This kicks off a series of entries documenting the countries I travelled to during The Amazing Race Australia Season 1. This was done a year ago and it has already finished its run on Channel 7 in Australia. And I’ve only just caught up on uploading the photos and actually penning this down (and typing all these entries at one go and have them scheduled to automatically update). I went to very exciting places, which I will put up country by country.
For the gear heads, I shot mainly with my Canon 5DMKII with my 35mm f2 lens (first time ever choosing to shoot with just one prime lens only). The photos in 3:2 format were shot on my Canon Ixus 100.
First up, we went to Lombok and Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. I’ve never been to either before, and was looking forward to it because I heard a lot about the Gili islands being very much like paradise. To get to Gili, you can go via Lombok, grab land transport to the pier, and take a boat across. You can access it via Bali too, but it’s a longer boat ride (and via speedboat, I’m assuming – go do your research!).
To be honest, because of it’s hype, I was expecting to be transported to a different world altogether and maybe my idea of paradise is very different from others, and this is probably why — it’s a hub for avid divers. Most people who are there go for the diving, or learn to dive. You have some foreigners living there too, earning their keep as diving instructors. It has a very hippie vibe and people there are very happy with living simply, doing what they love and just living life in the moment. I like the lifestyle principles very much, I’m just not a fan of diving.
Transportation on the island is only via horse carts, colloquially known as cidomos. And they only go in one direction around the island. Be careful of the puddles there, because you never know if it is sea water or horse piss.