The weekend after my mom went back to the Netherlands I unfortunately had to study.. Well, going out and study. Don’t have any pictures from that weekend though;)
However, the second weekend (early november) Franziska, Cecilie, Anh and me decided to go to Java and climb Mount Bromo and the Kawah Ijen. Seemed like a safe and good idea haha
We flew in the afternoon to Java, arriving at Surabaya airport which meant that we first drove a couple of hours to the miners family where we were staying the first evening.
This was where we stayed the first evening. Different conditions than a hotel or anything like what I was used to. However, our rooms turned out to be clean and nice:)
This was the toilet.. yep.. not my thing to be honest..
The first morning (actually night, 3.a.m.) we started walking up a small mountain to see the sunrise, which was an awesome view. The fire you see is from a nearby forest fire, which is pretty common on Java, the result is that there is almost no forest left..
This is the view we had on Mount Bromo. Did not look that high from here..
Around Mount Bromo everything was dust and sand, which forced you to cover your mouth and nose. Pretty rare view though..
When we finally reached the top (via the sand path instead of the tourist stairs of course) this was the view of the crater, which by the way did not have any security fence or anything.
This is Franziska and me, most of the nice pictures are made by her:) She is an awesome photographer and person, who I will definitely visit when I am back in Europe!
After all the sand, we decided to go to a waterfall in the village of our guide. Turned out we were the only “white” people and the only people not from the village. It took about 10 foto’s before we were allowed to go into the water haha.
The next day we went to the Kawah Ijen, this is an active volcano that has sulfer gasses steaming up every day. At night these gasses are blue, as you can see on the picture. We had to wear gas masks and goggles because of the heavy damps. This is by the way definitely recommendable since it really stinks and gives you a headache, if not worse.
Remarkably, the miners who still continue to work here for almost nothing a day, only wear a scarf to cover their mouth and nose. They carry around 70 kilos up and down the crater every day, breathing the toxic damps and constantly running the risk of falling down. There are no stairs or handles to hold on and most of the time you have to climb to get down and up the crater. If you are interested in their story, there is a documentary Franziska pointed out to me called “Workingman’s death” that tells the story about these miners.
It does look pretty..
And this brings me to the end of my blog today, since I am only staying in Singapore for another short week in which I have my last exam.. Time is really picking up its pace as all of a sudden I am about to leave my apartment in about a week!
On the 3th of dec I will be travelling to Myanmar, North-Thailand, maybe Laos and eventually to Cambodia to fly back to the Netherlands in the middle of January. Really looking forward to explore Asia a little further!
Credits of the pictures go to Franziska and Anh! They are way better with cameras than I am:)