Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia
Mar 7, 2012 - Crossing the Equator
Today we cross the Equator, the center point of the earth which divides the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. King Neptune (known in Greek mythology as Poseidon) oversees this part of the world. He uses his trident – a spear with three points on its head – to shatter rocks and call for or subdue storms. In time-honored seafaring fashion, we attend a ceremony to honor King Neptune in return for safe passage to the Northern Hemisphere and smooth waters. The ship’s staff has searched from bow to stern to find the perfect offerings. These...Jump to full entry
Mar 6, 2012 - Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
We tender ashore to take a tour to explore the fascinating culture of Lombok in Indonesia. Lombok is an island west of Bali and advertises itself as the “unspoiled Bali” in an attempt to draw more tourism. Tourism is Lombok’s highest source of income and we are warmly welcomed at the pier by Indonesian dancers. It is a 45 minute bus ride inland to Mataram, the capital city. The area is agriculturally fertile and we pass many rice and water spinach fields. Mount Rinjani is the island’s most dramatic geological landmark rising 12,224 feet. It...Jump to full entry
Nov 27, 2011 - Went to the well but the water was dry....
Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky Looked in the bottom and what did I see? The whole damned world looking back at me.... Satu Lagi! (One More) Here I am back in Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. I'm sitting in my friend Alfredo's villa looking out at blue skies and swaying palm trees. The weather is warm, no hot, and the pool looks incredibly enticing. I promised myself though that I would get a journal entry up and posted with a few pictures before succumbing to the urge to lie around and do nothing. So, I am back on the road and...Jump to full entry
Nov 24, 2011 - Thanksgiving Day
Today is Thanksgiving Day. And I get to spend it in paradise. How very very happy I am. And still so very grateful to be able to be where I'm at at this very moment in time. I start out for a walk on the esplanade and stop for a juice at EGO, where they have wifi. I post a beach picture to Facebook, just because it doesn't seem fair to keep this all to myself, it needs shared. Finally decide on a piece of perfect beach, and into the water I go again!! Met several people today from all over, one from France, 2 from Sydney, 2 from...Jump to full entry
Nov 23, 2011 - Paradise. Bliss. Heaven. Escape. Love. Beauty.
Have you ever looked back at your life and had that one day in particular that you remember exactly how you felt, exactly how things smelled, and it's almost like a movie of parts of the day are played back in your mind? Well I hope that yesterday is like that for me. I never want to forget the awesomeness of yesterday. I woke up at the ass crack of dawn, and walked down the narrow winding back walkway that took me away from the homestay that I had been at for the night, across the street to the place that we had arranged to pick up and...Jump to full entry
Jun 13, 2011 - Retour vers Sengigi
Ce matin nous retournerons vers midi a Sengigi, Sofi va bien mais le ventre est tres fragile. Nous n avions pas apporte medicaments avec nous...pas fort! En arrivant on comande un Club et des frites! Sofi fera une sieste car elle est fatiguee et la chaleur frappe. Je vais faire du snorkling et boire de la Bintang! Nous quittons pour Ubud demain, j ai devance notre vol et l hotel nous attend. Nous passerons 5 jours a Ubud. Ce soir encore du street food...Jump to full entry
Jun 12, 2011 - Gilli Tranwallagan
Nous prenons un fast boat ce matin...direction tranlawagan pour plongee e passer deux jours sur l'ile . Bien aime ma plongee, beaucoup de courant...la visibilite est excellente, beaux coraux, beaucoup de poissons...pas d'oiseaux comme dit Sofi! J ai vu une enorme tortue que j'ai flatte a son passage tout pres de moi, murene, thon, snapper, etc. Nous allons par la suite a l hotel relaxer et ramasser des coquillages sur la plage. Sofi a un peu mal au ventre, mais rien de grave... Nous passons une tres belle journee a la fa niente...tres tres...Jump to full entry
Jun 11, 2011 - Expédition aux îles Gillies en bateau
Nous louons un bateau traditionnel ce matin avec capitaine...super cool..ca reseemble a une araignee d eau. Nous faisons 1 heure vers les Gillies, 3 petites iles paradisiaques ...meno, air et tranwalagam. On ns debarque a la plus grande tranl. Ounous partons a velo...prend environ 1 heure faire le tour...ouf que c chaud! Je n avais jamais vu de si belles couleurs en mer...bleu tellement fonce, un vert turquoise et emerude...c a faire rever. Le bat ici est HYPER mellow...chill, Sofi et moi aimons et nous reservons une chambre pourdemain soir...Jump to full entry
Jun 10, 2011 - De Munduk à Lombok
Journee se deroule bien et on retourne a l aeroport de Denpasar ou ns prenons un vol domestique vers Mataram. La soeur de Noyan a finalement pu ns acheterles billets car ce fut tout un defi...vive LionAir. Vol de 30 minutes...apres 27 heures...une vraie joke! Arrivee a l hotel de Sengigi, tres bien et en plus sur le bras deSofi qui est SPG member, on ns upgrade ds une chambre avec vue surmer...encore une fois...superbe! Je sais que je dois etre tannant mais c vraiment beau :-) Ns sommes un peu fatigues, car depRt de munduk a 6:45 am...Jump to full entry
Jun 3, 2011 - Inspiration, move me brightly....
Light the song with sense of colour Hold away despair More than this I will not ask Faced with mysteries dark and vast Statements just seem vain at last Some rise, some fall, some climb To get to Terrapin.... Some dive .... to get to Terrapin. So I finally did it, I made it to 100 meters this week. Unbelievable. I am sitting here on the surface - at sea level - and it seems somewhat unreal to me that just a couple of days ago I was down that deep. Wow! It was a lot of work to get there. I'm hanging here on Gili Trawangan living and loving...Jump to full entry
May 14, 2011 - I see skies of blue..... clouds of white....
Bright blessed days..... Dark sacred nights And I think to myself..... What a wonderful world.... My days have been blessed and I am so full of wonder that I am overwhelmed at times. I'm back in Indonesia. I was a little fried from the road and burnt out from constantly being on the move so I decided to take a vacation from my vacation. I thought to myself no better place to go decompress then on an amazing little island that I found on my travels last year - Gili Trawangan. It is a small island off the north-west coast of Lombok which...Jump to full entry
May 14, 2011 - Gili Islands
We had an early start again! All hung over we climbed a bus that took us to our ferry to go to gili islands! when we arrived we arranged a room, had some food and than went straight to beach! I slept there for an hour! than I went to see the diving schools and made my choice! diving class will start tomorrow! I'm soooo excited! the next day reini and i had a long lay in and than breakfast together. Than the girls left to go to check out the island and than to the beach and i went to the diving school. I had a fresh'n up course at about...Jump to full entry