January 18, 2019

It's January and relatively quiet on the visitor's front, as is actually always the case this month. The rainy season has started about 5 weeks ago and brings us the usual, sometimes deluge-like rainfalls. Today is the first day of this year that we are greeted by a br...

December 2, 2018

On November 29th a Healthy Day, sponsored by our aid project The Bunutan Care Projects, took place here in Lipah: A team from the John Fawcett Foundation visited our village with one of their mobile eye clinics. This extraordinary foundation deserves a small portrait h...

November 2, 2018

Finally the long awaited day has arrived: The day of the melaspas ceremony for the new health post in the hills of Lipah. Melaspas is a religious ceremony that must be held for every new building. Construction work disturbs the harmony of a place: plants are dug out, t...

September 22, 2018

In the high season between June and October, our otherwise quiet little village resembles a beehive: it is full of activity and vigour. After all, a large part of the annual income that feeds the families has to be earned in these few months. In other years, one could...

September 21, 2018

Lipah, part of the village of Bunutan, on August 5, 2018, 19:46. Many of the tourists brave enough to come to Bunutan, the easternmost tip of Bali, closest to the neighbouring island of Lombok, despite last week's 6.4 earthquake, are currently ordering their dinner in...

July 29, 2018

This morning we were ripped from our sleep by an earthquake.  The bed swayed horizontally back and forth as if it were on a ship in high seas.  The beams groaned, then photos framed behind glass fell off the shelf in the back of the room cracking and splintering to the...

July 6, 2018

During the past few days the volcano has erupted several times, distributing tephra, probably a mixture of new lava and old lava which has been molten again, on the mountain top and emitting ash clouds, as already seen before. Since one of the ash clouds rose to a high...

July 3, 2018

Yesterday evening, the as yet biggest eruption of Mount Agung occured: It was a strombolian eruption, hurling red hot tephra into the air, which landed on the top third of the volcano. There it set fire to the vegetation, causing the mountain to glow spectacularly in t...

June 29, 2018

He is doing it again: Shortly before the start of the high season in Bali, the volcano produces an ash cloud which causes the closure of Denpasar's airport for several hours today. Registered tourists cancel their bookings and look for volcano-free holiday destinations...

June 28, 2018

The volcano gives us no rest: Time and again it puffs out smaller or bigger smokey clouds into the sky, like a notorious chain smoker. However, all of them are harmless phreatic eruptions, i.e. explosions in the crater, which are caused by a combination of heat and wat...

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