Kuta, Lombok

I think yesterday was one of the best days of my life! We arrived to Kuta around noon and immediately put on our bikinis and hitched a ride to the beach with some locals on their motorbikes. We went to Mawi beach, a great surf spot in Lombok. The motorbikes are so fun! It was the most beautiful windy dirt road through tiny villages. We saw monkeys, water buffalo, cows, goats, chickens, dogs, cats, birds… so many animals. The local people live in these tiny little villages with now power or running water and they have the biggest smiles on their faces as you pass by. Children were running along the road naked trying to high five us as we drove past. The sounds of Muslim music were abundant as we drove along through the rice patties and it really was apparent we are in a foreign country. The drive was fantastic… so beautiful! We arrived at Mawi beach and watched the sunset over the waves and collected so many beautiful shells on the beach. I seriously don’t think I have stopped smiling since I got here! This whole trip I have been laughing almost non-stop, we are having such a great time. Everywhere we go I have had men, women and children ask to take a picture with me, it’s really funny. Blonds are not very common here!

After the beach we went into town and had dinner and met some other travelers from south africa, new zealand and argentina. They own property here in Lombok and also own a boat! We are meeting up with them in a few hours to go out snorkeling in the reef. Unfortunately I have a killer headache from drinking too much Bintang last night… We went to a bar with live music and danced until 2am. So much fun πŸ™‚ I think we will stay in Kuta Lombok for two more nights before heading either to the Gilis or some of the islands further south.

I have been really surprised at how friendly the Muslims have been, I was warned a few times that it might be difficult traveling here as woman but I have had nothing but positive experiences with everyone I have met. I think Indonesia is a very good representation of what Islam can be. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country in the world. I am enjoying learning about new cultures and immersing myself in the environment. I am also working on my Indonesian… I keep learning new words and phrases but I forget them so quickly… haha. So far the only words I have mastered are no, chicken, dog, thank you and your welcome. πŸ™‚

XOXO

Marina

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara Mikkelsen
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 00:13:17

    I am so happy that you’re having so much fun! Lombok sounds lovely and so do its people and music and children and dogs and chickens, etc. May I suggest, though, that you wear more than a bikini when you go out? Do you wear a sarong over it? Remember, Muslims have a very different view of female sexuality than we do and it could get you into trouble some day. Please cover up a bit!

    I love you enormously and wish you many more happy days of travel – the world is big and beautiful and it’s great that you’re getting to see it. Please consider drinking less to enjoy it more – headaches are no fun. Kisses, Mom

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  2. Sara Mikkelsen
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 07:46:49

    Thinking about it, perhaps you meant that you put on your bikini and something over it before you went out. I hope that’s the case!

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  3. marinamikkelsen
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 09:31:47

    but I haven’t sported a burka yet, I’m not that fashionable

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  4. Jasmine
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 11:28:30

    I would go with a burka I think you are cool enough for that. The best part is if you aren’t no one will know who you are.

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