Next chapter

“There comes a point in your life, when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”

And I am so super excited to start my new chapter soon, moving to Lombok for one year, working in paradise, learning more about the culture and the language of Indonesia, spent time with my friends in the water, surfing, surfing and surfing. Of course watching amazing sunsets, drinking coffee and coconuts, and learning more about the important things in life.

Since more than six weeks I am back in Germany, landlocked. It is a weird feeling, no ocean. I miss it so much. I take a bath in our bath tube at least once a week. The funny thing is, I always hated it. But now I am so used to spend between 2 and 4 hours a day in the water…I just miss it so much, being surrounded by water, feeling weightless. But hopefully soon I will be back on Lombok. At the moment I am waiting for my working visa, which takes more time than expected.

What am I am doing at the moment in Germany? A very good question.

The first weeks were super busy, seeing family and friends, but also at the same time I had to move out of my apartment.  And so much organisational stuff to do, unbelievable, I am still not done with everything. I sold a lot of stuff, my beautiful car, clothes and shoes, furniture, and much more. And I thought it is the perfect time to start with a more minimalistic life. Why do I need so many clothes and shoes? I don´t!

Maybe you are interested in the movie Minimalism. I definitely can recommend it. When you start thinking about the pollution of our earth, usage of plastics, our consuming behavior, everything needs to be shipped from Asia to Europe with huge ships. Imagine, the 15 biggest ships produce more sulfur oxide pollutants than all the cars in the world. This is crazy. What are we doing? It is our world! But different topic. What I wanted to say, I lived a really happy life in those 5 months travelling. And I had only a 12kg backpack with shorts, shirts, flip flops, and bikinis. Of course in Germany you need also winter clothes, proper jackets, shoes, etc. But I think it is the amount of stuff we have. So many people (inlcuding me until last year) defining their selves through consumer goods. More clothes, expensive clothes, always the best smartphone, and so on and so on….but at the end, those things are not responsible for our happiness!

I can also recommend two very good books:

Das Café am Rande der Welt / The why are you here café

Wiedersehen im Café am Rande der Welt / Return to the why café

Stay tuned 🙂 Ina

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Terima kasih banyak

A friend told me yesterday some beautiful words, about the magic in life:

„Love can grow, just believe in it“

After 158 days it is time to go home 😍 Hard to describe my trip in words, I am so thankful and happy. I’ve met so many great and interesting people along this trip. It told me we shouldn’t make prejudice to other people, rather be open and learn more about different cultures and religions. It might change your way of thinking. And at the end we are all equal, just human beings. But the biggest learning for myself is, I don’t need much to be happy. Family, friendship and spending time with the things you love to do. That’s enough.
I am now looking forward to see my family and friends again, of course I am also sad to leave this beautiful island. But in a couple of weeks I will see my Lombok friends again 😊
Terima kasih banyak waktu yang tepat 🏄 🤗

I am not the number one travel blogger 😂 so since my last post around christmas many things happend.

I stayed again 4 weeks on Lombok, my creditcard got skimmed and they took 500€ from my bank account. Then I went to Western Australia. This trip was a blast 😊 4 weeks, 21 nights in a camper van with my friend and former working colleague Sarah, 4456km on the road, amazing beaches and landscape, thousands of annoying flies sitting always in our faces, many dead kangaroos but also alive ones, hundreds of parrots and seagulls, dolfins, emus, sting rays, snakes – one alive and the other one I killed accidentially with the car (I am so sorry 🙈).
After Australia it was time for me to go back to Indonesia, I stayed two nights on Bali. Visited friends and bought a new surfboard 🙂 and then with my new baby I went straight to Lombok for another 3,5 weeks.

And now here I am, sitting at the airport in Bali and waiting for my flight back home. I don’t know if the tears are coming from saying goodbye or the happiness to see my family soon. But everything has something positiv 🙂

It is official, I will move to Lombok for one year. Working at Naluasurf as a camp manager. I am so excited and I hope everything will work out related to the visa. Fingers crossed and I will be back end of April ❤️

But until then I have to organize many things in Germany, sell my car, mountainbike, clothes, get rid of my appartement and furniture, get a new health insurance, a new creditcard (old one got skimmed), and so on. But I think it will be good to sort out my life 🙂 looking forward to this new chapter.

