15.01.2017 29 °C
Today we left Yogyakarta after 3 great days here and via another train journey, each one another adventure - as always in Asia !
The central rail station in Yogyakarta was spotless with polished tiled floors and all the traders, hawkers and beggars are now banned from the inside all of Indonesia's railway stations, so we had a hassle free boarding procedures or a change.
The train travelled further east, working our way through the central province passing numerous rice fields and
their workers towards the Seloliman Nature Reserve, about 250Km east and situated on the slopes of the sacred Penanggungan Volcano.
After about 4 hours we arrived at our Mojokerto station and transferred to a small bus for the final part of the days journey,
once in the van we spotted our destination - a perfectly formed conical volcano named Penanggungan.
We were staying at PPLH, which was the first Ecological Centre setup in Indonesia in 1994.
The main bamboo building was surrounded by small bungalows each with an animal name not a number -
we had "Horse" a nice bungalow with a strange bathroom - opening the door to it went straight outside
where there was an open air sink, toilet and cold shower - all very atmospheric and refreshing !
We then had a group meal with all the ingredients from the fields and plantations at the centre.
After dinner we watched a wildlife video of Indonesia (hoping we'd spot some of it's "stars" tomorrow on our jungle trek).
Anyhow the video turned out to be a 10yr old BBC version which was good,
But now looked very dated compared to the techniques and HD we have now, although we watched the video in an open air summer room and during the film some Bats flew inside, right in front of the projector screen which made it a real "3D" film, quite funny at the time.
We then retired to our bungalow in the jungle, to the night chorus sound of cicadas.