Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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This pic was taken quite some time ago while on a pleas­ure dive some­where deep around Simon’s Reef close to Gili Trawan­gan. It was after the tsunami and we hadn’t had any cus­tom­ers for some time, so we just took the boat out for fun. Con­tinue read­ing

Climbing Gunung Rinjani

I met my fel­low trek­kers, a dutch couple named Robin and Ingrid, at 6 am, when we were all picked up in Sen­g­gigi. It was almost 8 am, when we finally arrived in Sen­aru, where we were intro­duced to Mursan, our guide, and Mordi, our porter for the trip. When we repacked our bags I noticed that Robin and Ingrid were equipped with the best gear money can buy. Well, it only made sense, con­sid­er­ing that they had been to Mount Everest Base Camp and on the sum­mit of Kili­man­jaro. Nev­er­the­less, I felt a bit inad­equate with my Nike train­ers and my flimsy rain­coat. After a yummy break­fast of banana pan­cakes and tea we set off in a bemo to Sem­bu­lan, the start­ing point of our little adven­ture. There we first checked in at the Rinjani Ranger Cen­ter and then short before 10 am we star­ted walk­ing. The first hour was fairly easy, first through rice fields and then later through open coun­tryside. When the forest star­ted it got notice­ably steeper and thus harder. Con­tinue read­ing

My New Room Mates

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I just checked into a room on Gili Trawan­gan. It looked nice. Then, short before I had a shower, I noticed some­thing on the wall. It was a cock­roach. Then I noticed another one. And another one. The shower only dribbles, the toi­let does not work, the light makes the room look like a brothel. Out­side you can hear cats sing their mat­ing song and the door only closes when you actu­ally lock it. I’m back in Asia. It’s good to be home! Con­tinue read­ing

Culinary Delight

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I had never thought that, Lom­bok being a Muslim island, you’d be able to get a pork steak there, let alone a whole spit-roast pig. But obvi­ously I was wrong. When friends and I were invited to din­ner by a really nice Balinese friend of my boss at Dive Indone­sia, we jumped at the oppor­tun­ity and I can tell you, it was abso­lutely deli­cious. Con­tinue read­ing

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