Little did I know about bamboo before I came to Bali this summer. I still know just a tiny bit but I'm amazed and inspired by that bit. Mostly with the combination of efficiency, beauty and last but not least sustainability when using bamboo as building material. When we were in Bali this summer we visited Matt Bell, Leon's kiwi childhood friend. He now lives, works & breathes bamboo in a forest/village outside Bali's cultural centre: Ubud. As his home and workplace is truly out of the extraordinary I decided to share a bit here on the blog - there's nothing like inspiration for a different lifestyle, away from the norms of Western societies. Especially not a lifestyle where you help make the world a greener and more beautiful place.
After our exploration of the local chaos in Labuan Bajo and an unforgettable guided tour around the Flores sea to experience the famous spots around Komodo National Park, our last stop was Kanawa Island. This idyllic tiny island is actually part of Komodo National Park and located approximately 1 hours sailing from Labuan Bajo. It has no wifi and is hosting just 1 resort. A must-visit if you have a couple of extra days to spend around Labuan Bajo and highly recommended as a get-away for lovebirds =)
Every child who ever watched Jurassic Park the movie has always dreamed of visiting a real life jurassic park. Well, that is pretty much what we did. They say Komodo Dragons, the huge lizards that live on only a couple of volcanic islands in the Indonesian archipelago, are some of the few surviving dinosaurs we still have on this planet today. So we seized the opportunity to make a visit to the Komodo National Park in the hope to see the dragons...
Going back to Indonesia I had a great adventure waiting: meeting up with Leon on the island known by Lonely Planet as "Indonesia's new big thing": Flores. With a week to spend here before crossing the big waters to first Australia and then New Zealand our itinerary was planned around Komodo National Park and the fishing town Labuan Bajo. A colorful destination that with it's fascinating Komodo dragons, it's tropical beauty and it's amazing in-land and under-water nature is very popular and with numbers of visitors rising.
This small island known as a great spot for surfing, snorkeling, diving & beaching is one out of 3 islands located of the coast of Sanur, the family friendly beachtown in south East Bali. For us, a romantic yoga-surf get-away spot as we are reunited after my yoga teacher training...
After a week in rural Sumbawa we got ready to hit our next destination: Bali. One of the most renowned tourist spots in all of Indonesia. Known for its beautiful beaches, its colorful culture, its amazing landscapes and its wide range of fun activities depending on where you go on the island: surfing, diving, yoga'ing, hiking & partying.
Like most holidays, this week of fun, chill, beach, bingtangs, surf & yoga missions, awesome Indo food and celebrating Kaj's 30th went so fast. I completely forgot that I had famous Bali to look forward to - I just wanted to stay in this interesting rural paradise forever.
I want to share this little spot we will stay at for some of our time in Indonesia - a little secret get-away opened by some young cool people my BF knows. Living the dream: moving to Indo and opening a chilled guesthouse surrounded by ocean, nature & all the time in the world... (how I imagine it must feel to live in a place so close to my definition of paradise).