The bus into Java, crossed on a ferry from Bali and then continued on through the night, dropping us at a small town called Bromolingo at 2:30am. We then arranged for a private bus to take us to Gunung Bromo where we caught motorcycle taxis to a hill, trekking the last 30 minutes to a lookout. The views across the volcanic basin, which appeared to trap a layer of cloud from escaping down into the villqges nearby, were incredible. The 2 volcanoes in the foreground were tinged orange far below us (and looked like toys) and the largest one in the distance puffed out a ball of smoke, as if prforming for us. Simply beautiful!
We then trekked down, jumped back on the motorcycle taxis and raced across the plain (which was freezing below that cloudline!) and scaled the side of Mount Bromo. We had intended to circumnavigate the rim of the steaming volcano, but the shifting sandy edge was precipitous and we decided to just take some snaps instead! After a quick breakfast, we headed back to Bromolingo and caught a bus to the large historical city of Yogjakarta.
Here, we found a friendly hostel on Gang II in the tourist area of Sosro. The owners had a collection of caged singing birds which they enteed for competitions. Their songs were unbelievable. We decided to extend our Indonesian visas here at the airport and the process was pretty simple.
Organised through the hostel (Hostel Simple) we did a day trip to the large temples of Borbuder and Prambanan. They had been severely damaged by an earthquake 8 years before, but rebuilt and repaired since. The temples at Prambanan reminded us of Angkor Wat.
We did a day tour of the sights within the city, but they were insignificant in comparison to the temples we had seen.
There was an impressive mall near where we were staying so we had sone western food one evening. We also continued our drice to get fit by goibg to the Ibis gym a couple of times!!
Yogjakarta was a lovely city and the people were really friendly and helpful during our stay.