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Having cold fried rice as breakfast

Bandung was a little town and used to be called “the Paris of Java”, with its cool climate, parks and lanes. Now it has grown into a big city with 2.5 million inhabitants.

 

We searched for a hotel on Lonely Planet and found this one: Wisma Asri: “Mid-Range, it has comfortable standards and huge deluxes.” So we booked this hotel ahead from Jakarta for 2 days. When we arrived, it was some kind of a hostel, 2 or 3 floors with a dining/television area in the middle surrounded by rooms. The rooms were old, the toilet and bath are broken, there were holes where mosquitoes could fly in and the sheets seemed dirty. Bad, but because it wasn't expensive and we booked ahead, we thought, don’t whine, we can handle this. Good night!

 

At 3:30 in the morning there were noise, people were laughing in the hall and the television was loudly on.

Soldiers on the streets for Hari ABRI (National day of the Army)
It was Ramadan, the fasting-month, the Muslims were having breakfast. We couldn’t sleep. At 5 o’clock it was quiet again cause the sun has come up. In the morning we sat quiet around the table to have breakfast: cold oily fried rice with cold oily fried egg. We paid and left immediately...  (and the Lonely Planet, we'd figure out later what we did with it...) 

 

Tangkuban Parahu means “upturned boat” the name originates from a local legend, but if you see this mountain, it has the shape of an upturned boat. Not many craters of a volcanic mountain can be reached by car, but here you can. There’s also a path through the forest to another side downhill where you can see newly erupted area.

 

After Tangkuban Parahu, we visited the hot springs in Ciater. The water is more than 40°C with a pH of 2.5. Many locals come here to treat their skins. It’s really nice, especially cause the area is cool. You can also get massages here. Go in the water slowly, cause it’s really hot. You can really feel the water bite cause of it’s acidity. When we finished, my girlfriend wanted to pull out her bikini, but it came out in parts, so she threw it away.

 

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Having cold fried rice as breakfast
Having cold fried rice as breakfast
Soldiers on the streets for Hari A…
Soldiers on the streets for Hari …
Hari ABRI (National day of the Arm…
Hari ABRI (National day of the Ar…
Slum area of Bandung
Slum area of Bandung
Tangkuban Parahu
Tangkuban Parahu
The crater of the still active mou…
The crater of the still active mo…
They sell Parsley as a bonsai :D
They sell Parsley as a bonsai :D
No tourist at that time
No tourist at that time
A boy carving soft wood
A boy carving soft wood
Going down through the forest
Going down through the forest
Newly erupted side
Newly erupted side
Boiling water
Boiling water
Sulfur is beautiful but smells li…
Sulfur is beautiful but smell's l…
A big spider
A big spider
Women picking tea
Women picking tea
Ciater hot springs (temperature 42…
Ciater hot springs (temperature 4…
And get a nice massage after the b…
And get a nice massage after the …
Bandung
Bandung
The old Savoy Homan Hotel where th…
The old Savoy Homan Hotel where t…
Bandung
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