Tranquility on carless Gili Air. You can wander around the whole of Gili Air in about 90 minutes or hire a bicycle.
The four sea turtles I saw in these waters made my day.
Gorgeous bungalows where we stayed. There were only a handful of bungalows and the staff were friendly and helpful. It’s away from the main drag so very quiet, other than the roosters that crowed all night!
It would be so nice to have more carless places.
Gili Air has a population of about 1,800. Here, the locals gather in preparation of a wedding party.
Horse and cart is the other mode of transport.
Local women preparing meals for the wedding party that usually last a few days.
Gili Air, Lombok
Family chilling out
View of Mt Rinjani (3,726 metres) is the second highest volcano in Indonesia.
Mt Rinjani at 3,726 metres, only visible early in the morning during our visit.
My guide Dan who is also the cook. Here he is making fresh chilli sauce from scratch in the middle of nowhere.
No need for freeze-dried meals when you can haul a wok!
Another 2 hours to the crater rim.
After the rain.
It took me 7 hours and a 2000m ascent to reach the crater rim. Without me, but still with a pack, Dan would take max 3 hours to get there. In flip flops.
Neighbour in the mist.
Crater rim, at approx 2700m. It was a tough hike for me but the view was stunning. On the right is the smaller volcano Mt Baru with smoke coming out. Mt Baru was formed a couple of hundred years ago.
Crater rim, Mt Rinjani
Temperature overnight was about 6C. The condition in the early morning was perfect – no wind, no rain and within half an hour, the clouds cleared, slowly revealing the lake and the smaller Mt Baru.
At least once a day a day, these offerings are placed in temples, houses and other buildings, even on motorbike seats and on restaurant shrines.
Accompanied by a prayer, a stick of burning incense and delicately sprinkled with holy water, the offerings act as gifts of gratitude to the Gods and appeasement to negative spirits.
Ubud Royal Palace
Ubud Royal Palace, Bali
Hanging Lobster Claw
Certainly a beautiful setting!
Ubud Palace, Bali
One of many temples in Ubud.
Nature reserve and Hindu temple complex Ubud Monkey Forest.
Temple in Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest
Ducks in rice paddies
Lovely. I could use a dose of Gilli Air…
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