Flores: A Journey of Middle-Earth Magnitude.


by Carlina Teteris

I’ve always been drawn to Flores; it had held an exotic allure in my mind. After two days of over land travelling from the more accessible island of Lombok, I finally stepped on Flores soil in the Western port town Labuan Bajo. I was struck with the realization that during years of dreaming of visiting Flores, I had failed to do any research on where to go or what to see once I arrived. The only thing I really knew for sure was that hobbits came from Flores.

While I didn’t make contact with any hobbits, the island certainly had its share of other Middle-Earth qualities. Tracking the infamous Komodo dragons in their natural habitat was certainly a highlight of the journey, especially as we came at a time where the creatures were feeling particularly docile.

During my journey across the island by bus, boat and hitchhiking in an odd fish-delivery truck, I wasn't disappointing with my expectations of the exotic lands. The island has been bestowed with the most romantic features, and would charm even the most well-travelled wanderers: immaculate beaches; steep, misty mountains; volcanoes; pristine jungles, dense with exotic spices; crystal clear rivers; and wonderfully social locals who greet you as warm and family.

One Response to “Carlina Teteris”

  1. Nadine Baumann

    What an inspiration you are Carlina!
    You are living the dream and you are an awesome photographer!

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