Will keep you updated ✌️

Christmas and being thankful

Today is the 24th of December, my first Christmas not being at home with my family and friends. Some how a strange  feeling and I am a little bit sad, but on the other side I am super happy to celebrate Christmas with new and old friends. I will have dinner with my SariFerrari, a very good friend from University. We lived and studied together. So I am really looking forward to spend the evening with her, her boyfriend and other friends AND 6 dogs ❤️
Looking back, the last years Christmas was always a really good but also super stressfull time for me. Many events, buying presents, a lot of work at my old job, dinner and party invitations. Some how it was always a little bit too much. So I could not really enjoy the time 100%, because of running from one meeting to the other.

Now I am here on Bali, during the last weeks I had plenty of time to think about myself, focusing and just breathe and live. I was starting to feel happy, an inner feeling that I had never before. I don’t know where it comes from, it was just there. First time I experienced this happy, peaceful and warm feeling while driving on my scooter on the way to get breakfast. I was smiling and enjoying the ride along rice fields. And today it was the same, I woke up this morning and was happy. On the way to the beach I felt blessed and thankful for all I have, that I am able to travel and surf the world. Thankful to have such a great and lovely family and the best friends I can imagine. Thankful to be healthy and alive. 

I wish you all „Merry Christmas“, a peaceful time with your family and friends. More time to calm down from all the stress and busy time around you, to think about what is really important in life and to be thankful for it. Put the smartphones for a moment away, talk to each other and just live the moment. Life has so much more to offer, we are just not able to see it because of too much work, the pursuit to get better and perfect, earning more money and being successful.

Sending so much love to you all, miss you! 

xxx Ina

Lombok 

We came as guests and we left as friends 🙂 

How should I start? Maybe with „I totally fell in love with Lombok“

Let’s start from the beginning 🙂 We (3 friends and myself) started our journey November 5th, we took the speedboat from Padang Bay to Lombok. From the harbour we had to drive south to Kuta, and my first impressions on this way along the coast were amazing: so many big coconut trees, surrounded by a lot of mountains with jungle, a beautiful coastline with black sand, super nice roads and not much traffic compared to Bali. 

The plan was to stay 2 weeks in Kuta at a place called Village Vibes. We started surfing at Seger and Mawi, but then we found the small village Gerupuk with its perfect surfspots. You go by boat and jump directly into the line up. Perfect waves, good to improve on the wave because the take off is easy. And everywhere on Lombok the line ups are so super empty, sometimes it was only us in the water. Ok sometimes it was crowded with maybe 30 people. 

After two weeks we were definitely not in the mood to go back to busy Bali. So we extended our stay and moved to Senggigi for a couple of days. Senggigi is the most touristy city on Lombok. We did a short trip to the area of the vulcano Rinjani and also some shopping and visa extension in Mataram. Then we had the plan of going for only some more days down to the south again. At the end we spent additional 12 amazing days in Gerupuk 🙂 Btw you can find in this village the best Japanese Ramen restaurant of Indonesia! And don’t forget to mention the amazing local Nasi Campur. 

In this month on Lombok we had so many funny moments. One to mention: We were driving back from a surf session, earlier there was a super heavy rain going down, so the streets were on some places a little bit flooded. But not deep. So we were driving through the water… and then we saw in front of us a crowd of people standing in the water. And soon we knew why, because the river was going over the street, the water was knee deep. In this moment Mia said to me „I am wondering how long the scooter makes it“  and boom the first scooter steemed and the motor broke down. A few seconds later the other scooter. But there were so many helpful people who carried the scooters inclusive surfboards into the dry area for us. 

Finally on the way back to Bali, we stopped on Gili Trawangan for two nights. A small and really beautiful island. Super touristy and not my type of place to be.

I prefer more quiet places and this is the reason why I am going back to Lombok on December 25th 🙂

Since two weeks I am on Bali, and I really like it here too. But I don’t like the long scooter rides to the surf spots and I am definitely spending too much money with all the hipster restaurants and cafés. 

Weekend surftrip to Serangan Bali

Visit „Islamic center“ of Mataram

Local food for breakfast gives you a lot of energy for 3 hours of surfing

Dogs and cats everywhere

Surfing sets my mind free

S U R F I N G – What is surfing for me?

  • It sets my mind free, I forget the time and get completely lost in the moment
  • It teaches me in serenity and being focused
  • Being surrounded by the ocean, feeling the softness of the water makes me feel safe and grounded
  • Surfing teaches me also how to deal with frustration
  • Riding a wave and feeling the power of the ocean, cruising down the wave, it is pure happiness and makes me proud of myself – every single time
  • Surfing is not only about the amount of how many waves I catched, it is about having fun. And also to be happy when your buddies catch nice waves
  • After a surf sesh I am full of energy, it feels like the ocean gives me power. I am tired but so happy and pleased. I think this is what people call stoked

The Lombok Crew ✌️

Surfing Lombok Gerupuk Outside – November 2017

My first time on a surfboard – September 2016

It´s me again

Hello there,

I know it was quiet the last weeks, because of the one and only reason: I was not in the mood of writing something. Probably most of my friends can not believe when I say I am waking up at 6am without alarm, and I am already tired at 8pm. And most of the time I am going to bed at 9pm 😀 At the moment it is already 10pm whoop whoop, and I am still awake. But honestly speaking, it is difficult to let my eyes stay open.

