I love this photo, the lady on the left of the photo is Melissa, she was taking photos of these ladies who we met on the island of Lombok back in July. Melissa asked the group of ladies if she could take their photo and she was quickly given permission. The ladies did their best “serious” pose and Melissa took a few snaps. However, I think that the best expressions were from this “behind the scenes” shot that I captured of Melissa showing the photos that she took, the expression on the lady with the basket on her head is classic. Note to all: if you are traveling around Indonesia and would like to take pictures of the people that you meet please ask permission first (just point to the camera and say “photo?” if there is a language problem) as some people don’t like having their photo taken. The best reaction you will get is to “share” your photo with your subject afterward by showing them the photo, everyone loves the results!
One of the activities I have been getting up to a lot in Bali these days is mountain biking. I bought a good full suspension bike around the beginning of March and have been trying to get out and do some riding quite often when I am in town. For those not too familiar with Bali, it’s actually a very mountainous sort of place with lots of hills and off road terrain. The sort of riding that we are doing is what could be described as Cross Country, no major single track downhill stuff (mostly we are too old for that) but rather some very interesting trails through the woods, rice fields, and some gnarly roads found throughout Bali. We have been riding in the areas of Bedugul, Kintamani, Ubud, Tabanan, and the small island of Serangan near Sanur. There are loads of tracks still to be ridden but we are slowly finding more and more fun rides to go on. We have a group of anywhere up to 10 people joining us on these rides which can take anywhere from about 2.5 hours to 5 or 6 hours. If you are interested in riding with us then let us know and hopefully can sort something out.
Here is a short video that shows one of the rides in Bedugul.