It’s a shame having to miss out on some of your best friends’ wedding, but a real honour being part of their honeymoon!!
Totally by coincidence, when we called to congratulateJasper and Dorien, they turned out to be heading to Indonesia. And they were willing to spend their last week with us!
We met at Gili Air, where we took the time to catch up with some cocktails on tropical beaches.
The next day, we headed to Lombok to undertake a climb of Indonesia’s 2nd highest volcano: the Rinjani. What a hike that was!! If you think hiking is relaxing, think again. This was blood, sweat and tears…
Day 1: Nothing but uphill to the rim.
Day 2: Down to the crater lake, a swim in a hot spring and up up up again to get to the foot of the famous Rinjani.
Day 3: Getting up at 2:30 am (thank god, it was so cold in the tent that I was glad to get out) to start the climb to the very top. The climb was – without exaggerating – absolutely horrible! The soil was so sandy that with every step you took, you fell down half a step again. We were so tired and cold that we didn’t have the power to encourage each other. The way to the top was a pure matter of character. We were supposed to get there before sunrise, but by the time we got to the top the sun was up and clouds were the only thing left of the nice view. Bummer! Not to mention the 2 hours to get down again to have breakfast and the 6 hours more to get to the end point. That last 6 hours were luckily downhill, but my toes were already so sore that even that was unbearable.
Conclusion: never again!
(still happy here)
The next day, it was time to take the boat to Lombok again. The heavy wind and high waves made this trip one to never forget for Jasper&Dorien (#seasick). What a nice way to spend your honeymoon! 😉
The last 2 days we spent in Seminyak, the upperclass part of Bali. At least we were sure to spend the last days without unexpected bad experiences.
My birthday was one of the best I ever had. What’s better than spending it amongst good friends, on a tropical beach and with just enough (or was it too much?) Bintang. 😉
And then it was time to say goodbye to Jasper&Dorien and to Indonesia, and say hello to Thailand, our final destination…