"Is this even planet Earth?"
Can somebody explain to me, what I've just experienced? Planet Mars? The movie Avatar? Seriously witnessing Bromo and Ijen was beyond what I expected. The spectacular breathtaking views were nothing short of amazing. I wish all could experience “the volcano spirit” with the Indotravelteam.
Everything started in a minibus from Bali. I was mentally prepared for the 12 hour journey. Funny thing is, I found it peaceful to travel by bus. I got a comfortable spot next to the window, resting my back against the seat my headphones are plugged in. I'm chilling, turning my body's relaxed mode on, feeling the moment, Inhaling and exhaling. There is nothing I have to do. There is no stress. There is no hurry. It’s not much I can control. I just focus my mind on breathing and observing. My eyes are resting on the surroundings, which changes quickly along with the speed of the vehicle. Music flows. I’m fading away with my thoughts. The songs rhythm and beats touch my soul, then I smile. I smile because I know an adventure is waiting...
We arrived to Bromo in the evening and went straight to a small warung restaurant for dinner. I love those genuine family restaurants, there so authentic and you get a taste of real indonesia. All of us sat around a big table and started to get to know each other. It was cold, a bit dark, and we all had a lot of clothes on. Excitement and anticipation was running through our body's, as we all were excited for what was coming. Ricky, our guide was giving us all the information we needed for the next day, such a lovely and funny guy. After two big cups of an amazing ginger tea, a delicious soup and plate of traditional javanese food, I felt warm from inside, full and prepared for Bromo.
2.30am. Clothes on. Hat on. Shoes on. Packed bag. All set. Ready for volcano spirit! We sat four and four in a jeep, driving in the dark, a bit cold and we had no idea about the surroundings. It was bumpy, uphill and everyone was half sleeping. We arrived and walked to the viewpoint. Easy to reach and we were a bit early. I bought a cup of hot chocolate and was just standing there in the dark. 2.650 meters above sea level. The sky is full of stars and as usual I'm so amazed of that. I saw three shooting stars while waiting for the sunrise, at that point I was already satisfied haha.
The sun starts to rise and I could spot Mount Bromo. WOW. The view was incredible. It doesn't matter if I looked right or left, it was a beautiful view in all directions. It was mystical, with the fog and smoke from the volcano surrounding the mighty mountains. What to say? Magical.
Then we crossed the “sea of sand” to reach the path that leads to the top of Bromo. 250 steps later we were standing on the edge of the crater, like literally on the volcano and witnessed this amazing creature. I had no idea we would be that close. Unreal feeling.
As a happy and hyped girl we left Bromo for the next adventure: Ijen. My second time I got to experience this unique place. Seriously it felt like another planet. To see Ijen, before offers a little bit more encouragement and effort to get there. But well worth it!
The alarm went off at 11pm, we took a two hour car drive and then a 1.5 hours hike along the beautiful mountain path under a starry sky. We reached the top and you could see the magical blue flames. And top of that, witness the stunning sunrise above the largest acid lake in the world. Absolutely amazing. Respect for mother nature. What else to say?