Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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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
So, lunch and dinner weren’t exactly meals you would rave about, but hey, we think 14 squids is pretty good going
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
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.