In Yogja I had booked a transfer all the way to Seminyak in Bali which included a detour to the still active volcano. The drive from Yogja to our hotel in Cemoro Lewang took over 14 hours. I was picked up from my hotel in Yogjakarta in the morning and we arrived at the hotel in Cemoro Lewang at around 11pm. I went straight to bed as a 3 am wake up call was next on the itinerary.
I was woken up to a freezing, cold room and put on everything I could find in my back-pack, before hopping into the jeep. We drove along dark, windy roads with a couple of other jeeps in tow. After about 45 minutes, the driver parked the jeep and we got out, where even more jeeps started turning up. I bought myself a cup of tea to keep warm and sat down to wait for the sun to appear.
It’s funny, when I’d imagined watching the sun rise on my visit to the Bromo Volcano, I certainly hadn’t thought that it would be in the company of hundreds of other tourists. I kept having to get up off my rock to take pictures of them, or posing in them (the joys of being Western in Asia). But I watched the sunrise and tried to ignore the crowds. I’ve seen many a sunrise, but this one was indeed an impressive sight to watch: daylight crept over the massive mount that sits in the middle of an open plain which is also known as the ‘sea of sand’.
In hindsight, I think I would’ve give the Bromo a miss given that it’s such a popular tourist destination, but it was not a bad break from being cooped up in a van on our 36 hour drive from Yogjakarta to Bali.