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After we set foot on the Island Java we drove to a small town called Situbondo. From there we immediately tried to find transportation to Bodowoso. The only way was a public van or small bus and we eventually decided that the bus would be the best option. The bus was so full that even people were just hanging on the outside of the bus. Along the way we found out that this part of Indonesia isn't touristic at all. Which is quite exciting in a way. ...
Oh, how sad I was to leave Kuta again. False. I was not sad, I was excited. Ahead of me I had an eight hour bus ride and a one hour ferry ride to get to Java island, but still, I was excited, I'm not going to summarize my day, as it was extremely uninteresting. Basically, I just looked out the window and ate Pringles all day (I forgot to get snacks and that's all I could find at the road stop). Anyways, I arrived at the Ijen plateau after ...
... after she spit it back on my belly (didn't expect that) and wrapped my belly in a cloth. I don't know what medicine worked best, but I felt much better after two days so took the bus to Lake Toba. First we had to go back to Medan and there we could take the bus to Lake Toba. There was a bus directly from Bukit Lawang to the lake, but this was especially organized for tourists, so then I refuse to get on (in addition to the price that is way too high). I prefer to take ...
... especially when you grasp it and get involved.
Bukit Lawang was devastated in 2003 by a flood which resulted in a number of lives being lost, although reports say around 250 people died, the locals estimate almost 600 people actually lost their lives. A lake had built up in the jungle above the town and the damn of logs that was holding it outside the village resulted in a massive landslide. One side of the river, all the homes, businesses ...
This weekend I was (easily) convinced to go on a jungle trekking trip to Sumatra - a giant jungle island in Indonesia.
To reinforce my badass status, allow me to clarify what the heck "trekking" is:
- Trekking: (v.) extreme hiking, involving physical exertion way too much for my Dad to handle.
- Jungle Trekking: (v.) climbing up steep hillsides by hoisting yourself up on protruding tree roots and swinging on hanging vines.