Chapter 2: Smelling volcano
2 December 2012
Wake up fully rested, I think its the cosy bed. I seriously can sleep all day on the bed.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day each time I am on holiday. The hotel usually provides free buffet breakfast and we can take our own sweet time to eat. I really appreciate times like this because in the nature of my job, I start work really early and breakfasts are usually rushed or on-the-go.
Trying to eat healthy! My uncle and auntie seemed to be enjoying the variety of food available. Lol.
The place where we ate is not the actual place where they usually have breakfast. It was a bit warm especially when the sun went up. However, we had some entertainment from the guys playing the traditional flute of Indonesia.
Like typical tourists, they wanted to take a photo here.
They even had a candy man making cotton floss for children. Why only for children? I want too!
After breakfast. we made our way to the volcano. The traffic was horrible? I don’t think I can ever drive my way here.
We are finally here at Tangkuban Perahu! Its beautiful!!
It was drizzling and it was a bit misty.
Spot the Minnie Mouse. I was actually kidding when I asked if Mum wanted to use my Minnie Mouse hooded blanket.
I did not expect her to say yes. Lol.
Love the view! My solo shot! My first time visiting a volcano and I was so fascinated by it. How beautiful is this perilous creation of God?
A group photo with the view.
It was getting more and more misty but I wanted walk on and explore further. The smell of the sulphur in the air was also getting stronger but frankly, I did not care.
There were these guys who kept shoving their items to us, asking us to buy from them. They mostly sell keychains and other souvenirs and some kept following us. One guy followed me all the way, from the time we alighted from the van. He just stuck to me like glue and i was getting irritated. He was friendly all right, occasionally offering help to take photos for us, but I know he just wants to make his sale with us.
I wanted to walk further but since he was FOLLOWING me and it was not that crowded down the path, I decided not to.
This guy was also explaining to me about the history of the place. The cravings on the wall about the legend of the perahu. If you are not aware, you would probably think that he was one on the tour guides.
My parents, uncle and auntie aka senior citizens were also irritated but I did not want this to spoil my mood.
The were also tired from all the walking but its actually not very far! Lol.
One last shot. The air cleared up a bit when we were leaving. Such magnificent creation from of the Almighty.
On the way down. we skipped the tea plantation because it was an uphill walk :p I a, travelling with senior citizens so I guess I should have expected this.
The local driver brought us to this restaurant where they served local food. Lunch! Local dishes was so delicious!
We went back to the hotel because the senior citizens were tired. They wanted to rest before dinner. We finally went out after maghrib to eat something light because most of us were still full from the late lunch.
Nearby cafe from the hotel. It looks like a pretty cool place to chill.
There were not many customers on a Monday night so we almost had the whole place to ourselves.
My parents shared this place of kway teow because they could not eat much. Its nice to have some familiar dishes available here.
My light dinner was pancakes! Yes, second night in a row! Yums! #dessertfreak
Banana split for dessert. Pardon me for the dark photo. The restaurant was dimly lighted to created a soft and relaxing atmosphere.
After all food, we were sleepy!
One group pic before we leave! Noticed how the waiters behind were also posing? Lol.
Time to go home early to rest because tomorrow is the senior citizens’ favourite activity day – shopping!!