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November 26, 2011

Star Trek

Filed under: Indonesia,visits — scotsabroad @ 8:57 pm

We have had a wonderful morning trekking in the hills, villages and farms to the East behind Sentul. Shona and a colleague were doing a recce for the International award using the local ID Guides ( http://www.idguides.org/index.html) but both accompanying families had a great experience. An early morning drive out of Jakarta of about an hour and a half and a meeting with our guides at the Petronas petrol station in Sentul City at 7:30 am.

We drive East for about another half hour and park. Instantly we are hit with the sheer beauty of the landscape and how green everything is. The rainy season has provided a very muddy path and fast flowing water but at all times we feel comfortable and safe. A rather rickety old bridge provides a good challenge. We walk through banana plantations, wild coffee, pineapples and cassava. We see clouds of dragonflies, a couple of eagles, butterflies, enormous grasshoppers and spiders. We stopped to guddle in some gorge water.

The highlight was a walk through some padi-fields. Beautiful scenery, simple but breathtaking engineering. We come across tapioca drying in the sun. Before getting too close there is that recognisable smell of the yellow custard powder my mum used when I was young. The guides are brilliant with the children almost too protective. We stopped at the camp site and find a praying mantis. The lemon grass we have collected becomes a kettle of sweetened tea. All of us disappointed as we return to reality and pick up the cars that  have been driven down the hill for us. Even the two and a half hour (30km) journey back to Jakarta fails to dampen our spirit of adventure. The boys loved it.

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November 4, 2011

Waterboys

Filed under: Holidays,Indonesia — scotsabroad @ 8:43 pm

Not the greatest photograph of the stretch of water between the island of Gili Trawangan and Lombok but a picture that will stay in my memory for a long time. Cairo is somewhere below the surface. I still can’t quite get my head round the experience of watching my eleven year old son complete his first open water dive. I was the cat on the hot tin roof on top of the dive boat as I anxiously scanned the water for the best part of an hour. Mixed feelings ranging from irresponsibile dad, as the hour dragged on, to total admiration as he surfaced.

We have had a wonderful week on Gili Trawangan. Lovely hotel with three cats especially for Lucas. The boys surfed, swam and  went snorkeling almost on a daily basis. Saw some amazing fish and turtles. Bit like swimming in the doctor’s surgery fish-tank back in Dundee. We arrived back in Jakarta today sun-kissed, with sand spilling out of our bags all over the apartment floor and with some great memories.

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