Mighty Merapi

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Vogels Hostel

Flag of Indonesia  , Central Java,
Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Day : 109
Temperature : A nice cool 30 degrees
Weather : Scattered clouds

We've had a couple of successes over the past day. Firstly, yesterday was the cheapest day of our trip so far….we spent 14 between the two of us!! Let me give you a breakdown. …

Accommodation including breakfast 7

Transport 3

Lunch 2

Dinner 2

So, lunch and dinner weren’t exactly meals you would rave about, but hey, we think 14 squids is pretty good going! Unfortunately, today we have spent exactly 14 just on train tickets, but hey, you cannot be under budget every day!

Yesterday we arrived in the village of Kailurang to see the Merapi volcano, but as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the volcano was has not been particularly active for some time. Merapi volcano is one of only 16 volcanoes in the world to be given the status of a "Decade Volcano". This is a term given to these few volcanoes, deeming them to be particularly worthy of study in view of their large, destructive eruptions and close proximity to populated areas, and as such it is the site of a very active volcano monitoring programme. Although small eruptions occur every few years, Merapi has exploded violently in recent years, releasing devastating pyroclastic flows and streams of lava down the mountain killing many.  Despite there not being much volcanic activity when we were there, it was still pleasant to be in Kaliurang which sits at nearly 900m above sea level.  Being at altitude meant that the air was much cooler and this was a refreshing change to the hot and humid conditions that we’ve been used to over the past few weeks.  

This morning we rose early and took a walk further up out of the village to the volcano’s view point. Luckily the clouds which were present in the sky were moving quickly and this afforded us glimpses of Merapi for a few minutes at a time before the next group of clouds moved in. The volcano was quite a sight, even though it was a very hazy morning and we were looking into the sunlight. Perhaps we were in a little awestruck seeing our first active volcano, but the sight of this monumental volcanic cone soaring into the sky with ash and steam billowing out was fairly impressive by our standards!

But onwards we must go, and after returning to our hotel we caught a minibus back to Yogya, bought train tickets for this afternoon and are right now sitting in Pizza Hut…where else?!...whiling the time away before we board our train for Surabaya later this afternoon.
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