I'm home!

Home sweet home!

It's been a very long time. Busy working, preparing to go home and enjoying the last hot summer days in Sydney. But now I'm home! 13 months and exactly 1 day after I left, I'm back to enjoy the winter and Christmas! I'll try to keep the blog going with pictures of this very cold country and hopefully a couple of little trips in Europe the next months!

It's funny how I forgot what it felt like to be this cold, how christmas trees smell, how cold the water out of the taps is(!), how pretty Leuven actually is and how good it is to see everyone again :-)

Speak soon!



We had to say goodbye to the beautiful Gili Islands eventually and we moved on to Lombok. The less touristic version (and I dare to say the more appreciated by us) version of Bali. We visited Senggigi, a little harbor town and Kuta Lombok, a surfspot in the south of the island. Not that we surfed there but we enjoyed the beaches and the great great weather.

The whole trip I hadn't been eating a lot (except for white oreo cookies, oooppsss), because I wasn't that fond of the food there (Yeah, What?!?!). Not that I really hated it because we did have some great GadoGado and Fried Rice in Ubud but I also had some little stones in it once, and the very common black hairs where working against my appetite... But I have to say, we had some great feeds in Lombok! The best curry of the trip, in this little warung in Senggigi and I swapped banana pancakes for pineapple pancakes which worked better for me ;-)

After a little beach party in Gili Air (sorry no pictures), we couldn't wait for a similar party in Lombok. Unfortunately, there weren't enough people I guess. We did have a great night at some reggae bar with live music. The band only played Bob Marley songs, I think they knew how to play 10 of them so they played it over and over again... Lucky for us, we had Fien with us who performed a little song as well later at night :-)

And then, there was the way back to Bali, to catch our planes back to Belgium for the girls and Sydney for me... It included moments that I honestly thought I was going to die and at the same time moments Nele got rid of her fear for water and boats... Or not? Well let me explain, because we had some bad experiences with the first fast boat we took to get to the islands (think big waves, we were on the deck, everything soaking in salty water, including my laptop, passports and our cameras... Luckily, everything is still alive!!) we decided to go with another company. Some local had recommended this one because it was even faster. AND YES it was faster but SO fast that people started throwing up, the boat started making the loudest noises and we kind of thought the boat would break in two. Which didn't happen. Of course. But still haha :D it was a big adventure!!!

To end this with some positive notes: this island is just wonderful and we just had the best trip! Another thank you to Fien and Nele for joining and making this trip so nice & hopefully we can redo this / make it a tradition to do some travels now and then! :-)



A new load of art prints are for sale at my little society6 shop this week, and more coming soon! :-)


Paradise living, the gill islands in Indonesia

About the pictures: we made a stop on the Gili Islands on our way to Lombok. We visited 2 of these 3 tiny paradises. The first one was Gili Meno. A really quiet island (no cars and no scooters HURRAY - but horses), which is great for relaxing. However, everyone is still trying to sell stuff to you but I guess that's just Asia... There's not a lot to see or to do but it's just gorgeous.

We stayed in a nice little hotel in the middle of the island (the island is really small so it was still close to the beach). Great place, just didn't enjoy their breakfast that much after we noticed the smell of cat pee, and later all the cats (and they don't have tails which makes it kind of scary) in and around the little restaurant... After 2 days we felt like we had seen it all and we kind of had enough of it so we took a little boat to the next Island where there was a little bit more going on :-) (photo's will follow) !

Another thing (besides the traffic) that was different than Bali is the religion. There are no temples on this island. There is just one big mosque. Yep, that means every couple of hours (including very early hours in the morning) prayers through the speakers of the mosque... Not what we expected but we got used to it very quickly and like the locals we met would say it: 'this is Gili Meno Style'.

A few updates from Sydney (where I am at the moment...):
  • For those who didn't know yet. Cancelled my flight, won't be back in the beginning of November like planned... Yes, I am coming back but just a little bit later :-) 
  • Moved into a new place in Darlinghurst! It's a tiny little studio, close to the city and still pretty close to the beach as well. Unfortunately internet has been a pain so now I spend my days in the Library... 
  • I've been working on some great illustration projects lately! So busy busy busy!! 
  • Enjoying the lovely hot summer weather :-) 
  • And no, like some of you thought, I did not melt in a bush fire... 

See you soon!


Balinese tempels and coffee tastings

Extremely sleepy (after the climb) we started our day by visiting a temple and doing some Balinese coffee and tea tasting. Especially the coffee part was necessary. We had a little walk around the temple and the tropical garden of the coffee place.


The climb of mount batur in bali

And then, there was that morning... I mean... that night, that we woke up at 1:30AM to climb a volcano. The only time we met other Belgians was actually while climbing this mountain. So we weren't the only crazy people doing extremely active stuff at night! A lot of sweat and a bit of blood (it's not easy climbing volcanos when it is dark) later we made it to the top. Too bad we didn't realize before how cold it actually would be at the top. And yes... I have to say... very cold. Probably the only time we weren't sweating in the whole trip! But we made it before sunrise and the views were amazing, so we got a very nice reward for our effort! (And we got some nice Balinese massages later that day to spoil ourselves as well ;-) ).