Back to Java
Trip Start Nov 07, 2010
21Trip End Jan 22, 2011
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Where I stayed
It was really hot around early afternoon & we sweltered around & in the hotel pool - it had a (sort of) pool bar too but one that was cash only (who has cash in their swimming gear?)
In the evening we went to a local fish restaurant where little English was spoken - not sure what the fish was, but it was nice.
We are here to go Ijen. This is an active volcano which ejects molten sulphur - this then solidifies & the locals carry 80kg a time in bamboo baskets across their neck up from the crater & then down to the collection point 4km away - just think about it - my bag is 20kg. This is quite a feat & they get 600Rupiah a kilo which is about 4p & do 2 or 3 trips a day. The going rate for a photo is a cigarette although we traded in biscuits and water in the main.
We (without Liz) got to trek up 3km to 1km above the active crater which was a great sight as the clouds were clear up there. I'll upload some photos later.
This is a must do in this part of the world.