Tanjung Ental

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  • Day49

    Nusa Lembongan

    October 19, 2019 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Nusa Lembongan ticks all the boxes for a paradise island. It has beautiful beaches perfect for sunset beers, amazing views, clear blue sea, and laid-back locals. Lots of the people we saw around seemed to be surfers or divers, the reefs around the island make great conditions for both.
    We enthusiastically adjusted to the chilled out lifestyle and spent most of our time between beaches, bars and restaurants. We did go for a longer walk to one end of the island where mangrove trees are growing out into the sea.
    We heard that this island is 'what Bali used to be like', we could only compare to today's Bali but it definitely seemed believable. Tourism is a big deal but it didn't seem as sophisticated and polished as some places we saw in Bali.
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  • Day124

    Settling into our home for next 3 weeks

    February 9, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today we travelled from Bali island over to little Nusa Lembongan. It’s a small village, about 4x4 kilometers large. We took a little ferry to get here (you’re about mid-thigh-deep in the water when you board, showing us the advantages of always wearing your swimsuit here :-)).

    There’s also not a lot of cash on the island and few opportunities to pay with card. So we each picked up 10 million rupiahs (about 600 EUR) before leaving mainland Bali - easiest way to becoming a millionaire :-)

    Our place is right on the beach, a traditionally built bungalow with a bedroom and balcony on the first floor and hammocks and the bathroom on the ground floor. A nice place and easy to spend the next couple of weeks here :-)

    Anna will be completing a three-week yoga teacher training while Bertram will spend the time surfing 🏄 and enjoying beach life (see the first of many sunsets to come in the pictures).
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  • Day129

    Starting the Yoga Teacher Training

    February 14, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today is already the last day of week 1 of my yoga teacher training (YTT). It has been a fantastic experience so far and I am glad that we chose to come - Bertram has the great opportunity to go surfing nearly every day every day so that balances it out nicely :-)

    We are a group of 31 students from all around the world: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Israel, ... The only dimension without much variation is gender: 4 males only ;-)

    Our teachers at the moment are Thia from Indonesia and Megan from the USA and both are great, dedicated teachers which is a must for days that start at 05:00 and finish at 19:45 :-)

    I really enjoy the variety of our curriculum - we always start with 2.5 hours of asana (yoga poses) practice and pranayama (breathing meditation) every morning and then have posture, anatomy and teaching workshops over the day before finishing with 1 more hour of asana. The evening session features singing, meditation, yoga philosophy.
    After building the foundation and practicing very basic poses on Day 1, we are now adding 2-3 poses per day - so much so re-learn after practicing yoga for quite some time and sometimes differently.

    Friends at home: there will be new yoga teachings soon :-)
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    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    der Wahnsinn

  • Day130

    Rest days... aren't alwas the best days

    February 15, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    After the first week of my fun and very informative yoga teacher training, it was time for the first day off - yeah!

    Originally, we had planned to go snorkeling with the manta rays but the trip was cancelled due to the bad weather forecast with lots of wind, rain, and thunderstorms 💨 ⛈ . So, surfing wasn’t an option either. :-/

    In the end, we had a nice, relaxed day in various cafés, reading our books (still on Cambodia and its difficult history for me, some historical fiction for Bertram). Following the recommendation by Bertram’s surf buddy Fabio, we even had pizza 🍕:-)

    We also started to plan the rest of our trip, looking into the possibility to visit Laos before going to Iran as our last stop. We will let you know once we figure the flights and timing out :-)

    The evening was short again with take-away food and beer on our balcony as the yoga teacher training will start at 05:00 am for our 2.5 hour asana (yoga pose) and pranayama (breathing mediation)...

    PS: photos all look a bit alike - we will work on that ;-)
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  • Day135

    More yoga, surf, and beach dogs :-)

    February 20, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    More time spent on Nusa Lembongan - and it’s already the end of week 2 of the yoga teacher training :-O You will see some evidence of my practice in the pics as we are now encouraged to develop our own sequence to practice daily at home.

