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on the road with Luisa

June the 5th – 22nd 2011

When we arrived in Lombok and body and soul had realised that the action-filled-days were over, my body decided on its own consequences: a cold. Absolutely fun with 30°C and 90% if humidity, I can tell you! (Only beaten by a light food poisoning which limited my range of mobility to 3.5m around the bathroom). So we looked for a place to relax and what could be a better place than “Honeymoon Island” Gili Meno? Gili Meno is the smallest of the three so called Gili Islands and one can walk around it easily in 2h max. Main attractions here are restaurants, hotel resorts, a diving school (one of the best ones in the world in fact) as well as white sandy beaches with endless opportunities to chill in the sun and snorkelling. So here we were… in the paradise for couples… and were bored to death :oD (At this point I want to express my deepest respect and gratitude again to Chris for putting up with me (and not drowning me for a matter of convenience in the sea)… me being sick, food poisoned, bored, overall globally out of balance and constantly overheated in the way too hot “honeymoon-paradise” really is no fun, I can tell you!)

As you see we managed to pass our time on Gili Meno… it just took some time till we got used to a slower pace and got used to relaxation – even though we realised that beach-holiday really is not our thing, we really needed this slow down.

But Chris said that the snorkelling spots really were spectacular – like stepping into an aquarium… with incredible corals, tropical fish and huge turtles! Highly recommended on Gili Meno is also the daily fish BBQ with the best and freshest fish one can imagine and wish for. Just take your pick and watch the guys filleting and grilling it in front of your eyes. Yummy!

We then went back to Lombok to meet Luisa – a friend of mine from Marburg. Luisa is volunteering at a secondary school in Tegal/Central Java and had 3 weeks off, so we could spend some time together! More than once we were happy to have her local-knowledge and Indonesian language skills, leave alone her abilities to negotiate which were way better than ours :o) First we explored Lombok together for a bit and then she even came to Bali with us, where we set up a Base Camp in Ubud so we didn’t have to move and pack all the time. From there we made a day trip, visiting some temples and beaches… apart from that we only had “relaxing, shopping, eating, chatting and Massages” on our to-do-list left :o)



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok



market scenes, Lombok









on the beach in Kuta, Lombok



Luisa on the beach in Kuta, Lombok



Luisa on the beach in Kuta, Lombok



Temple Pura Batu Bolong at dusk, Lombok



people from the village come to the waterfall for showering, Senaru, Lombok



the 2nd waterfall, near Senaru, Lombok



daytrip around the rice fields around Senaru, Lombok



rice fields around Senaru, Lombok



rice fields around Senaru, Lombok



children bathing in the canal, village near Senaru, Lombok



you can’t get coconuts any fresher than that!



on the boat to Bali



Statue in a Hindu Temple, Ubud, Bali



balinese dancers in the palace, Ubud, Bali



rice terraces in Bali





in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali



in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali



in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali



in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali



in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali



tiny fellow, as you can see by the finger-sized banana



cuddle-time



the idea of „group cuddling“



…interesting…?



sign in front of a temple, Bali



Christian „properly dressed“ for a visit in the temple



…yeah I know…we don’t look any better :o)



in the „butterfly park“, Bali



in the butterfly park



it might not work that well on Luisa’s Sarong, but out in the wild this camouflage is excellent! butterfly park,  Bali



getting close and cosy… butterfly park, Bali



favourite butterfly… it hardly ever move its wings but rather sails so it looks like a piece of parchment in the wind

1 Kommentar auf “on the road with Luisa”

  1. Teena sagt:

    ich mag das Tempel-Signboard…haettet ihr das nicht abschrauben und mitbringen koennen? :) vermiss euch, echt ey!