The Bali Photo Diary – Part 3
It’s time to round off my Bali (and Lombok) adventure with one last photo diary. If I was to sum up my final days on the Island of Gods in one word it would be wonder. Climbing mountains, getting lost in huge local markets, and catching waves in crystal clear waters left me feeling as if my ultimate wanderlust dream came true. I hope you enjoy the photos below, but before you head off to check flights so you can explore the same places I did (which you totally should!), please take a minute to read this.
Unfortunately there was one scene in particular which clearly didn’t fit into my Bali-bliss and Lombok dream; the scene of one of the holiest mountains in Indonesia slowly being transformed into a gigantic dump. I have visited a number of Indonesian national parks prior to this and was expecting the usual shortage of bins paired with a general lack of understanding of how rubbish effects one’s surroundings. Considering the huge number of visitors attempting to reach the summit of Mt Rinjani every year, however, I also expected tour companies to take responsibility for their own group’s waste. As you may predict by now, this was not the case. In fact, it was appalling to say the least. While most tour guides do make an effort to collect rubbish during the day, hardly any of it makes it down the mountain. Instead, it gets parked to then be burnt besides one of the 2600m high basecamps. As a visitor to such a pristine and mesmerising environment, the only things one should leave are footprints. Just because we find ourselves in foreign countries possibly feeling unable to make an impact, we should not mindlessly contribute to the destruction of a mountain’s flora and fauna. After I convinced our tour guide to collect all of our rubbish and carry it with us until our return, I am still feeling very uneasy and would love to know if any of you wonderful readers have come across any kinds of petitions or sustainability projects which are looking to improve the ways many developing countries, especially those with booming tourist industries, deal with rubbish disposal? Feel free to flick me an email or let me know in the comments below.
For now though, sit back, relax and dive into the amazingly colourful and serene world of Mt Rinjani, The South of Lombok and Bali’s Bukit Peninsula.
Which photo do you like the best?