stuck on the slope down. Probably it might fall over time in the crater. This place is awesome. Just look at the nature standing on top. The area of the Sand Sea, which looks like your standing on the moon. The Volcano itself. The volcano is still active, and it led to some eruptions in the last years. In the
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This picture is made from the Tennger Sand Sea Massif. The Bromo is the Volcano where the clouds are escaping from. Right you see the Batok Volcano.
end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, the Bromo was active and it was blocked for tourist in a radius of 2 km. At 23 November 2010, the Volcano was scheduled as “Alert”. It was noticed that Volcanic earthquakes appears in the Volcano itself and the harmonic tremor. A harmonic Tremor is mostly an infrasonic energy, associated with the underground momevemnt of magma and the venting of the gasses formed by the hot magma. 27 January and 28 January 2011, the volcano erupted a volcanic ash plume. Therefore it is so awesome you can climb on the Bromo Volcano, because he is still active and you cannot be sure when he really get’s in the status “alert”.

After getting down, we went to our hotel the Bromo Cottages. I had Room 611. When having a budget hotel in the Bromo, please consider the prices are high, you do not have access to (much) warm water, the electricity is poor and wifi? What do you think? No of course. Therefore, the hotel was so awesome? Why? Their elevator is so awesome. It is an funicular. The hotel was build against a down slope, and therefore,
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Why an elevator if you can build a funicular?
they build an funicular to reach the hotel rooms down. The funicular was slow, but you also could go by feet. The hotel rooms, as small houses, in this park are really nice to get by feet, but with a bag it is easier to take the funicular. It takes quite a long time, so with a long group it takes much time. Therefore, a lot of people prefer to walk. But, when you are in hotel, you should defiantly use the funicular at least once. If you are booking a hotel like this, you do not have an option to go out for dinner. You are forced to eat here in the hotel restaurant. Therefore, I ordered a burger and it was from good quality. Keep in mind with your budget that the prices around the Bromo are very expensive. And that has a reason, because transporting food and drinks is quite expensive. Tomorrow, I will see the Bromo again, due the Sunet. Then we will leave Java and go to our last island, Bali. We will leave the Bromo with her non-stop Sulphur clouds, we will leave Java with her country live to Bali, which also does feel like another country. In Bali you find the Hindu atmosphere which is forming the totally atmosphere of the Island.


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