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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

From Flores

Hey guys, checking in again from the island of Flores where we’ve just spent 4 days on the Northern coast.  We stayed at the Eco Eden lodge which was a lovely place- we slept in straw bungalows on the sandy beachfront, and ate our meals under banyan trees next to the ocean which provided some shade from the intense sun.  It really was our own little paradise, and each morning I woke up at 6 am, made some tea, and walked out to the beach to sit by the water as the sun rose. The air is the perfect temperature at that time and the water is serene.

Philip and his team at Eco Eden prepared some delicious meals for us, which included freshly caught grilled fish, fried rice, and my personal favorite “kolak” which is a stew of bananas, mung beans, and tapioca pearls in a coconutty/milky/watery sauce.  At first I had no idea what it was but 3 bowls later I was happily stuffed.

One of the best things we did over midcourse was a silent trek along the beach and up a small mountain to a lookout over the ocean. When we arrived at the top I found a perch on a jutted our part of the hill which let me sit on a grassy bed over the ocean.  The sunset was phenomenal- the perfect mix of baby pinks and creamsicle oranges streaming down through the clouds.  The silence helped us to reflect and absorb the beauty.

Another perk of the week was getting to pick up a coconut from the pile under a designated palm tree at Eco Eden, and chop it open with a huge machete.  The water was sweet and refreshing, and after another crack with the machete, I could scoop the meat out of the coconut and eat it for dessert.

I’ll miss the 2 baby goats that lived under my bungalow most.

Love to the family and everyone at home, xoxo.