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... by crawling and Inrica in particular didn't really speak. Playing with these girls was the only time I felt really sad- not for them now but for the future them. How will their adult lives turn out with no families to support them in a country which I doubt very much has any kind of disability support or care services!?
It was then time for the kids to have lunch. First they all prayed, led by the owner of the orphanage whom led the prayers, chanting through a microphone. ...
... headed into a rice paddy. Again we crossed some interesting characters that worked on the fields. The journey through the paddy showed beautiful views and before long we were heading across a tiny bamboo bridge back into the village.
After the incredible hike we were pilling in the car for a 5-hour drive up to Mt Bromo. After the drive a cold beer and noodle dinner was much needed especial because we had to be awake for another hike but this time at ...
... roaming around preying and meditating. A few boys were even bathing in the confines of a holy fountain, whose water is meant to be the 5th freshest in the world. It was quiet a sight and one that was enjoyed for a while as we waited for the rain to ease when it had started to pour.
The hike back was easier as it was on a main road and the old body appreciated this. Dinner and the rest that quietly came afterwards too were appreciated. ...
... While it is called bird market, the offer is not limited to birds but in general to animals. We saw all types, colors and sizes of birds, as well as cats, fish, hamsters, etc.
Next to the bird market there was a flower market. I found the flower market looked like a plants market in Colombia, although the size was bigger: The stands all displayed multiple shades of green, with colorful flowers in between the green.
On our way ...
... base of the volcano. It took 5 hours (3 up, 2 down) of hiking but the views from the top were pretty impressive.
The last bunch are mostly of Gunung Semeru, the 3 day 2 night trek I did with English Dave. It was a tough hike and even though the views from the top were nonexistant it was a great few days.
I'm currently in Lombok (the island just east of Java) but heading to the Gili isles for a few days tomorrow morning. The ...