I am stressed. In front of me are the mountains of Flores, they pile up at the coast, tall and green. Behind me lies a six-hour ride on a crowded and rocking ferry. I could get hold of only a small spot at the deck, overlooking the endless blue sea. But all this is not the reason for my stress.
The strong smell of fresh coffee is accompanied by the smell of deep fried snacks. It takes me just a few seconds to identify the house from which the smell is coming and I push my bike the last few metres along the dusty road. Children are playing tag but now they stop to look at the strange visitor. A group of women is busy roasting coffee but my attention is now taken by a bowl full of rice.
Here the coffeebeans get grinded
Bali is considered by many people as a paradise – but these people usually haven´t been in other parts of Indonesia. For me, this touristy island is rather less exciting and I opt for a route along the north coast of the island to escape the party- and mass tourism in the south.
It is more than a year ago that I have been to Laos, Bangladesh even longer. Finally I found the time to edit these videos.
That one from Laos is in german but with english subtitles. That one from Bangladesh is basicly just some GoPro footage and some photos from a market with some bengali music. Enjoy!
Discovering the world on a bicycle – Laos from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.
Discovering the world on a bicycle – Bangladesh from Florian Schmale on Vimeo.
The Bromo-Tenger-Semeru-Nationalpark is one of the famous sights in Java. In the nearby city of Malang are many tour agencys who can organize jeep trips to the vulcano. I decide to go by bicycle, store half of my lugagge at a friends place, organize a warm sleeping bag and go.
Hot and humid it is. And steep!
Karimun Jawa is a group of islands at the northcoast of Java. Shireen and I decide to stay there for a few days.
There are not many tourists, so it is easy to find a place at the beach to pitch the tent
Yogyakarta is known as the cultural center of the Island Java. It is a student city with several universitys. I show you here what I captured with my camera.
This vehicel is powered by pedals and has a music system
Merbabu – Mountain of Ash
The vulcano Merbabu (meru=mountain, abu=ash) is the twin vulcano of Merapi, and just 10 km away. Unlike Merapi, Merbabu is not an active vulcano and not dangerous. Starting point for this adventure is again the village of Selo. But this tiem we want to hike down on the other side of the mountain, so we don´t go by motorbike. Instead we reach Selo by a mix of bus, hitchiking and walking.
Transportation is slow in Indonesia and it is already dark when Shireen and I reach selo. In the dark we walk to the basecamp and pitch our tent.
The vulcano Merapi (meru = mountain, api = fire) is one of the most dangerous and active vulcanos in the world. It is situated 35 km north of Yogyakarta and easy reachable for a small adventure. A friend of mine from the froghouse and I grab a tent, warm cloth, some food and water and make our way to Selo, a village situated at the foot of the mountain.
Merapi is covered in thick clouds when Shireen and I arrive by motorbike at the basecamp in the afternoon.