... to Java
05.09.2009 25 °C
Hello from Java!
First of all - if any of you heard about the earthquake in Java, don't worry we are fine and until we got emails and texts from relatives, didn't even know it had happened!!
So if we go back a few days.....we got a sleepover bus from Lovina to Probolingo in Java which wasn't too bad a journey. We left Lovina at 6.30pm and a couple of hours later we were inside the bus on the ferry for the short crossing to Java. Once we arrived at our destination, many hours later, we realised how different Java was from Bali and Lombok...there you cannot move for taxi drivers but when we arrived at Probo at 1.30am there was just one little man trying hard to sell us massively expensive package tours to see the volcanoes. We eventually shared a taxi there with 2 polish boys that had also been on the bus with us and arrived in Cemoro Lewang at about 3am. We bargained the room rate down considerably seeing as it was some stupid hour of the morning and went straight to bed!
The next morning we met a couple at breakfast (Phill and Himma) and got chatting to them, we ended up spending the day with them on a crazy adventure on 2 scooters! First we attempted to ride down to one of the volcanoes, however the ground made this pretty impossible as it was deep sand so we decided to head to a waterfall that the others had spotted a sign for the day before.....it ONLY took 2 hours and lots of 'it's only 5km further' from LOTS of locals that we asked along the way. Anyway we did find it in the end and it was well worth it, once again it was a matter of shoes and socks off as we had to cross the water many times. We also had to use giant leaves as umbrellas as we walked right underneath it on occasions.
By the time we got back it was very cold as we were high up in the mountains (where volcanoes like to live!) we had an early night as we had to get up at 3am the next morning to meet Phill and Himma to take a jeep up to Penanjakan to watch the sunrise over the Bromo region (a vast, ancient volcanic crater which is still active). The sky was looking pretty cool while one of the volcanoes continued to smoke and fill the sky. We may have taken 5 or 6 (hundred) photos ;-p Once the sun rose we then got the jeep to the volcanoes and climbed to the top of the active volcano, Bromo - it was a hard climb with many people all doing the same journey and it really stank at the top but the views were great.
So after that we had breakfast and set off once again for pastures new....