The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta
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... we could not find our car. Our backpacks were in the car, and so were our passports and most of our money. We walked around, and no sign of the car. She was beginning to panic, like really panic. I tried to keep calm, and sometimes you can just read people, and the driver did not seem like a person who would rob us. But yet no sign. I tried calling his phone, and no answer. Now, although I tried to stay calm and reassure her, I was beginning to get alarmed as well. ...
... and ascended the volcano.
The reason for heading up Ijen at such an unsociable hour is two fold: it enables you to see the unique blue sulphur flames emitted inside the crater and also to witness the sun rising from the top. After an hour's scramble up we were at the rim of the volcano (we think- it was so dark you couldn't make out much...) and, in classic Indonesian style, everyone ignored the warning sign about not clambering down into the crater and shimmied down on ...
... almost always cannot be found in other areas. However, we decided to take that chance in Jakarta.
Arriving at the hotel we stayed at on the beginning of the trip, I found my loyal bellhop at the concierge desk whom I bought his favor for 200,000IRP (which turns out to be about 5 days pay) who, of course, was willing to anything we needed. I obtained Ria's, the tailor's, calling card from the death clutch of Alta, who kept the card secure over ...
... height: 17.920000076293945px;">- M seal (1 roll)
- Plastic wrapping (1 roll)
- Swiss knife (1 set)
- Cole man lantern petrol/battery (1 unit)
... to breakfast and sat outside so we could listen to the game there too. We started playing better and it was halftime so we went back to the room. After halftime not a great start, so we left the room again and came down by the pool to listen to the second half. We got the last two lounge chairs under umbrellas (it's Saturday so the pool is busy again). I'm sure everyone at the pool thinks we are crazy since we were randomly clapping and yelling but totally worth it. I ...