…it’s where the girls are residing at the moment – one of the 18,000 islands of indonesia, located just east of bali.
unfortunately, i discovered a couple of days ago that the gps tracker on desiree doesn’t work over there. they are surrounded by too much water and not enough land. the last track i received is right before they hopped on the boat to leave bali. you can see on map image two – the boat route that they took to get to lombok. they were taken from their rental in southern bali, to a small town called kekeri. [see map image one] this trek consisted of an hour car ride, a hop on the back of a locals motorbike to a boat and then a two hour boat ride till they arrived on the island. upon arrival – one of the girls told the people where they were staying; they looked extremely confused and said they’ve never taken tourists to that part of the island to stay… scary but exciting, right?
the highlands of lombok are forest clad and mostly undeveloped. the lowlands are highly cultivated with rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cinnamon, cacao, cloves, corn, coconuts, bananas and vanilla. they have had quite an incredible time in this part of their trip. staying in some of the most beautiful air bnb rentals and meeting wonderful people.
i don’t know if you guys are ready for these next images.. they tugged at my traveling heart strings and almost made me throw in the towel. from two dollar avocados the size of your entire hand, to a carton of eggs for a buck fifty – these ladies are livin large for the next couple of weeks.
the location they are in right now seems to be mostly inhabited with natives to the island. in fact the girls are almost positive some of these locals have never seen a tourist on their island before, let alone an american girl. what a beautiful thing to be a part of. in the beginnings of their exploration – they were walking to get food and a kid pulled up on his motorbike and asked where they were going. he spoke english which was a big surprise considering the main language there is bahasa indonesia. his name was abraham. and he has been heaven sent for these ladies during their stay. as you can see from the images, he has shown them so much beautiful back country. he is a native to the land and was more than willing to show the girls around this gorgeous island. he dropped his motorbike off at his aunts house and walked with them which was extremely helpful since they really had no idea where they were going. he took them to get food and snacks to keep at their current rental. on the way back he took them by his aunts home to buy some bananas from her and she insisted they stay for tea. everyone from the village went to look at the four white girls sipping tea with auntie and abraham. there were at least thirty people crowded around them and the kids would walk up to them and then scream and run away. or they would laugh and hide if any of the girls spoke to them. it was their first encounter with americans. the natives were in awe of these four beautifully colored bright smiling women. when it was time to go, all of the children followed the girls out on to the street and waved them on like they were celebrities. and celebrities they were here on the island of lombok.