The Merapi Slope (Or Whatever that was left of it)

DH has written a nice blog entry on it here.

To read more about Mount Merapi click here

Date: Saturday, 5th February 2011

After the visit to Prambanan Temple, our next destination was Kaliadem, or whatever that’s left of it. Before the October 2010 eruption of Merapi, Kaliadem was a popular and well known destination. That day we were going to see what’s left of Kaliadem now..

We were told that due to the rain from the previous day, the main road to our destination could be closed due to the mud flow from  the top of Merapi. Our driver of the day, Pak Gyanto knew the area well, so he took us via some detour, passing through some farming villages:

We even came across some road-clearing work (trying to remove the “lahar dingin”, as the local call them):

We also came across some “snake fruit” trees:

The fruits, known to us as buah salak, are the favourite of our family!

As we were getting closer to our destination, wecame across several motivating banners, like this one:

When we got closer, there was no more fertile ground, except for this:

Really reminded me of the Malay proverb “Padang Jarak Padang Tekukur”:

What’s left of what used to be a house:

too sad to do my jump:

More devastation:

I wonder whose house (or maybe a few houses) this used to be:

Another angle of the same spot, with Jogja in the far background:

Merapi was too shy that day:

Can you imagine that this used to be a fertile area, with packed villages?:

It was the volcanic lava that did it, it was only its “smoke”

Sad eh?

We came across local people trying to rebuild their home while others just sat around the area where their homes used to stand.. A few of them resorted to selling some tidbits and drinks to the visitors to the site.

It was too much to swallow for me. Soon we left the place. On our way down hill, we stopped to buy some of the locak snake fruits, the famous  salak pondoh, as the local call them.

At Rp6000/kg (abt RM2.00) it was definitely a bargain 🙂 .

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