Monthly Archives: September 2011

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here : Kawah Ijen

Setting off from our accomodation outside the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park at no later than 10am, we face yet another long journey to see yet another volcano. I have no idea what the pull of Kawah Ijen is; our … Continue reading

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A magnificent dawn : Gunung Bromo

Wrapped in several thin body layers (I have brought no cold weather gear), sporting a £2 hat purchased the previous evening and wearing socks for the first time in almost two months, I am still able to sense the cold of … Continue reading

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We don’t need another hero: Cemoro Lawang

After an unhurried climb through the green hills of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, the minibus chartered in Probolinggo by four Brits and a baby finally reaches its destination of Cemoro Lawang. Cemoro Lawang is a small village sited … Continue reading

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A test of my patience : Surabaya

Upon leaving Yogyakarta after five very enjoyable days, we decided to make our way towards the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, a place that our recently downloaded online Lonely Planet guidebook chapter on Java (bargain with a capital “B” at … Continue reading

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Java’s super stupa : Borobudur

A seasoned traveller, whether they consciously admit it or not, will have a checklist of sights from around the globe that they one day wish to fulfill and each trip is a stepping stone its completion. Such lists by their … Continue reading

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The age of the understatement : Yogyakarta

I like fights.  I think they are great. I don’t however, like fighting. I grew out of scrapping some years ago.  I was never particularly good at it and other (harder) people seemed to enjoy it a damn sight more … Continue reading

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Limes and climbs : Prambanam Temples

Seeing as we are travelling through the world’s most populous Muslim state, it would seem wrong of us not to swing by its two most important architectural sites – neither of which have jack to do with the dominant Islamic … Continue reading

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