Then we proceeded to the island of Java, the main island of Indonesia with approximately 100 million people (about half the country's total population) and perhaps twice the size of Vancouver Island. There we saw incredible Hindu and Buddhist temples, thick jungle and rain forests, rice paddies built into terraces high into the mountains, and lots and lots of traffic.
One hilarious thing that happened a number of times on both Borneo and Java was when local Indonesian tourists wanted to take our picture - sometimes with them as well and sometimes just Ally and me. I guess in some places they don't see many six foot three white guys or blonde women so they have to get pictures to show their friends back home. We tried to charge them $10 a shot but it didn't work!
Then on to Sumba Island where we stayed at a small resort (only 33 villas on a 2 1/2 kilometer private beach). Rustic charm and luxurious amenities with service that is second to none.
Our final stop was on the island of Bali. Yes, all the bad things you have heard about Bali are all true - there is too much traffic, too many MacDonalds, too many KFC's, too many cheap hotels and too many drunk Australian tourists. But, fortunately, all of that nonsense is concentrated in the southern part right around the airport and the main city of Denpasar. Venture 30-60 minutes away and you find the charming side of Bali - countless temples, tons of artistic galleries and shops, beautiful volcanoes and countryside, lovely spas, hotels and restaurants. We didn't venture all the way to the north coast but we were told that that part of the island is sleepy, quiet and peaceful. Quite the opposite of what you hear on the news.