ASK TO THE DUST
Mount Bromo, which stands tall at 2329 m, is one of the most iconic mountain’s in Indonesia. It beckons majestically despite having the entire top blown off and with a crater inside that keeps spewing off white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is still one of the most active volcanoes in the world . It sits inside the massive Tengger caldera (volcanic crater with diameter approximately 10km), surrounded by the Laut Pasir (sea of sand) of fine volcanic sand.
Bromo welcomed me with open arms, on a cold and windy morning, the dark night has left to give way to the first light of the sun, now I can see the tops of the volcanoes, the sunrise, exploding with all its power, gave a stunning show, making me forget the cold caused by the waiting.
I stay until the light of the day comes out strong and warm, I am delighted with the views until my eyes and my soul become fully bathed in the magic of this majestic show of nature before I leave the place.
Then I went down to the valley, where the desert sand stretches for miles, until it reaches the base of the crater. in front of me in the middle of the expanse stands a Hindu temple, the crater is just behind the temple making a fabulous background .
I smell the sulfur already at a distance, the dust raised by the wind, my eyes are red.
I decide to climb to the top, I do it on foot, others rent small horses, the climb up to the crater is challenging, but almost everybody go up, people come from far and wide and want to know,from where does that white smoke come out?, also from there you can observe the whole world, and when you get to the top, there you see a white cloud full of sulfur that leaves you breathless and never fails to rise to the surface, a kind of hell good to see.
I feel strong and vulnerable at the same time up there.
my skin has the smell of sulfur, the taste of dust grains in my mouth, and I am strangely happy.