May 10, 2015

Java Journey - stop #2 - The reality of surreal joys

Kawah Putih, Crater Lake south west of the city of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

Kawah Putih, was surreal. At first glance you could make out the entire expanse of a lake, but not quite. The highly acidic lake, constantly billowing steam and sulfurous gas.  Also mist flowed in, given that the lake was 2,430m a.s.l. So at a point it was hard to see the lake, but in between strong gusts of wind, you could see the surrounding crater walls blanketed by deep forests, but the trees on the shore bore thin and lifeless. Despite the overpowering smell of sulphur the lake is a beautiful place to stop and catch a breath and let yourself be.

It makes you wonder
all you can be, all the people around
the reflections of you and me.
And the mist renders it unclear
of where the next steps lie
somewhere between faith and knowledge
questioning the ties.