By Lisa on Feb 03, 2014 with Comments 2
As you know by now, we are visiting the jungle at the moment on InMyShoesTravel. More specifically, we are spending this month on the blog discovering what I discovered myself in the Borneo Rainforest during my three-day stay there.
Despite the vastness of the jungle, we are going to be quite cosy and cramped in the confined space of the klotok (Indonesian river boat) where we will live. So I thought it would be nice to introduce to you the intrepid members of the jungle trip.
During our three day trip to the jungle, we were:
Lisa in the jungle
Myself: Lisa, your humble narrator (what, you didn’t think I was going to leave myself ’til last, did you?).
I was the reporter and photographer of the group. I spent a lot of my time making notes and writing anecdotes for the blog, and of course, taking photos, and editing them on the boat when I had a little time.
Being the only English one of the group (the other three being Spanish – from Mallorca, where we all live) it was normally I who would ask the questions about what we were looking at and what was happening – and that terrible question that you should never ask in the jungle, but which I could never avoid: “what happens if…?” (The answer was normally death).
Other than expecting to see orangutans and sleeping on the open deck of a boat, I had no idea about what to expect. I guess none of us did really.
Toni in the jungle
Toni is my other half and we live together in Mallorca. We have travelled all over the world together but this was the first time for both of us in the jungle.
Toni was the planner. He always is. We’re a good team in that respect: I make beautiful memories of our visits with photos and words, and he makes it all possible in the first place.
Toni spent hours and days and weeks of painstaking planning and research, to make sure that we got to go exactly where we wanted and to do exactly what we wanted. He bartered the price, organised the flights, and basically planned the whole itinerary.
Once there, Toni considered his job done. He was ready to get into the jungle and just have a great experience. (But we did put him in charge of the GoPro camera, so any videos and wide-angle photos that you see during this jungle experience on the blog, are probably courtesy of Toni.)
Yoko and Omar in the jungle
I mention Yoko and Omar together because they are also a couple.
Yoko and Omar are quite a lot younger than us (about ten years, in fact) and it was actually their first time outside Europe and their first time backpacking. Their very first experience of Asia (without counting one night in Jakarta where we had to stop over) was of this very jungle in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Yoko is Toni’s sister and Omar is her boyfriend. They both skived off uni to join the jungle trip.
Both were totally up for the challenge and experience and, like me, neither had the slightest idea of what to expect. Well imagine: you’re 19 years old from a Mediterranean island. You suddenly find yourself at the other side of the world in the jungle looking for wild beasts, living on a wooden boat in a swampy river, spotting crocodiles, giant lizards and tarantulas.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the jungle was an eye-opener for all of us…
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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....