Found Online – Kawah Ijen – Indonesia

All my writing lately has been more about my travels than Indonesia. I have around three updates waiting to be written but all something other than Indonesia. So I feel slightly bad about this, I am even contemplating on creating another blog to write things about my travels but in Indonesian language. However i am not sure I can maintain 2 blogs. (╯︵╰,)

Well that is a 1st world problem from a girl who came from the 3rd world country. I thought I would do an update about things I found online in relation to Indonesia.

The news is that many parts of Indonesia is suffering, Menado, North Sulawesi just had a massive flooding from the sea; Jakarta is pretty much been under the water, in Indonesian this is called Banjir ( band jeer), too due to the amount of non-stop torrential rain for the last 2 months; then the Eruption of mount sinabung in Sumatra and Kelud volcano in Java. (╥_╥)

Makes me think a lot about volcanoes, both the good and bad about having tons of them in Indonesia. This is when I found this article on Smithsonian website, Why this Indonesian volcano burn bright blue? Beautiful pictures by French photographer Olivier Grunewald.

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The photographer spent 30 days near the crater to take these pictures ,that it took them 3 week when they are home to get rid of the smell of the sulfur. Also during his month there he lost a camera and 2 lenses due to the extreme corosive sulfur dioxide. Yet there are Indonesians who mine the sulfurs at 12 hours a day for around $5/ day for years.

Beautiful yet so dangerous. What do you think?

I am terribly sorry for the possibily depressing update. I promise the next won’t be.

—–in bahasa Indonesia – Not at all a direct translation——

Kasian juga yah bapak-bapak yang kerja menambang dikawah-kawah hanya untuk Rp680/kilo. Foto-foto indah ini diambil oleh Photographer Perancis Olivier Grunwald. Olivier bilang dalam waktu sebulan dimana dia mendokumentasikan kwah Ijen, 1 kamera dan 2 lensa miliknya rusak/ hancur karena asap sulfur dioksida kawah ijen yang korosif.