Mt. Bromo & Mt. Semeru

Trip Start May 03, 2007
Trip End Jan 01, 2008

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Java - Mt Bromo

Java rests along a portion of the Pacific Ring of Fire, and is endowed with the wonder and fury of volcanoes, earthquakes and hydrothermal activity. Take a peek at our photographs attached to get a feel for Mount Bromo and surrounding peaks.

Indonesians put a lot of faith and superstition into their volcanoes, to the extent that heads of state will travel to renowned peaks to ask for a rosy future. Maybe that is what Liverpool FC should try next?!

We spent the day before resting in the village on the edge of the valley-like caldera. A flavour of the month with flies, as the entire village was home to millions of the buzzing bastards. Never have you ever seen so many flies in the whole of your life.  

Early next morning with head torches at the ready, we headed of into the dark to prepare ourselves for the creeping Discworld like sun rise. The altitude meant a refreshing climate from what had been the norm for the past few months. Jeans, an extra layer on top, walking boots, and I even wore pants! We spent until nearly lunchtime walking up and down and across the caldera floor. It was spectacular. The journey from Probbilingo to the volcanoes had been of lush country ripe with harvest, blessed many years ago now by the very forces we were here to see, hear and smell. But once into the caldera and on Mt Bromo the landscape was moonlike and, rather eerily, sounded hollow if you hurled a chunk of lava into the ground. Very unsettling I can assure you. 

I'd give Mt Bromo two thumbs, and two big toes up, plus a hearty slap on the back. Not only can you walk around the frothing, sulphurous crater, not only can you walk across the caldera, but the village is beautiful, and the crowds non existent during the week. It felt like a proper off the beaten track adventure. 'YAY' for Bromo.
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