The Real Daisy Blue Part 7: The worst bus in the whole entire world

5/7/96

 

Malang
Malang

Today we left freezing, out-in-the-back-of-nowhere Bromo to… A CITY! Yes that’s right folks. Beautiful Malang, complete with KFC, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts! Also, on the ahh, cultural side, dahlinks, it has simply gorgeous Dutch Architecture! Sorry about that but I LOVE Malang! We have eaten Maccas & KFC all day today. It’s not the same as home but it reminds us of home! Unfortunately we’re only here for 2 nights! Boohoo!

6/7/96

 

Today we shopped. Ahh shopping. Nothing like it to soothe those nerves! I blew 51,000 [rupiah] (admittedly only around A$26 but 51,000 sounds so much better), on a pair of excellent suede style(fake, no cows killed in the making of these shoes), loafers, which I love to death. But they’ve totally blown my budget! Why oh why do we have to leave Malang? Tomorrow it’s off to Solo, city of kratons.

7/7/96

 

Solo
Solo

Today we took a bus to Solo. When I say “a bus” I mean not just any bus. No, we had to get stuck with THE WORST BUS IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. Along with THE WORST DRIVER IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD. The bus was supposed to be an “air conditioned luxury tourist bus” but no air cond. Once, the air cond went totally bung and smoke poured everywhere! Aaggh! Anyway we arrived at Solo at around 4:00. We got a nice hotel called the Hotel Cendana. We don’t have our own bathroom but it’s right next door so I (think I) can cope. Seeya!