Thursday, January 21, 2010

Indonesia.... Part One

Sorry for the long break. It seems like awhile since I was in Indo but at the same time the memories are so fresh. So many different things happened while I was there. So many new experiences, insights and feelings. It was such an unreal experience. A much needed experience to be away from stuff and be isolated with a few friends and my thoughts. I kept a travel journal while I was there. I treasure it and am so glad I took that.

We really felt that we were completely out of our comfort zone about 95% of the time except when we were in the water. We experienced some pretty amazing things from surfing amazing waves to cruising through Bali on scooters (they drive on the opposite side) ha ; Drew getting pulled over by the police to no one speaking english; being on an airplane to the island Java and being the only white non-muslim people to a open wild life safari. It was non-stop action. We were even able to attend church in Bali at a members house which the whole island has about 6-10 members. Very humbling experience. 10% percent of Bali was Christian. All in all it was the people of Indonesia that made the experience complete. The nicest and most humble people I have ever met. Also the happiest people Ive met. I'll let the pictures tell the stories. Please comment on the pics you like and any questions you have. I will probably post more about my experience. Its one that was such a blessing and a learning experience in every way. No words to express it. SO BLESSED!

Bangen Beach

The Indo Crew with our local friend aleks eating at a Warung. No Utensils.

Streets of Bali

A Hindu ceremony

Uluwatu Hindu temple

Monkey in the temple about to take a bath

Uluwatu Surf Break

We chilled in this beach hut sitting above the ocean watching some good surf

Sunset at Uluwatu

The beautiful scenery on our scooter ride to Ubud

The Indo crew: Ryan Drew Poliman James Kristi eating at a Warung in Ubud and our view

The People

Scootering through the Rice Fields

Rice Fields and this super nice man. You could look in his eyes and see 100% happiness. I wanted to ask him what made him so happy about life but he spoke no english.

Sunest in Ubud


rachel merkley said...

the first 2 sunsets were pretty cool!

AaReAn said...

you're blog title should be Real Life (i love when you post your travel pictures!!! Makes me want to go out and about.)

Mikie said...

Wow. what an epic journey, my friend. It almost feels like one of those places that time has forgotten. Amazing how we can have so much yet be so unhappy, and people we'd view as living in poverty are so happy. Total reality check.

Jen said...

Dan you are so lucky (and I'm so jealous) that you get to travel to so many places and experience all of those cultures! I love your pictures and reading about them! Awesome!

jdprice said...

I miss Poliman. he's a good dude.

Clayton, Jen, and Millie said...

Dan it has been such long time since we've seen you! Love the pictures and it looks like you had one amazing trip!

Nettie Martin said...

LOVE the pics. . .especially the one with you and the rice farmer. can't wait for Indo Part 2

Kristi said...

wow. takes me right back. we miss it so much. our experience there changed us in ways we never thought it would - all for the better. thanks for sharing. glad you take the time to make these journeys, it's what life is all about. :)

i really love the effects you've done with your photos. very cool.

Kristi said...

so for my fav photos, in no particular order:

*waves at uluwatu (0739)
*lady with basket in Ubud (0922)
*bowed head in rice terrace (1001)
*Canggu rice fields (0900)

Leslie said...

Love reading your blog Dan. When do I get to read about Indo Part Two? What an amazing experience ... I envy you.

design gal said...

Dan! I had no idea you were such a world traveler! What an amazing experience!

I was blog hopping & stumbled upon your blog and was like, "Hey! I know this guy!" Small world!

My favorite picture is the one of the guy sitting on the cement/brick wall, wearing the green, straw hat, with this legs up, hanging his head down. Awesome picture!

Clark said...

indo looks pretty rad. I'm glad you went back in time and posted this. Hope things are going well for you Dan. Chee hoooo.

Brad Fallon said...

Indonesia sure is beautiful! I love your travel adventure pics!

Carolyn said...

What a lovely country. Looks just like the Philippines.

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