I lost my volcano virginity in Indonesia. The amazing scenery makes the Bromo trip is a must-do, if you ask me.
One of the first things I remember is the fact that I puked my guts out at the viewpoint at 5 o’clock in the morning. 8 people crammed in 5 car seats, pitch dark winding roads, the unreasonably early departure time and the overdose of Indonesian stuffed chocolate pancakes of the night before, might have had something to do with it… Let’s say the 4×4 ride towards the mountain top wasn’t that comfy.
A big group of people was silently waiting for the sun to rise. You could taste the anticipation in the air. Everybody had his camera ready for attack, like soldiers ready for battle. Suddenly the sky changed color, as if you could slowly feel the globe rotating. When the sun finally came up, people started cheering. This was a magical moment.
If you’re lucky and it’s not too cloudy, you see the volcano arise in the first strokes of dawn.
The second stage of the trip brought us to the foot of the volcano. We walked the steep stairs towards the ridge of the Bromo (the first bit of sport I did in months). The views were spectacular, the smells quite ‘eggy’ :). We climbed the ridge to get a better view of the pit.
I secretly hoped for some lava, but there was no orange blubber in sight. We were quite surprised there were absolutely no safety regulations. “Too boring and expensive”, the officials must have thought. I could have jumped in the crater, if I’d wanted to. This actually made the whole trip even more exciting.
It was a magnificent place to be that early in the morning. The views were amazing. I can highly recommend this trip. It’s a bit touristy, but that’s no wonder since the scenery is this spectacular. We would’ve loved to visit the Ijen volcano complex too, but we were about the meet friends in Bali and there was not enough time left. This complex seems to be even more impressive.
Funny flashback: our driver had an exotic taste for sandwiches. He fed us slices of bread with a combination of strawberry jelly, chocolate sprinkles and cheese. Yummy 🙂
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