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 ;-) ).


in and around ubud, bali

The 3rd stop of our little Indonesia trip was the little town of Ubud, located in the center of Bali. A lot different than what we had seen before in Kuta. Definitely a lot nicer and more like how I imagined what Bali would look like.

The first day we rented some bicycles and we biked around town the whole day. Made a couple stops to try coconuts, enjoy the views and take some pictures. The other days we walked to the rice fields, visited the morning markets, did a little trip to the monkey forest and enjoyed a real Balinese massage. Just lovely. Oh, yea, we stayed there in the most beautiful (and cheap) guest house of the whole trip (unfortunately no pictures). I'd love to recommend 'Inten House' to everyone who is going/planning to go to Ubud!