Mount Bromo at sunset

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We walked through the rural village to the sunset viewing point, and noted that the heavily-farmed steep hills looked so much like those of Bhutan. Even the people here looked similar to those we had seen in Bhutan. Every inch of land here seemed to be used to grow something, from cabbages to sweetcorn.

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And the mountains here seem to make their own weather.

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When we got to the top of the hill, we were amazed at the site before us. I had seen photos of Mount Bromo but actually being there was something else.

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Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massive. It sits next to Mount Batok which is green and inactive. And both of these volcanoes sit inside the caldera of a massive ex-volcano, surrounded by what is known as the Sea of Sand. Our guide Mr Hari pointed out the warning notice, and then left us to admire the view as the sun set on our righthandside.

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And as the sun set over the mountains, the plume of smoke belching from Mount Bromo turned a fleeting red colour.

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