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After a week on Bali in 1976 I spent a few days on the neighbouring island Lombok, a few hours by boat further east. Reading my diary I was shocked to realize I hardly remembered anything from those days. So the only thing I know for sure about today's three photos is that they were taken somewhere on Lombok, but whether the west coast or the east coast I don't know. Probably they're from both sides of the island and taken on different days.

But I have a strong suspicion that today's main photo is from the east coast.

Of course that is of no importance here. It just annoys me personally that not even the descriptions in my diary reveal where I took these photos, and those I will show in my next uploads.

What I do know is that one day I went to a town on the east coast, also called Lombok, where I believe today's main photo was taken, and where I could have taken another boat further east, if I had had the time for that. But in 1976 tourism had not yet taken off east of Bali, and communications were slow and complicated. I saw three or four other tourists while on Lombok, but generally "white people" were a rarity.

According to my diary I spent a lot of time going by minibus here and there across the island, but the villages I had read about and most eagerly wanted to see were always very difficult to reach by public transport.

So after a few days I went back to Bali, largely disappointed with my detour. I generally found Bali so much nicer and friendlier than Lombok, and there was so much more to see on Bali.

Two photos taken during higher tide can be seen in the WS. All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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