Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trip to Banyuwangi - Baluran National Park

Last weekend was too awesome that I almost forgot to take my breath back.

A friend told me,
“If you have a dream, write it down!”

It suddenly came to flash back the time when me and my housemates were spending our lazy Sunday morning watching the TV about 2 years ago. What we saw on TV really caught our attention. It was a travelling tv program, showing interesting places in Indonesia. The host went to a very unique place, which looks like a safari in Africa, with the high trees in a desert like ground, and wild animals running free. It was Baluran National Park. I remembered Ima took our phone book and jot it down right away. So, Baluran National Park, Banyuwangi – is somewhere we MUST go!

Then, it was the Ijen Creater a.k.a Kawah Ijen. I saw that about a year ago from the internet. It was mesmerizing in the picture and I couldn’t get my mind out of it. I really wanted to go, but I was too doubtful about my friends to go hiking the mountain with me. I told Frente anyway, and there was Mbak Syifa too. What a coincident, Mbak Syifa’s hometown is in Banyuwangi, where both Baluran and Ijen are. OMG!!!!!!

So apparently, Mbak Syifa had been planning to bring me there, to fulfill my wishes. It has been months. When Mbak Syifa offered me and my friends to come along with her to Banyuwangi, without sparing a single second, I agreed to go! Then I convinced my friends to come along.

There was quite a long story beneath it all, until we made it to Banyuwangi. Mbak Syifa, Amak (her son), me, Frente, Sit, Ima and Zana took the 8 hours journey by road. We preferred to sleep along the way, her driver is crazier than F1 racer. We arrived her house and settled down our asses (dah duduk lama sangat dalam kereta kot), and get ready for our Safari adventure the next day!

Now, let the pictures tell the story…
Journey begins
The road to the desert
This is it! Can you believe it!
Yay, we've made it girls!!
Merah putih teruslah kau berkibar

Read my shirt
Bekol. Subhanallah
The road to the beach
kita panjat pokok!


If we could swim to the other side, we are already in Bali
Our dinner
Thanks to Tante (mbak Syifa’s mom) for the hospitality, your capulaga coffee is the best!! To mas Agus who accompany us and to Mbak Syifa for making this all memorable.

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