2009/05/08&09 - Ijen
Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
58Trip End May 13, 2009
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We arrived before sunset, so went for a walk to a very powerful waterfall and after that went to an outdoor bath that had hot water from a natural hot spring. It was very hot, but bearable. The next morning, we got up at 4:30am for yet another sunrise tour. The breakfast was chocolate sprinkle sandwiches with a boiled egg. Bread and egg has been common for free breakfasts in Asia, but chocolate sprinkles?
The minibus ride to Ijen was another bumpy ride, and we set off on a three kilometre walk up to the rim of the mountain. Ijen is a volcanic crater that has filled part of the way up with water, and is a rich source of sulphur, with mines inside the crater, and many workers carry the cut sulphur down the mountain on their backs, up to eighty kilos, several times a day!
During the day, I practiced my Italian with a couple from Bergamo, which was a welcome experience for me as they were the first Italians I had met on my whole trip. Northern Europeans have been very common, with Swedish, German, Dutch and French in plentiful supply, but southern Europeans have been sparse.