This might not sound like the most useful or exciting skill, but nonetheless a skill that has made the last few days of travelling a lot easier.
Sunday was the start of our two day journey from Java to Bali. We were sad to leave Hotel Neo where we had been spoilt with a nice room, hot showers, breakfast and a pool. Probably our last bit of luxury before we give in to the standard backpacker £5 a night hotels
After stuffing our faces at the breakfast buffet we got on a minibus at 8:30am, and 14 hours later we arrived at our hotel for the night, tired and hungry (or thungry as Steph now likes to say) as all we’d eaten since breakfast was a handful of coconut biscuits.
For the second time in less then a week, we woke up at 3:30am to be picked up by a jeep to take us to a viewpoint in the hope of seeing a sunrise over mount Bromo. Think the driver was half asleep though as he managed to get stuck down a ditch reversing out the hotel. Being stuck in a jeep at a near vertical angle while about 10 people tried to push us free was definitely enough to wake us up.
We reached the viewpoint just in time to see the most breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. We’d been warned that it would be 4degrees and to wrap up warm (bit hard when our bags are mainly beach clothes!). The locals were all in massive coats and hats but us English girls are obviously more used to the cold so we were quite happy in a thin jumper and leggings.
The viewpoint was incredibly busy but we managed to find a good spot with a selfie stick free view. Annoyingly at the time when we most wanted to take pictures my camera and Stephs go-pro both decided to brake so we were down to just an iPhone. The photos are still stunning though and took us so long to edit down to our favourite few.
Once we were happy we’d taken every picture possible, we got back in the jeep to go to mount Bromo. Getting out the car was a very weird experience, it felt like being on the set of a western film, the volcanical sand was full of horses and jeeps.
It was a steep 30 minute climb to the top (we decided to walk instead of squish the small exhausted looking horses) where we could see straight in to the volcano and admire the surrounding scenery, it was so beautiful. It’s no secret that I’m not a morning person but it was so worth it. Beats my old Monday mornings!
Back in the jeep heading back to the hotel, Steph and I had front row seats to enjoy the ride across the sand. That was until the jeep door I was leaning on decided to swing open, luckily I managed to keep myself inside!
To think we’d done all this and it was only 8am!
After probably the worst breakfast I’ve ever had (if you could even call it that), we were loaded onto a bus for the 12 hour journey to our next destination, Seminyak.