We woke up early in Semarang to take the bus down to the
train station. We said goodbye to our fantastic bus drivers Mas Eko (the main
driver) and Mas Agus (Eko’s assistant). I along with the other boys really
enjoyed chatting to these guys during our entire journey, and they were very
Then we took a long four-hour train ride from Semarang to Surabaya. Then, from there we took another bus to Mt. Penanjakan. This journey took a few hours. Once we got to the mountain and climbed up it a little bit, we had to change into two smaller minibuses, because the coach was too big to climb up the steep and winding road. As we climbed the mountain, it started getting much colder, more than we were used to in Indonesia. After another hour, at dusk, we finally arrived at our accommodation. We were tired and had an early dinner and group reflection. Then we were in bed by about 8 o’clock because we had to be up at 3:30 the next morning.
By Louis Vulich, Year 9