    We celebrated the achievement of week 2 with some radlers in a beach bar :-) and finally I painted my toe nails :-))))

    The other part of today’s post is dedicated to the many beach dogs on Nusa Lembongan that we see every day - all of which very skinny. Similar to South America, many dogs do not have a fixed home but roam around and scavenge for food/are fed by different persons every day. Or they feed on the daily offerings that the locals put into the streets every morning day to appease the gods and spirits and bring good fortune to every one who passes by.

    Tomorrow’s day off will feature a snorkeling trip to hopefully see manta rays and surfing in the afternoon, yeah!
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    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    wunderschön, nehme ich als Hintergrundfoto für den iMac :-)

    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    sind das Opfergaben ?


    Haha! Sehr gut! :-)

  • Day136

    Scooter & surf on rest day No. 3

    February 21, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The second day off the yoga training was also very nice and a bit adventurous - we rented a scooter to get around the island 🌴 and Bertram drove it like he hadn’t done anything else in his life ;-)

    It was nice to explore the different corners of the island and the neighboring island Nusa Cenigan where we used the yellow suspension bridge to cross. We had a relaxed fresh mango-orange-lemon juice at a cliff bar before heading back to our area for an afternoon surf :-) bigger waves 🌊 which gave us the one or other crash but all friendly and fun.

    We felt pretty exhausted though after the session - luckily, we had already scheduled a massage for the evening :-)))) it was fantastic! Bert had a back massge and head massage while I treated myself to a Balinese deep tissue massage 💆 💆‍♂️ wonderful!

    The evening ended with another treat: Bertram found a really nice restaurant where we got a table at a top spot overlooking the entire bay.

    But now, it will be yoga, yoga, yoga again... the assessment is coming closer.
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  • Day144

    Rest days in paradise

    March 1, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Hello again! :-) Not so many updates lately, as our daily routine is basically “get up at dark, yoga, more yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, get home in the dark” (Anna) and “get up to meet Anna for breakfast, surf, rest, sleep, meet Anna for dinner” (Bertram). :-)

    But there are also rest days! The last one we spent slack lining, surfing, stand-up-paddling and enjoying some time out and about on the beach!
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  • Day147

    Getting ready for graduation + dinner

    March 4, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    This day went by more quickly than anticipated - from 05:00 to 16:00 is was yoga asana practice - every student had to teach the entire group a small sequence of 10 minutes 😓 💦

    Luckily my group’s turn was at 06:00 - so it was over and done with soon and we could enjoy everyone else’s practice :-) Great to see everyone’s different style!

    The tide differences were again massive today - it’s crazy to see how quickly the sea moves in: when I watch the ocean in the morning, all ships lay on the reef - and then over the next couple of hours the high tide is swallowing everything until the afternoon/evening is low again :-) great for walks on the beach though!

    The evening was a special one as we were invited to Bertram’s surf buddy Peter who has been living on Nusa Lembongan for 8 years - really interesting to hear his perspectives on island life, the waste war in Nusa Lembongan, and living “in paradise” - where it’s obviously nice with the beaches and the ocean, as well as the simplicity of life but also keeping in mind that one is missing out on a lot of other things like cultural performances, museums, connectivity to the rest of the world... Peter enjoys one of the nicer sunsets from his place in the island mountains overlooking the bay, though :-)))))

    PS: best advertising for eating more as seen on Cenigan :-)
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  • Day148

    Graduation day - what a beautiful one!

    March 5, 2018 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Today was the big day :-) Woop woop!

    We had all spent so much time in assessments and practices that the last two days just flew by. After final assessments of breath work (pranayama) and meditation practice today, we gathered again at 2 pm for the ceremony. It was a wonderful ritual and our teachers as well as everybody in the room put so much love and emotions into it that it was just amazing.

    Our teacher Thia played the harmonium and we sang mantras before the handing out of certificates started. So many lovely vibrations! Bertram was able and allowed to join as well and I am grateful that he came along to share this moment.

    We stayed on afterwards right away, drinking coffee and sangria, talking with everybody, starting to say goodbye after almost a month spent together. Hopefully, we will be able to meet many of this great crowd again during our and their travels :-)

    Thanks to everyone who was part of this very special training ❤️
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