I’ve been all ears to friends talking about this mountain view. The sunrise, jeeps, horses, savana and so many on. In my 24 to 25 years of living, there’s not many places that I’ve been to. It’s about three islands and two countries only. Indonesia itself has many islands and beautiful places to see but I am barely experience to five or ten of the famous ones. I was raised in West Sumatra, where you’ll know about Rumah Gadang, or folks about Malin Kundang or food you absolutely know, because it’s very popular all over the world, Rendang.
So, talk about my experience of travel, most of times is a business trip with a pop travel experience that I had. “A walk to Mount Bromo” is one of the pop travel that I could catch.
The decision of my asignment to Malang was not as simple or direct of the sampling that my boss had. He’s been to a complex time (I bet) to decide this after long long thoughts of his and related parties discussion. So yeah, my TL, team leader, prepared for the ticket and hotel to live there.
I would also post about my experience of long stay in the hotel I was living, so I would not talk about it here hehe. We were very excited to have this assignment, because the chance is like one in twenty assignment only. It was all known in our groups. Anyway, we got that chance.
I would not talk much about detail of the assignment here. It’s my professional side, there are much information that would not be appropriate to be discussed. Then, this is for my personal side. I got that chance to see Mount Bromo my self and felt the feeling on how travel is like and how to ride a horse and my feelings about it. So here it goes..
So we began the trip at 12:30 AM picked up by the tour we booked.
It’s Friday, 3 March 2017 when we had our lunch and thinking about carry out our plan to go to Mount Bromo. Sarah my TL, whose had the same name with me, tried to find a good tour deal on internet. She surfed all the tours website to Mount Bromo and ended us up to 1001 Malam. She booked the sit for me online and I made sure that it had us such a tonight trip and the requirement. Yeah, it’s super shocking decision because we found it cheapest deal. Before me made our payment, I contacted the contact line service and it had what we required. The tour picked us up at the hotel we lived with the Red Jeep. The driver had already picked another visitors (four new friends) when to Mount Bromo that night.
Waiting for sunrise.
That picture was took when we’re waiting for sunrise, our first destination and first scenery. It’s quite a fail I could say since finaly after a long waiting in a cold weather we saw fog covered all the beautiful scenery seen from people’s picture when there before us. We’re so unlucky. We had another destination and couldn’t wait any longer so we went back to the jeep waiting for us. But look!
A little light of the sun.
Uh uh we got it. Even though not so bright, it’s still looked beautiful, isn’t it? This just a liitle way of ride after a little dissappointment that time. We took a picture here but not that so good. I got you my fave picture from the trip with all the visitors at the end of my writing. So keep strolling and reading!! haha.
2nd destination – Crater of Mount Bromo
I had my experience riding a horse here. I was feeling very nervous. It’s just not like I was liking the hourse like I am seeing handsome man or charismatic one but because I was feeling like I was going to fall hundreads time and laughed by the people around. The guide told me to be relax and just follow the horse way to walk so I would not fall down. But it’s not as simple as that. I needed to catch my breathe and reminded myself that it’s fun and everything’s okay. I kept talking to myself at once and I couldn’t remind calm at all. I was afraid and I wanted to just walk away. I stayed riding that horse in the flat land and I climbed the mountain instead after that. It was exhausted.
During my walk with the horse, I had something in mind that I could take as a lesson learn and I could implement in my future life. I was thinking that why I am so worried. The horse was good and it’s just walking very careful. But I was not good nor cool and even worried. The things were I could follow that horse well when I relaxed, when I kept having a long breathing and just trusted the horse. My lesson is that giving a little or more trust is not painful, it’s a relieving. It helps me to control that panic. Having a long breathing is also very helpful to make me cope my panic and remain calm and relax. I started my other walk with the horse again after it and took a photo with it. Unfortunately, it didn’t look that good but I did having an update in my instagram in video while I was riding that horse. Meant that, I was accomplished my mission to be relax and control my panic to ride a horse.
View while climbing to the top of the mountain
Another halfway view
View from near top of the mountain with about 250 stairs to it.
I didn’t stay long at the top. The wind got harder and bringing the smell of sulfur that made our head and eyes quite sick.Sarah and I stayed here not longer than 5 to 10 minutes. We took a rest on half way of stairs. It has about 250 stairs and yes it really made me tired lol.
3rd destination – Pasir Berbisik
4th destination – Bukit Teletubies
Now I am near to the ending of this walk story. Before I jump to introduce my new friends, I got to have a small review for the tour I got for this trip.
- Communication went good with the tour contact line service and the driver. During our walk to all destination, the driver gave us good service and talk. The driver told us that we (all visitors) were not booked from the same tour. The driver was giving me known that some were from Nahwatour. I got a thank you chat from nahwatour. They concerned about they service to customer and asked we as customer to tell them what shold be imporved. So, if you look for a tour to Mount Bromo, just click the link! They’ll give you best.
- Driving service and the option of way of walk were best. Which meant that the driver drove the car carefully and made us feel very confortable.
- Pick-up time and coordination between office and the field executor (the driver) was also good. Sarah and I was picked up at our hotel, so we had to wait other visitors who might pick-up nearer than us.
- Itinerary of our walk is also best. 1001 Malam gave me a good and understandable itinarary and a good service in serving me and answering my many questions haha. So yeah, click the link for booking!
I mention two tours there because I think I experienced both all at one and was feeling satisfied and fair for the service. With only IDR 340k plus 110k for horse riding. I spent about 12 hours of worth spending time and money for such pop travel.
I came to end of my walk story. So that’s the picture took with Teddy’s Camera. My pictures were all taken with iphone 5s. From the left: Sarah, me, Ramdhan, Yusuf, Rendy and Teddy.