So what was going on during the last weeks?

First I was travelling with my boyfriend for two weeks, we spent 5 days in the SurfWG camp in Canggu, then we went to Ubud, Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan, Nusa Penida and then to Kuta. I will tell you more about those locations in a separate blog post.

After my boyfriend left Bali, I flew to Kuala Lumpur for a visa run. I landed in the late afternoon, luckily I booked my ticket for the speed train (30 min) from the airport to a central station in KL already online. From this central station I took a taxi (failure) –  while I was waiting for my budget taxi (there are also normal taxis and luxury taxis) I was standing in the middle of a fight between some taxi drivers. One of the guys was so helpful and took me out, and brought me to a second taxi point. He was so sorry for his colleagues, a really nice guy! Finally I got a taxi, but then the story starts 😀

  1. The taxi driver couldn´t read maps because of his longsightedness and he had no data on his phone to use google maps
  2. While standing in the traffic jam, he was trying to read something on his phone. Wumms…the car went backwards and we hit an Uber car
  3. Then he got completely lost and I had to navigate him to my hostel

I booked a single room in The bed KLLC hostel…the room was 2m x 3m big/small. One bed and a small table, no more space for furniture was left. The bathroom was a shared one. In the evening I did some sightseeing, a really beautiful city with huge contrasts. On the one hand luxury malls and on the other hand streets with shabby restaurants and shops selling their fish laying on the street. After 2,5 hours walking it was happy to lay in the bed. BUT…

The bad thing about the room was the missing AC/fan. It was soooo hot, no window, no air. I was sweating during the night and woke up every single hour.

In the morning I took the metro to get back to central station, and then again the speedtrain to the airport.

So what I can tell you about Kuala Lumpur:

  • socks and sandals are defintely no german thing at all. So many asian people are wearing it.
  • It was so humid, even worse than on Bali. I was wearing shorts and shirt and I was sweating so much, only from walking. A guy passed me, running in long tides and wind jacket, and I thought how is this possible? He must have sweat sooo much.
  • Wearing shorts and a shirt was a bad idea. I felt really naked, all women were completely covered and wearing headscarf

Back in Bali I stayed one night in Canggu, and then I went with friends to Lombok.

We are here in Kuta Lombok since the 5th of November. And what I can tell you: I am in love with Lombok. It is not crowded, no traffic, good streets, nice people, beautiful landscape and beaches AND the best waves I´ve ever surfed. But I will tell you more about Lombok in a different blog post.

EAT SURF SLEEP is the magic sentence for the last days 🙂

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Miss you

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In love with sunsets

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Food…

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Yummi fruitbowls everywhere

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Good looking boy

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Visit at Sara´s place

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Rainy season stats

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Dragonfruit smoothie

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Kuala Lumpur

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On the way to Lombok with a quick stop at Gili Trawangan

Lazy days

Hello again 🙂

Since two weeks I am now in the SurfWG camp, and it feels still like a normal vacation trip. I am very lazy. Wake up between 6am and 7am, breakfast followed by a morning surf session, lunch and nap time, afternoon surf session, snack, watch sunset, dinner and Bintang time  and finally back to sleep (between 9pm and 10:30pm) 🙂

Last week we went to Echo Beach Club for dinner – and after this dinner four of us were nocked out for two days with bad stomach problems. But this two days break was really good for my muscles, I started surfing with much more energy.

A few days ago I finally bought my first surfboard. Some short facts:  6.10 – 20 1/2 – 2 3/4  –  45 liter

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On Saturday Micha arrived 🙂 And he is doing really good at surfing. We are staying here in the surfcamp until Thursday, then we wanna go to Ubud and to Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. But nothing is fixed yet, we need to book the accommodation latest tomorrow 🙂

I am really sorry for this short update, but I am not in the mood to write a long text 😉

But some pictures can help you to get a feeling of the camp life 🙂

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Thursday Thoughts

Day three is almost over, I am sitting next to the Pool, listening to nice music and drinking a Bali Cider 😊

Surfing makes me hungry – I can imagination most of you think „typical Ina“ – I could eat so much here, unbelieveable. Unfortunately the camp offers Banana pancakes or fried Banana with icecream. But luckily they have also nice fruit plates here in the camp.

