Java – land of temples, volcanoes and avocado smoothies

Our first visit to an Indonesian temple, Borobodur, was quite unlike any other temple experience so far. We spent more time posing for photos with groups of teenagers, families and their children than we did actually looking around. It was pretty good fun, and we enjoyed the attention for a while, but quickly snuck away…

Gunung Bromo

We were keen to take a trip up Mount Bromo, an iconic volcano and popular trekking destination, on our way across Java. We couldn’t find much information about the road up from the west, but thought we’d give it a go. We took some video footage, so will put it together when we get a…

Indonesian hospitality

Our first warmshowers host in Indonesia, Imron, gave us a very warm welcome to his home and screen printing business, “Krinks Laboratory”. He is full of energy and enthusiasm, a keen cyclist and entrepreneur (he was in the process of making his own panniers). Just after we arrived a wave of excitable girls filled the…

Bikes on an Indonesian train, Jakarta

We discovered the hard way that you can’t just roll a bike onto the trains leaving Jakarta (unless it’s a folding bike). We had been told by customer services at Gambir (the main hub in Jakarta) that we would be able to take our bikes on the train at Pasar Senen. Unfortunately, this was not…

Singapore to Jakarta by boat

Apparently we are the type of travellers who like to do things the hard way. We found most of the information we needed to plan our journey on this travelfish article, and the relevant ferry websites. The most important piece of information that travelfish didn’t mention is that some of the boats to Jakarta take…