Back in Canada now, so time to add some pictures and words to this here blog. The trip to Bali was great! The weather was perfect, we all arrived and left safely, and had a great time there. Our first couple of nights we stayed in Kuta, the main tourist/party town on Bali Island. During our time there we checked out a couple of the nightclubs right around the Bali bombing site: big big bars! We also rented some motor scooters and rode them out to the southern tip of the island at a place called Ulu Watu. This place is a holy Hindu site, and the ocean here is a popular spot for surfing. The cliff scenery is amazing. After that, we took a short flight over to Lombok, a neighboring island to Bali and headed out to the Gilies
. The Gilies are three small islands just off the coast of Lombok. The largest one, probably only a 2 hour walk around, is called Gilie Trawangan, or Gilie T. The island is very small, and has no cars or motorcycles. Very quiet, and beautiful place. On the island we did some snorkelling, and otherwise relaxed for a couple days. After Gilie T, we went back to Lombok and decided to go on a 3 day, 2 night trek on Mount Rinjani, the second tallest volcano in Indonesia. 3726 meters tall! Needless to say, it was no cake walk. We successfully navigated to the top, and all the way back down....barely. It was a great experience though, with very rewarding views. More on that later. After the volcano, we went back to Bali and visited Ubud, a city that is very rich in Balinese culture and art. We only had 1 day there which is too bad because it seemed like a really interesting place. We just happened to be there during a Balinese holiday called Kuningan which is almost like the Balinese christmas. The city was filled with all sorts of decorations and offerings to the gods so we got to see some things that otherwise wouldnt have been there. Pictures to follow.
After the school year is (finally) over, I will be meeting a couple friends from China and the bro in Bali. We will be spending about two weeks on Bali and Lombok before I head home for the summer. Can't wait!