Twelve hours by bus and 6 hours by ferry from Mount Bromo's Volcano, I managed to arrive at the beautiful Lombok Island.
I rented a motor scooter to cruise around Lombok Island, and what amazed me was the innovative people. I was watching kids use cows, lambs, and goats to graze the futbol fields instead of traditional lawn mowers. They put stakes in the ground and tie the animals to them. As they graze the full circle, the people move the stakes till you end up with a perfectly manicured lawn and a fantastic soccer game. The women used banana tree leaves as rain hats while picking rice in the fields. It was pretty cool.
While I was cruising along the upper parts of the island, I captured this beautiful view overlooking the ocean with the tiny fishing boats and the foggy Bali Mountain with its reflection in the water.
I have to say that the incredible archipelago of the Indonesian Islands gets prettier the further south you travel. Of all of them, the Gili Islands are the best, because it's truly tropical bliss. No cars, no electricity, no smog, or deafening urban noise on the islands. A few small generators for the essentials (e.g. blenders for the essential tropical cocktail) and voila! Paradise.
A volcanic cone on Java Island in Indonesia, the smoke bellows out all day long 24/7/365. On the stairs walking up, the smell of sulfur was so strong that I was breathing through my shirt. You couldn’t keep your eyes open for more than a few seconds, because boy, does sulfur burn.
I have explored 76 countries, no hand holding, no tour guides just a drive to see, smell, taste, experience, and enjoy the earth. I have been on Reality Television and spend much of my time giving back to the community. From a unique perspective of sports, adventure and travel.