Because I was so exhausted and I felt like we already had a full day, I was already half-wishing that our next stop would be our hotel. But, Herman thought that it would be good for us to do a jeep trek in Mt. Merapi, which literally means Fire Mountain in Indonesian or Javanese. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and its most recent biggest eruption happened in 2006. And, although I was surprised and I was sure that if I had told my loved ones that we were going to visit an active volcano, they would’ve given it to me, I was still grateful that Herman brought us there to experience the place.
While we were on board the jeep, my thought bubble was, “Where the hell are we? Are we safe here?” I don’t remember agreeing with Angge that we should do this trek because it was kind of dangerous and we thought that we had to do a legitimate trek, i.e., on foot, which I definitely would’ve said no to.
There were ongoing mining activities so a lot of workers were there. It kind of reminded me being in a mountain in the Philippines where I couldn’t understand the language spoken. And, the fact that our driver-guide didn’t speak English as comprehensible as Herman did added to the anxiety.
But, when he did a stop and, in his broken English, told us that the ruins used to be a pre-school where children played, I was brought back to my senses and I felt sad. I said a prayer for the souls of these children and chose to be grateful that I was still experiencing living and breathing.
We visited the house of one of those who lost his family because of the eruption in 2006. It kind of gave me the vibe I got from when we visited the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh – human beings used to live there and, in just an instant, there was nothing. I was reminded of my humanity. I was reminded of the inevitability of death.
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