Bubbling Geysers and Volcano Craters!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Java,
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We flew back to Jakarta from Bali, and after a night of relaxing, we said goodbye to Lesley (she headed back to the U.S.) and took a three-hour train ride to Bandung, a relatively large city in Java. The train snaked its way through mountains filled with cascading rice paddies reminiscent of northern Vietnam and past little villages built into the hillside before arriving in the bustling town of Bandung. We found accommodation and spent the rest of the day wandering around 'Jeans Street', a long street filled with clothing outlets and street vendors. As we soon learned, there is not much else to do in Bandung but shop. The next day we woke up early and hopped on a 'Colt', a public mini van, heading to Tangkuban Prahu, a vast volcano crater about an hour north of Bandung. It was a long, cramped, hot ride, perhaps not all that suitable for Tiffany's dad, and when we finally arrived at the entrance, her dad turned to us and said, “We’re taking a taxi back!” I don’t think he’s used to traveling on a budget

From the entrance, we hired someone to take us to the top of the volcano, and there we marveled at the enormous crater set deep into the surrounding mountains. We walked around the rim of the crater for a bit, and then took a short hike to a secondary crater. Afterwards, we headed off on a side trail for a steep, beautiful hike filled with brilliant green moss and a variety of blooming plant life. This trail led to Kawah Domas, a volcanic area dotted with steaming pools and bubbling geysers. We dipped our feet in one of the 'cooler' pools, and tried to hard boil some eggs in one of the hotter pools. Our impatience got the better of us, and we did not boil them long enough to make them edible. But it was fun nonetheless. We went for another short hike out to the road and hired someone to take us to Lembang, a town in between Bandung and Tangkuban Prahu, where we had a late lunch before heading back to Bandung for some more shopping. The next day we headed back to Jakarta, because Tiffany’s Dad and his wife needed to catch a flight back to the U.S. and Tiffany and I needed to catch a flight to Papua. While Bandung is not necessarily a “must-see”, the areas around Bandung (for I heard there is another volcano south of Bandung) are filled with beauty.
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