Today I had to fight against fear during the surf sessions, I was thinking too much, the other surfers influenced me on a negative way. But I will stay positiv, tomorrow is a new day. And nevertheless I am really grateful for everything I have. For my family, friends and especially my boyfriend, supporting me to let my dream come true.

Happiness is a choice – not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. 
Ralph Marston

Rice field behind our camp

Yummi fruit plate

View from the pool, you can see one of the Lumbungs

Yesterday’s surf at Kudeta beach

Today’s surf at Kuta beach

Both legs got finn cuts today 🙈

Today’s sunset from the rooftop terrace

Back in the water

Hello from Bali,

my first day is already over and I am beginning to relax.

The flight: As expected the plane left Stuttgart with delay on Sunday evening, but I made it to the connecting flight in Amsterdam on time. Unfortunately the plane from Amsterdam to Denpasar with a short stop in Singapore was fully booked ( I had the hope to have one free seat next to me). I was sitting next to the corridor and on the other side of the corridor there was a young women. The plane was not even started and the women started drinking wine (out of a small bottle), later she took the second bottle out of her bag. During dinner on board she drank a third bottle. And last but not least she had two Gin Tonic. And everybody could see that she was getting more and more drunk, her phone, her pillow or her blanket were falling down the whole time. And from time to time she stepped on her phone. So what do you think was the end of this story?

The women threw up on herself, even the poor man next to her had some stuff on his pants 😦 and due to the fact the women was wearing only a small top, everybody could see her nipple. And this was only 3 hours after the start in Amsterdam…we had to fly 8.5 hours more to Singapore. Horrible.

But I made it to Bali, I arrived in the evening and someone from my surfcamp picked me up. Back in the camp I got a welcome drink and I went to bed early. Btw I am staying in a 4 bed bunk room, with two girls from Germany and one guy from Finnland.

Today we started with the surfing session at 7:30. It felt so good to be back in the water. My arms were hurting, but the feeling of happiness is back 🙂  Although I was using sunblocker with 50 spf, my face is sunburnt.

In the afternoon I slept and tried to calm down from the last stressful weeks. And we went shopping to the Billabong & co outlets. I bought a boardshorts which fits perfect to my Zealous Surf Bikini. And I drank my first Bintang (beer).

So now it is 10pm and I am going to bed. Because I need to wake up very early tomorrow at 6am 🙂 Yes most of you won´t belive it, but for a surf session it is ok for me to wake up early and it is quite easy. In Germany sometimes I snooze my alarm for one hour.

All the best

Ina

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My luggage – everything was fully full 😉

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Dinner from Amsterdam to Sinagpore – why are they serving cabbage salad on a plane?

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No words needed

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View from the terrace of my Lumbung

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Kuta Beach

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Kuta Beach

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Waiting for the waves

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Fruit platter after the surf session

Welcome to my blog

„All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.“

– Walt Disney –

Courage. In the past two years I showed a lot of courage and I am proud of myself, to be who I am and what I have achieved so far. I started traveling on my own, backpacking through Thailand, exploring the streets of New York City, going to surf camps three times in a row. Portugal, Fuerteventura and Bali.

After each travel I came back with so many new and beautiful impressions. But I also had doubts. Started thinking about the meaning of life. Which adventures and stories could I tell my children one day?

Besides those doubts, the will to improve my surfing skills grew strongly. But living in a landlocked country like Germany, it´s not easy to work on your surfing skills. Practice the take off in front of the TV, train with the balance board, watch surfing videos and read a lot of theory books. But I want more.

It´s time for a new start. Take all of your courage. So I decided to quit my job and go on a long-term surf trip. It was not an easy decision, and it was not made over night. But since I made the decision, I am feeling free. Many people ask me „why quitting and not taking a sabbatical?“. I thought about taking a sabbatical, but it is not the right thing for me. I want to be really free, going on an adventure and leave the past behind me. A fresh start. Thinking about the future, without being trapped in an old job. Being open minded for new possibilities.

Until September 29th, I am working in my job as a Marketing Communication Specialist. In the upcoming weeks I have to deal with all important topics like insurance stuff, sell my car, rent my flat, book a flight to Bali as well as the first accommodation, and many more topics. Sometimes thoughts like „Ina – wtf – what are you doing?“ are coming to mind. But most of the time I am sooooo happy and excited.

And I am more than happy if you join my adventure and follow my blog.

xxx Ina

 

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