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Jan 18, 2012

And the Swimmers trip to the Southeast Asia ends here


In Indonesia, as we said in first post, it’s worth seeing with your own eyes its wonders of the world: incredible rice fields, heavenly islands, sea beds full of life, active volcanoes and fishermen villages. However, we recommend to travel to Indonesia with a NON very tight budget. In the places where we have been, public transportation is very basic and sometimes you cannot find it. It is necessary to pay for taxis or tourist buses. Don’t expect to find great culinary delights. In spite of everything, it is worth “touching ” Indonesia with your hands.

Malaysia is a very easy place to travel. Cheap. Very hospitable people and beautiful landscapes, as we explained in our last post. Highly recommended.

In short: an unforgettable, fascinating and enriching adventure.

Have you ever visited the Southeast Asia? Please let us know your experience.

Dec 23, 2011

A moon-like wonder

After having explored the Balinese culture a bit more, we decided to move to one of the most important islands in the South-East Asia, Java. We got on a bus to Probolinggo, where we could set out for one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Indonesia.

The best

The Bromo volcano. Do you guys believe that a barren and desolate dark gray landscape where volcanic ash covers everything would be awesome? Well I can assure you it is one of the wonders of the world. A volcano 2,300 metres high above sea level, which is the most active of East Java.

About 3 o’clock in the morning we boarded a minibus that took us to the last village before the volcano, Cemoro Lawang. At 4:15 a.m. our one-hour-trek to the top of the mountain Gunung Penanjakan began to watch the first rays of the sun. Well equipped with our sweatshirts, hiking boots and head lights, we started our journey. How cold and nerve-wracking! We got it. We arrived in time to enjoy the dawn, the breathtaking view of the Bromo emanating smoke. One of the things that impressed us the most was the moon-like windswept plain, where you can admire the Bromo, Batok, Tengger and Semeru (3,636m) volcanoes.

Strolling through the outskirts of the village and watch the way the villagers live indifferent to the hustle and bustle and work their land.


The worst

The deceptions we went through.

In Lovina (Bali) we took a bus that theoretically had to arrive at 6 a.m. to Probbolingo but actually arrived at 2 a.m. We were left stranded in the middle of a street next to a travel agency, of course, at an ungodly hour, with all our stuff. There were only a few mangos, Indonesian people sleeping in the street, a travel agency and a pair of Indonesians trying to deceive us a little more. Fortunately, after discussing and angrying with the locals, we managed to see the wonderful volcanic landscape. It was really worth it.





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