This is a blog post with a lot of pictures from my two weeks of jumping from one awesome location to another. Bali, Komodo and Lombok is a deadly combination. Damn I love Indonesia.
Baik baik motorbike
Bring a crew of legends, rent a villa in Berawa, rent scooters, go sunrise surfing, eat breakfast, get in the pool, eat hipster certified lunch, find yourself in a rice field, drink some vanilla bullshit latte cappa thing (Larry!), get drunk on a beach bar while watching the sunset, be hyperactive on social media, eat something half-vegan, get back to the pool… This is how you Bali. It’s pretty awesome!
I would highly recommend getting under the touristy surface and learning more about Bali’s fascinating culture. There are probably many ways to do this, but one way is to do a language course with Cinta Bahasa. My teachers were awesome! Here are some phrases to get you going:
“Selamat pagi” (Good morning)
“Apa kabar?” (How are you?)
“Baik-baik motorbike” (I’m good (and funny))
“Mau ke mana?” (Where are you going?)
“Ke hatimu” (To your heart)
“Jangan kepo!” (Don’t be nosy)
“Minta satu bir” (One beer please)
“Satu lagi!” (One more!)
I never take a lot of pictures when I’m in Bali. I don’t know why.
Smartphones and chickens
A three-day boat trip in Komodo National Park is a perfect combination of short adventure stops and a lot of time chilling on the boat.
This time I specifically asked to go to Padar Island for sunrise or sunset. We ended up doing both. Padar Island is the third biggest island in the national park, located between Rinca and Komodo Isand. A short hike gives you the most beautiful view in the world.
During a trip like this you get two chances to see the dinosaurs. First on Rinca Island, then on Komodo Island. These very lazy creatures are mostly laying around doing nothing, but they are deadly animals and one dragon alone can easily kill and eat a buffalo. There are many of these giant lizards on these islands, just remember that when the only thing protecting you is one guide and his wooden stick…
“They have chickens and goats in their houses, but they have smartphones. Amazing.” (Stjørdaling 2017). We made a stop in the village on Komodo Island. The kids in the village are awesome! They were a bit shy at first, but after I asked them if I could take a picture of them they almost wouldn’t let us leave the island. Everywhere in Indonesia you will meet happy and friendly people.
Some people say I’m wasting my time going to Komodo without diving, the national park is frequently found on lists for top diving destinations in the world. A trip to Komodo is fantastic even without the diving! It’s hard to choose the best part of the trip, but snorkeling with manta rays is definitely up there.
This was my second trip to Komodo, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my last. I’ll try to include some diving in my next visit. Check out my post from my last trip to Komodo.
If there is some part of the national park that I’ve been missing out on, please let me know!
Cut the banana!
Last year I went to Lombok to celebrate Easter for a week with a group of friends. This year my friends went home to Norway to play in the snow, so I went to Lombok alone to keep the Easter tradition alive. Gerupuk is like a second home for me in Indonesia. The surf is great, there are many cool places to visit, and the locals (like everywhere else in Indonesia) are great people.
They were setting up for a party in the village. Cooking a lot of food, singing karaoke and putting up decoration. It went on for three days and nights. Luckily it all happened right outside my bedroom so I didn’t miss out on any of it. At one point they were carrying a little boy and his mother on a horse through the streets, accompanied by live flute music from a pair of speakers.
What is all this for?
“They will cut the banana.”
Huh? Oh, you mean his banana?
The whole village was involved and very excited. Except maybe the little boy whose banana was about to be cut…
Two great weeks out of office came to an end. Back in Jakarta now looking at calendars, maps and bank accounts. Next up is a visit to Heaven.