4:45 o'clock to get up in the morning. This fits not to the location. Yesterday evening
I was relaxing at the pool bar and then sitting in butter-soft sand of Senggigi Beach, with
a good Cuban cigar, enjoying the sunset over the sea. But now utterly alone, I sit in the hotel lobby on early morning,
waiting for the driver from the Rinjani Trekking Club who pick me up. Everything had been arranged from Germany via Internet and email.
Outside it is pitch dark. Will they come? Yes, it works. At 5:30 a taxi arrives. A Russian couple already sitting
in the car, with the same goal. She wears a short ruffled mini skirt. Nice legs. Beside his
Canon EOS sow my EOS 450 looks like a pocket camera. Regardless, the two I've never seen again.
Probably they booked another tour. Arrived at the Rinjani Trekking Club Senaru, there is a welcome
and a breakfast. Coffee and banana pancakes, which I will learn to appreciate over the next few
days. I am a little surprised when the trip continues after breakfast. Another 1 hour drive to
Sembalun. From there we finally start.
On the journey I meet Aril for the first time. He will be my guide for the next three days. Actually a nice guy. But what is this? From the first meter of Aril sets a pace I had not expected. I am training for a marathon and have been walking in the mountains since my 6th year of life. But this pace I will not hold out indefinitely. I'm doing a photo break. The mountain is just so beautiful. After my short break Aril presumably has the desire to get in the lost time by running even faster, I follow behind. Push me up with my walking sticks on each step, as if I want to jump up. Slowly I get warm. And behold, suddenly my guide stopped abruptly. Anyway, I'm not doing slower and pull over. Now he is panting after me. A wonderful feeling.
After about 2.5 hours we have a long rest. Lunch break. I've now also got to know Martin, our porter. Martin is an angel. With his slippers on his feet he carries for three days eating and drinking for three people, two dome tents, three sleeping bags and camping mats, cooking utensils and all sorts of accessories up the mountain. Aril and Martin immediately begin to make a small fire to ignite. "Tea or coffee, Sir?" This question is the guiding principle for the next three days. It does not take long and a completely overloaded plate with fried noodles, rice, omelette and rice crackers stands in front of me. This can't polish off a human being. Although I want to be polite, I only manage half. Then there are cookies. Martin probably likes to get rid of some weight in the beginning. Now I have to carry my full belly up bear.
Relax from daily workload, right on the beach of Candidasa. Listen to the sound of the waves and feel the wind on your skin. Enjoy Balinese lifestyle ...
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