Volcanic Bromo Sunrise then Yogyakarta
Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
297Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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The drive to the bus swap over point was an hour and half just below bromo.
Paid again! 90,000 for both plus 25 each entrance fee, tried to explain we paid donnies friend baggio, but he knew nothing about it. Fuming and glad we didnt pay him the whole amount like he originally asked, we got in the jeep which then drove us up a pretty steep hill go the drop off point.
Walk for half an hour in dark up last bit
Watch the sunrise and volcano steaming, stunning views also quite cold
Back down with jeep to crater
Area looks like the moon and there's v fine sand like water.
Got horse up to steps at crater
Climbed final steps to crater edge which I only thin, but there is a huge hole where steam emerges, the hole looks like in star wars!
Back down to bus and then to nearby hotel for breakfast at 8.30.
As we drove back the hills outside were patterned with lines of crops. Not so much rice fields now, but corn and things that look like cabbages, flowers, and all manner of things I really can't put a name to. We briefly stopped to take a picture of a water fall, but this green was a distant contrast to the noon like surfaces we found round the flat crater around bromo.
11:41 Got the train to Surabaya first, 100km away. Only economy class this time.
14:24 Economy class was an experience, the train was packed full and that includes the entryway. I sat on my rucksack on the floor next to a family of mostly women who then kept giving me food
21:00 We got off at Surabaya and bought new tickets from there to Yogyakarta, first class again, for only 90,000 (5.80) for a 400km/ 5 hour train ride away! I'm appalled at how much our train tickets cost when you turn up at the counter, you can get a return ticket from Manchester to London for as little as £44 if you book at least 4 weeks in advance, but turn up on the day and that same ticket is £180!! But in all the other places I've been on a train, it's the same price regardless I think, or at least it's a realistic price. Just why DOES the price have to be so much on arrival?
Once we arrived at Yogyakarta at about 8,30 we were both knackered, we'd been up since 2am, and all we wanted was to fall into bed.
I'd sussed out from my lonely planet where the cheap homestay area was, just south of the bus station, so we headed there
Best: the sunrise at Bromo
Worst: the moments of being pissed off
Beautiful: sunrise from the top