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Bali – Flores Part IV | Moni to Muamere

Four awesome things about this post:

1 – I make a cameo in my own blog! This may be unprecedented.
2 – This was the day an egg dropped out of the sky onto my camera bag on top of a mountain. Don’t Ask.
3 – Hitch hiked from Moni to Paga Beach in a fish delivery truck.
4 – I’m finally done the Flores adventure pictures!

Bali – Flores Part III | Bajawa

I really had no idea how to spend a week in Flores. My decision to stop in Bajawa was based soley on the fact that our ranger/guide on Rinca was from Bajawa, and he was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, so I figured that if everyone in Bajawa was as nice as him, I should go there. (I’m not entirely sure why I thought there would be any connenction. Everywhere has awesome people and less-awesome people). Turns out, I was kind of right. Everyone in Bajawa was super nice and we were treated like family from the minute we arrived.

Had an awesome time exploring there, even though the guys tried to take us down the side of a mountain to go to a waterfall and I’m pretty sure we never would have gotten back up if we actually went with them and slid all the way down. And then they wouldn’t even take me to buy vanilla!

This was about the time I achieved the impossible and become totally sick of nasi padang. I didn’t think I’d ever reach that stage, but I pretty much ate only bus-stop-quality nasi padang for the entire trip, so by this point I just stopped eating altogether.

I was going to add the rest of the Flores trip to this post, but there was just too many pictures for anyone’s good. The rest will be up soon.

Marselino Toa - coollllllll….

Giancarlo Cittolin - A very personal view of Ngada land, Flores

Bali – Flores Part II | Lombok – Labuan Bajo

Apparently it’s supposed to be the journey that matters, not the destination. Not true when you’re taking 2 days worth of buses and boats to Labuan Bajo. The trip sucks, but the destination totally makes up for it.

It’s not every day you get to go dragon hunting. (Sorry, not hunting – dragon “observing” – those beasties are protected). You need to be seriously committed, because it’s a bloody long way from the rest of civilization. When I bought my Bus/Boat ticket to Labuan Bajo on Gili Trawangan I was told it was like 18 hours or something. WRONG! I think the whole trip worked out to 38 hours or something stupidly long like that. Plenty of opportunities for horrible buses with your choice of the seat that’s not attached to the floor or the one you need to share with a motorbike. It takes a lot to scare me, but our night bus across Sumbawa freaked me right out. We were going ridiculously fast for no reason at all and over taking everyone else on the road who was going a reasonable speed. I now understand how those major bus disasters happen that you hear about every now and then.

Fast forward to the part we finally got off our last ferry ride (8 hours from Sape on the eastern point of Sumbawa to Labuan Bajo), slept for the night and hopped back on a boat first thing the next morning and headed 2 hours back in the direction we had come from to Rinca island to visit the dragons. Amazing. Labuan Bajo is super pretty, and the trip out to Rinca was beautiful. The Komodo dragons were just the icing on the cake. Here’s some pictures.

magda - I just love those photos! I like the way you show the world, it’s very inspirational and I feel like dropping everything and going to Indonesia tomorrow!

Bali – Flores Part I | Bali and Lombok

In my life of adventures, some are more epic than others. This Bali – Flores trip was one of the best. It started and ended in Bali, which is a pretty decent way to start anything. Other than the first weekend in Bali that I had Penny with me to help me get lost and apropriately sun burned I was alone the rest of the time. I keep trying to decide whether I prefer to travel alone or with friends. I can’t decide. I like both.

After Bali, I decided to go back to Gili Trawangan for some beach time. Unfortunately it’s getting a little less relaxing there and the beach isn’t quite as nice. They had a big storm that smashed up the reefs a while before :( Now most of the beaches have coral chunks on them are less nice to walk on. Keep in mind that my standards in beaches are WAY too high, so it’s still pretty nice ;)

From the Gilis you can get to Flores either by boat (nice expensive one or a less nice, less expensive one) or over land for damn cheap but involves shuttle boat, waiting, van, waiting, bus, waiting, ferry, bus, waiting, van, waiting, ferry and finally arriving about 40 hours later. Guess which one I opted for. That’s part II of the trip and coming up super soon.

dean - wow, amazing photos!! it’s such a beautiful place – I’ve been to only Bali & Gili T, and you captured them so brilliantly!

Magalie - Darn you and your food photos… I’d go back to Bali for that pig, right now! Great post btw :)

Anand and Layla | Kota Bahru Wedding Dinner

I’m back in action! My abscence from posting has not only been due to months of laziness, but also that when I actually went to make this post weeks ago WordPress and/or prophoto was giving me all sorts of problems and wouldn’t let my post images as I like them. It would let me post them in all sorts of other ways, but I’m stubborn. Turns out I’m so stubborn that I didn’t read the instructions it was giving me to make some updates. Think it’s all settled and I should be good to go now!

I’ve got about a year worth of posting to do, but I’ll start it off with Anand and Layla’s wedding from Kota Bahru a few months back. Super fun evening (the guys from Koh Lanta are always fun), except poor Anand got dengue and had to make an escape from the hospital to attend his own wedding dinner!