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Bondowoso is a regency in East Java, Indonesia. The common dialects are Madurese and Javanese, although Madurese is the majority. The nearest largest city is Surabaya, approximately three hours' drive away. Common in most provincial towns is a park in the city center, called "Alun-Alun". Bondowoso is no exception. In the backdrop of the park is a magnificent view of a mountain ("gunung").
Tourist spots include Kawa Ijen, a crater lake. For hiking enthusiasts and those game to view natural sceneries, the climb to the crater is around 1.5 to 3 hours (depending on one's finess). Other spots are Gunung Merapi and waterfalls.
Bondowoso is known for its dessert, "tape" (pronounced "tah-peh"), to the extent that it is fondly named "Tape city". Essentially, tape is tapioca added with a special kind of flour that acts as a preservative. Medium-sized slices of tape is wrapped in banana leaves, kept in a light container for 5 days. Once opened, the rich intoxicating aroma of the tape giddies the senses. And they are now ready to be consumed.