You might have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a long time. I’ve been away on a 6-month sabbatical making the most of this beautiful planet. When it comes to my endeavours towards eco-friendly living, air travel is most definitely my big downfall. It’s one of those tragic dichotomies in life; I’m one of many who care about the future of the planet because they love to travel whether by plane/car/ship, and have seen how amazing the world is – and how vulnerable some ecosystems and civilisations are – and they want to protect it.
So, I spent 4 months of this time doing a ski season in Meribel, French Alps – something that I have wanted to do since I started skiing aged 14. It gave a whole new meaning to the word ‘work hard, play hard’; I worked such long hours and I was physically exhausted about 90% of the time, but being able to ski every day and avoid the miserable winter months in London was SO worth it.
With the tips that I made, I managed to save most of my actual wages (something I could never have done living in London!) and I booked a 3-week trip to Singapore and Lombok, and a 5-day trip to Copenhagen for the space of time left before starting back at work. I used to live in Singapore; I spent the two years of my A-levels living with my Dad out there and going Tanglin Trust British International School. But that was 6 years ago now, and I was desperate to go back and see what had changed/see all my favourite things about Singapore again.
South Lombok was exactly what we wanted; it was a quiet, surfer’s paradise. We’d been told by friends of ours to forget Bali and go to this less developed island where you’ll find less drunken Aussies and generally less people in the water to compete with for waves. So we chose a place called Gerupuk which had a secluded bay with 4 main breaks and was supposed to be better for intermediate surfers.
Every morning we woke up at 6am for a sunrise surf. We’d hire one of the colourful wooden boats to take us out to the reef break called Inside. Then we’d hop out, surf for a couple of hours then jump back in the boat and get back in time for an omelette and fresh fruit breakfast. Paradise!
The only thing that concerned me about Lombok was the amount of plastic that I saw floating in the water whilst we sailed through the bay. In Kuta, there was also often a shocking amount of plastic waste dumped at the side of the road. There didn’t seem to be any sort of recycling system put in place by the Indonesian government, and it made me wonder whether this was just the case in Lombok or whether it was Indonesia-wide. I really hope that the government does something to resolve this issue soon, and that Indonesians can see the benefit of sorting their waste properly, for the good of the environment but also for tourism – tourists are expecting a tropical paradise island after all.
The highlight of the trip for James and I was definitely our 2 day trek up the Mount Rinjani volcano. It was probably one of the best things I have ever done, or will ever do. I found this article on The 50 Best Hikes in the World and it’s featured there. We started the hike from 600 metres, camped at the crater rim, and woke up at 2am to reach the summit at 3,726 metres in time to watch the sunrise. There’s nothing like 3 hours of trudging up steep volcanic sand in the pitch black to test your personality. That view though was unlike anything I have ever seen though! You could see the entirety of Lombok and beyond to Bali and the Gili Islands.
But now I’m home, Flickthegreen is back from her hibernation and itching to get writing again. I’ve got some article ideas on sustainable clothing, so these should be up on the blog in the next couple of weeks!