CSIF 2012 Bali Journey 20-25 October 2012
Day 2: 21 October 2012
I woke up very early because of excitement. Steve made me breakfast, we had quick breakfast and a little chat, then he dropped me off at Lempuyangan train station. Isro had waited there. We were going to take Sri Tanjung economy train to Banyuwangi at 7.30am. The ticket costs Rp 35.000,-. It would be a long journey since it’s written that we would arrive in Banyuwangi at 9.10pm because economy trains stop in every station. FYI, we should have bought direct connecting ticket to Ubung bus station Denpasar, Bali. Ask the train station officer for more information, and always bring your ID card or passport.
Nothing much you can do on a train, but you don’t have to worry about food or drink. Lots of hawkers passing along the way. The price is a bit higher than normal, but still affordable. Hot coffee for Rp 2.500,-, glass instant noodles for Rp 6.000,-, fried tofu or banana chips for Rp 1.000,-/pack.
We used most of our time to rest, saving the energy for CSIF 2012. Isro just got back from climbers camp, and I was still in charge of a district seminar. We had more space because Ria and Gilang already bought the train tickets.
Enjoy the view outside the window. Beautiful. You also can read a book, listen to music or just daydream. Bring power bank to charge your cellphone if you want use the internet, or just to keep your phone on.
A CSIF 2012 committee contacted me. She gave me a link for detailed information about the CSIF agenda. She asked if we got a host in Bali, then she also gave a host reference to us. I called our host in Ubud and she agreed to host us because she would attend the same CSIF social work. Right after that, another host contacted me via CS website! What a nice coincidence, but I had to decline her kind offer because we just got a host.
We met two older men on the train who gave us informations about the transportation from Banyuwangi to Bali. We must ride the ferry to cross Bali strait from Ketapang harbor, Banyuwangi, to Gilimanuk harbor, Bali. Ketapang harbor is just outside Banyuwangi train station. They suggested us to take bus from Banyuwangi to Ubung bus station instead of riding the ferry then find a bus from Gilimanuk to Ubung.
There is a minimarket across the street, and there are buses to Bali. We got on a bus and paid Rp 30.000,-/person, ferry ticket included. Prepare your ID card or passport because they will check it once you arrived in Bali.