We leave Blitar tomorrow. I’m very sad about this. We have already started making plans to return. Why? Because it’s one of the most colourful, friendly, open and relaxing towns I’ve been to. If not ever, then certainly for a long time.
A quick google search of what to do in Blitar, particularly since Mt. Kelud is still out of bounds, doesn’t exactly paint an interesting picture. But I think it’s all the better for that. It means instead of roaming around looking for statues and museums and shops, or companies to take us further afield and away from the heat of the town, we spent our time roaming the streets in the early morning – before the crippling heat of the day set in. And I’ve loved every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong, there are a number of temples and other activities in the surrounding area, we just chose not to do them, and I think we are richer for it.
I really do hope we return here, as it feels like unfinished business. I urge people to visit and just wander, meet the people, look around, and soak it up. Huge gallery of photos below…rest assured, this is just a small sample of the photos I took – and I haven’t even written about all the delicious food here yet!
Big thanks to Papa Melodyssey who bought me a great camera as a going away present. Not entirely sure I’m doing it justice yet, but I am trying.
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