It has been a long time since I have been able to update this blog, as I have had such short times in every place I have visited that I was too busy to sit down and take the time to publish this all. I am now settled down in Simons Town South Africa, where I will be for the next month and a half. It is very nice to stop moving for a little while, but it is the moving that has lead me through all of the adventures of the past months. I have so many awesome pictures and experiences to share, but it will take me a while to work backwards through all of it, so expect updates sporadically through the coming weeks. The pictures and stories within this post are from my 10 days in Indonesia, which I spent on the islands of Bali, Gili Air, and Lombok. It was really invigorating to experience a cultural departure unlike anything I had experienced in NZ or Oz, and as is true with almost everywhere I have been so far, I wish I had more time to spend in this beautiful country. Now, onto the photos:
The Tanah Lot Temple, accessible only at low tide.
The archway at dusk
The music was played by lots of boys playing a wide variety of instruments, ranging from a type of flute to different types of xylophone-esque instruments.
The Aling Aling waterfall, which was actually a string of falls stretching down a river, but this was the largest of the bunch.
That day I did some of the coolest scuba diving of my life on the wreck of the USS Liberty, an old naval vessel that was sunk during WWII near Bali then washed up right offshore to a small town called Tulamben. The marine life and corals were really healthy and it was so cool to swim around the metal skeleton on the ship.
Most of the ascent was through this rocky sand, which made the descent very slippery, and I would by lying if I said I didn’t have a few spills.
In the last hour or so of the descent, the skies completely opened up and the track turned into a rapidly flowing river. I was unable to capture the most torrential moments as I was more occupied with not slipping, but it was probably the biggest rainstorm I have ever been in with no shelter and it turned out to be quite fun. I just felt bad for the people that were just starting their walk up.