‘A city of punks and prayer, serious religion and serious coffee’ @lonelyplanet. We quickly discovered that tea is a big thing too. Tea, especially of the jasmine variety is widely grown and served everywhere.
Before I continue with my travels, I have a confession. As careful as I was with my phone, the inevitable had to happen. I dropped my phone into the lake whilst sitting between two rocks. Mesmerized by the absolutely still green lake, set in a massive tea plantation with mountains as a backdrop and clouds coming down to kiss the tips of the tea leaves, I forgot I had left my phone on my lap. I frantically called on a young javanese who valiantly pulled some reeds and magically got the phone out the lake. Along the lake was a couple of warung’s, small street side cafes, and a lady brought out some rice for me to put my phone in. Sadly my phone is damaged and with it all my photographs.
Our next stop was Kawah Puti, an acidic crater lake. A gorgeous looking white sulphuric lake, with that, a terrible-pungent odour from the sulphuric acid. After a while, for some people, it feels like fumes are attacking your brain. Hence, it is advisable to wear masks when visiting. The sulphur in the lake has caused the trees around to die.
There used to be a great myth surrounding this lake. People believed it was deadly and that even the birds that would fly above would die. This myth was debunked by Dr Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, a geographer visited the lake himself to prove otherwise. Since then it has been a popular local tourist destination near Bandung.
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