We took a flight to Surabaya and had our train onward to a tiny little town called Banyuwangi. The journey was a 7 hour one and a would-be memorable one. 3 hours into the journey, in the cafeteria of the train, we bumped into two backpackers from Netherlands - Julia and Marissa. They had been classmates back in school and were travelling for a couple of weeks through Indonesia. And as coincidence would have it - they were on their way to see the blue flames of Ijen as well. Almost instantaneously, we decided to hike together - the four of us.